Local Sports

  • ’Canes slow things down, walk past Panthers

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — Up tempo. That’s the style of play embraced by Citrus’ girls basketball team.

  • Round 1 to Citrus

    Jon-Michael Soracchi


    LECANTO – In a contest that featured fast breaks, flashy passes and ferocious dunks, it still came down to the fundamentals.

    The Citrus boys basketball team hit a few more free throws and took good enough to care of the ball to score a 67-62 District 5A-6 victory at Lecanto on Friday night.

  • Panthers take on ’Canes in significant rivalry

    One the county’s most competitive rivalries tips off its 2014-15 edition tonight at Lecanto, as the Panthers welcome reigning District 5A-6 champion Citrus to their gym for a district and intra-county opener.

  • As a Pirate, Miller makes up for lost time

    After an ankle injury kept him out for his would-be junior season, Lance Miller is making up for lost time.

  • Curtains raise, mats set at Weeki Wachee

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    For the third consecutive winter, Hernando County’s newest mat program, Weeki Wachee High School, is opening its wrestling season this afternoon behind its two-day, 16-team dual meet tournament.

  • Pirates punish Warriors 51-28

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — It took the Crystal River girls basketball team until the midpoint of the second quarter to really get going.

  • In with the new

    GAINESVILLE — Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley wanted a coach with an offensive track record of success.

    Foley even agreed to pay extra to get him.

    After working though a sticky buyout issue, Jim McElwain left Colorado State on Thursday to become Florida’s next head coach.

  • Girls weightlifting notebook: LeCours looks for commitment

    Larry Bugg


    The girl weightlifters at Lecanto High School know they are not there to play around.

    Coach Bob LeCours expects them to work hard at practice. He is a former football coach and expects heavy lifting effort from his girls.

  • Loud and proud

    Larry Bugg


    Warning: Those individuals who find themselves close to Jessica Anspaugh when she attempts a bench press or clean and jerk may want to consider changing their locations or putting on some ear plugs or headphones.

    Anspaugh, who lifts in the 183-pound class for Citrus High School, has been known to emit some deafening sounds. Usually, it’s when she has a personal best in the attempted lift.

  • Local sports briefs

    Pirates sting Hornets

    Lance Miller had a double-double to lead the Crystal River boys basketball team to a 58-43 win over Weeki Wachee on Wednesday night at home.

    Miller finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds, Tyrek Scriven added eight rebounds and two steals and Khyrel Harvey had seven points and four assists.

    The Pirates (2-2) are back at it tonight at Ocala St. John Lutheran.