Local Sports

  • Moving up in the ranks, Roberts still on the rise

    Back in January, Crystal River native Trevor Roberts bowled his eighth 300 in a sanctioned tournament. It got him a sixth-place finish — his second one in just his third-ever PBA event. His first real taste of what it’s like to compete in the big leagues, the new guy on the scene and all while working on his AA degree.
    It’s funny what can change in eight months.

  • Pirates sweep Lecanto

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — In Tuesday’s first set between the Crystal River and Lecanto volleyball squads, the host Panthers did just about everything right, battling the Pirates for the lead throughout and never letting them go up by more than two.

    Until the stretch run. Lecanto was up 20-18, then allowed Crystal River to score seven of the set’s final eight points and win, 25-21.

  • Lecanto swimmers clinch county crown

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    LECANTO — The depth of Lecanto’s swim team was once again on display in different ways Tuesday night, as the Panthers swept Citrus and could officially call themselves county champs.

    Just as they did a week earlier at the same Citrus County YMCA pool, Lecanto’s boys won 108-74 and the girls cruised to a 138-38 victory.

  • Quick beginning

    Colleen Bennett

    For the Chronicle

    She hasn’t attended a Homecoming dance, dissected an animal in biology class or even driven a car.

    But none of that matters on the cross country course to seventh grade Seven Rivers Christian School runner Mackenzie Scordato. At 12 years old, she’s not only the fastest female on her team, outrunning girls nearly six years her senior, but she’s also one of the fastest girls in the county.

  • Rays feel they’re better than record

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays insist they aren’t as bad as their worst finish in nearly a decade might suggest.

    You have to go all the way back to 2007, when the franchise was still known as the dreadful Devil Rays, for an inferior record to this year’s 68-94 mark that matched the second-worst in the majors and kept Tampa Bay in the basement of a division that sent three teams to the playoffs.

  • Talented Lightning poised to make run at finals

    TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning aren’t in a hurry to anoint themselves championship contenders.

    They expect to be in the hunt for the NHL title after reaching the Stanley Cup final two years ago and coming within one victory of a return trip last spring, however they’re not taking anything for granted.

  • ‘I want to go out with a bang’

    C.J. Risak


    A year ago heading into the 6A-7 volleyball tournament, Crystal River and Weeki Wachee had emerged from the pack to establish themselves as the teams to beat. By the time the district was decided, only Weeki Wachee was still alive.

    Crystal River, which had posted the best regular-season 6A-7 mark, lost its first tournament match.

  • No. 18 Florida could have Del Rio back

    GAINESVILLE — Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio has spent the last two weeks watching from the sidelines, and he probably wanted to turn away at times.

    The Gators managed just 338 yards and 20 points in their last six quarters, a humbling output for an offense that expected to be dramatically improved this season.

  • Steele takes Non-Winged Sprint Car feature

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    Despite a last-lap slide into the grass through turns one and two, Dave Steele took a wire-to-wire win in Non-Winged Sprint Car action Saturday night at Citrus County Speedway. It was win No. 10 for Steele in the Sprint Car series. Steele set a blistering pace on the quarter-mile asphalt oval and led the way from the start.

  • Homecoming a good night for most

    Homecoming is generally one of the most exciting games on the schedule for players and coaches. For most of the county’s teams this year, it was. For others, not so much.

    The Lecanto Panthers were mauled defensively by Central’s running back De’Vonta Smith, who rushed for 358 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Panthers (1-3) lost 35-21 to the Bears (3-2) and fell to 0-2 in the district.

    Smith has scored 18 touchdowns this year and has rushed for almost 1,500 yards through five games.