Local Sports

  • Pirates take care of Tigers

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    SPRING HILL — If you’re going to have an unforgettable performance, why not do it when it’s needed most?

    Savannah Edwards did just that in Wednesday’s 6A-6 softball tournament semifinal, collecting four hits including two home runs and driving in seven runs to propel Crystal River past Dunnellon 14-5 at Spring Hill Springstead.

  • Lightning and Red Wings meet in first round of Stanley Cup playoffs again

    BRANDON — There’s nothing like the Stanley Cup playoffs to make Brad Richards feel young again.

    The two-time Stanley Cup champion is in the postseason for the 10th time during a 16-year career that includes stints with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and his current team, the Detroit Red Wings, who squeezed into the playoffs for the 25th consecutive season.

  • Bogart returns to haunt Lecanto one more time

    LECANTO — Austin Bogart was a thorn in Lecanto’s side for three years as a center fielder and pitcher for Citrus, where he was twice named Chronicle Player of the Year. 

    Against the Panthers on Tuesday, not much had changed other than the slugger’s jersey, as his two-run home run to deep center in the second inning helped his Villages Charter club spoil the Panthers’ senior night with an 8-4 win in Lecanto.

  • Late fireworks send Rays past Cleveland

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays have struggled to get hits off Cleveland pitching.

    Five was enough Tuesday night for a victory.

    Logan Forsythe and Evan Longoria both hit two-run home runs in the eighth inning, and the Rays beat the Indians 5-1.

    “A pretty exciting win, to say the least,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said.

  • Warriors paste Lakeside Christian in opener

    The Seven Rivers Christian softball team had little trouble advancing in the District 2A-5 Tournament on Monday, with a 17-2 four-inning victory over Lakeside Christian at Canterbury High School.

    The third-seeded Warriors (15-5) advance to Tuesday night’s 5 p.m. semifinal back at Canterbury against No. 2 seed Academy at the Lakes. The winner of that game moves on to Thursday’s final and clinches a spot in the regional tournament.

  • Crystal River puts it all together in 8-2 victory over Citrus

    SPRING HILL — The Crystal River softball team showed timing is everything in its District 6A-6 tournament opener on Monday, as it enjoyed a couple of big offensive innings and a superb performance in the circle from its freshman ace to notch an upset over a county rival it had yet to beat this season.

  • Lecanto swats away Hornets 9-0

    C.J. Risak


    SPRING HILL — Not everything went well for Lecanto when it took on Weeki Wachee in the opening round of the District 6A-6 softball tournament. But more than enough did to catapult the Panthers to a 9-0 triumph Monday at Springstead High School.

  • Rolling Pens, confident Caps headline NHL East

    WASHINGTON — Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals are the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference and could be on a crash course to meet in the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

    Crosby and Ovechkin would face off in the second round, marking just the second postseason meeting between the two stars.

  • Can’t stop, won’t stop

    In 10 days, Laura Hamilton will seal the deal on something that she’s been wanting for a while now — an adventure, a new experience and the opportunity to play soccer at the collegiate level.

  • Starting with a clean slate

    C.J. Risak


    Coaches agree — an entire season can be defined by what happens this week.

    The district softball tournaments start today, with Spring Hill Springstead hosting the 6A-6 games and St. Petersburg Canterbury doing likewise for 2A-5.