Local Sports

  • Short-handed Pirates falter in 2nd half

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    ZEPHYRHILLS — Coming off a strong 2016 season that featured a playoff appearance, Crystal River had plenty to feel good about this spring.

  • Graham making the leap to college wrestling

    C.J. Risak


    A choice had to be made. And it didn’t take Jason Graham long to make it.

  • Heading home happy

    CLEVELAND — For the first time in a year, the Rays didn’t get run over on the road.

    Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer — his third homer in two days — and Alex Cobb controlled Cleveland over seven innings as Tampa Bay busted out the bats in a 7-4 win over the Indians on Wednesday to complete the Rays’ most successful trip since last May.

  • Rays dig long ball

    CLEVELAND — The Tampa Bay Rays went to the home run ball in Tuesday night’s 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

    Corey Dickerson hit two of Tampa Bay’s season-high five homers, including a 449-foot blast that landed in the trees beyond the center field wall in the fifth.

  • Coleman’s attitude impressed LaGrange

    C.J. Risak


    Sure, numbers posted can provide a softball coach an indication of a player’s ability — they can indicate a recruit’s proficiency at the plate, in the field, or in the circle.

  • Alvarez joins a building football program

    C.J. Risak


    Always nice to be part of a program that’s building toward success. Which is just where Dakota Alvarez now finds himself.

  • SEC softball all in

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The national championship hopes of every softball team in the Southeastern Conference remain very much alive heading into the NCAA Tournament.

    All 13 SEC programs earned NCAA berths, a list headed by No. 1 overall seed Florida as it chases its third national title in four seasons.

  • Indians hold off Rays 8-7

    CLEVELAND — Indians starter Carlos Carrasco left early with an injury, but five relievers kept the lead and helped the Indians hold off the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 Monday night.

    Carrasco was pulled because of tightness in his left pectoral muscle after giving up an RBI single to Brad Miller. The right-hander allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings and left with Cleveland ahead 7-4.

  • County’s flag football gridiron greats

    David Pieklik


    Note: The athlete of the year finalists and winners in each sport will be honored June 1 at the annual Student Athletic Recognitions banquet at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus in Lecanto.

  • Rays’ bats explode in Boston

    BOSTON — The Tampa Bay Rays spent their longest nine-inning game in team history playing in wind, rain and chilly temperatures in Fenway Park. It certainly felt a lot better coming away with a win.

    Steven Souza Jr. hit a three-run homer, Jesus Sucre drove in three runs and the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 11-2 on Sunday.