Local Sports

  • Former champs own opening night at Speedway

    INVERNESS—The 2015 opening night of racing at the Citrus County Speedway saw four recent champions and a couple of formidable regulars take the checkered flag.

    Eric Sharrone (Pro Figure 8s), Bill Ryan (Mini Stocks), Curtis Flanagan (Street Stocks), Jason Waller (Pure Stocks), Shannon Kennedy (Modified Mini Stocks) and Andy Nicholls (Sportsman) each prevailed for feature wins at the Inverness track on Saturday.

  • All-Chronicle football team

    Offensive Player of the Year nominees

    Travis McGee, QB, Jr., Lecanto

    The junior signal caller led the county in passing, scoring (25 TDs) and total yards (2,025), as he completed 52 percent of his passes for 1,566 yards and 18 touchdowns; rushed for another 459 yards and seven TDs; led LHS to just its third non-losing season and third win over county rival Crystal River.

  • Lecanto standout stays close to home

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    Ty Hamilton admits he didn’t have a lot to do with Alexandra (Lexi) Moore’s development as a soccer standout, but it didn’t take long for him to form an opinion.

  • Pirates take fourth

    INVERNESS — After more than 300 bouts and 11 hours of wrestling, Lakeland-Lake Gibson survived a 17-team field to win the 10th annual Ed Kilpatrick Classic at Citrus High School on Saturday.

    Crystal River, which finished second in last year’s Kilpatrick event, placed fourth in the double-elimination IBT (individually bracketed tournament). Citrus came in ninth — just four points behind Weeki Wachee.

  • Forges finishes strong at state meet

    KISSIMMEE — It was Wanwisa Forges who wore the smile Saturday — Destiny Langley was a little down.

    Forges, a junior at Lecanto had a bench press of 135 pounds and a clean and jerk of 145 pounds for a 280-pound total at the 2015 State Girls Weightlifting Meet at the Kissimmee Civic Center.

    It was her first time at the meet. She finished 17th out of 30 in the 169-pound weight class.

  • Florida braces for battle with No. 1 Kentucky

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Billy Donovan has one of his worst teams in years, a near-.500 group that doesn’t do anything particularly well. Kentucky’s John Calipari has one of his best, a deep, talented and undefeated crew that’s shown few, if any, weaknesses all season.

    It looks like a major mismatch.

    Donovan sure feels that way.

  • Racing comes back to the Speedway

    The Citrus County Speedway kicks off its 61st year today with a slate of eight racing classes in Inverness. 

    Sportsmen, Modified Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, Pro Figure 8s, Pro Hornets and Rookie Hornets populate today’s racing card, which takes the green flag for the first heat at 5:30 p.m. Features are expected to begin at 7 p.m.

  • Meade made Panther fans proud

    Tony Castro


    There are few Lecanto wrestlers that have amassed the credentials of Gregory Alan Meade.

    Consider before Meade graduated from LHS in 1999, he was a rare three-time district champion and two-time state placer under Panthers coach Cory Collins.

  • Citrus, Pirates in loaded Kilpatrick Classic

    Tony Castro


    Citrus County fans will be treated to an outstanding collection of prep mat talent during today’s 10th annual Ed Kilpatrick Classic at Citrus High School.

  • Three-peat denied

    DUNNELLON — A 13-year district title drought was ended with a torrential downpour by the Dunnellon offense and senior Desmond Frazier against Citrus on Friday in the boys District 5A-6 hoops championship in the Tigers Den.

    Behind Frazier’s career-high 40 points, the Tigers avenged last year’s championship loss to the Hurricanes with a decisive 81-57 victory, earning the program its first district championship since 2001.