Local Sports

  • Back on county track

    Non-Winged Sprints and Open Wheel Modifieds return to Inverness for the first time in more than three months to headline tonight’s racing lineup at the Citrus County Speedway.

    Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Pro Hornets — regular and Figure 8s — join the racing card with 25-lap events, while Sprints and Modifieds run 30 and 40 laps, respectively.

  • CRHS grad Dewees extends hitting streak to 13 games

    Donnie Dewees extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a pair of hits on Thursday, helping his Northwest League Eugene Emeralds to a 12-5 victory over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

    The 2012 Crystal River High School graduate and second-round pick of the Chicago Cubs also stole a base and drove in his 24th run of the season in the game, his 12th multi-hit performance since joining the Cubs’ Class A Short Season affiliate in late June.

  • Tigers blank Williston 27-0

    The Dunnellon football team scored a 27-0 shutout victory at Williston on Friday night in preseason action.

    Ivory Mack scored three times for Dunnellon, which led 14-0 early in the second quarter and cruised to the three-quarter victory.

  • Pirates edge Eagles 14-13

    After falling behind 13-0 in the first quarter at South Lake on Friday, the Crystal River football team regrouped and rallied for a 14-13 preseason road victory.

    It was a nice win for the Pirates over a squad that went 8-3 last season and reached the Class 6A playoffs.

  • Mistakes cost CHS in Classic

    Andrew Caplan

    Staff Writer

    WESLEY CHAPEL — The Wesley Chapel Wildcats edged the Citrus Hurricanes 15-6 in the annual Preseason Classic Friday night.

    The Hurricanes are looking to improve from last year’s 5-5 record by establishing their running attack once again, which is coincidently how sophomore Cole Baldner scored the team’s sole touchdown.

  • Panthers whip Rattlers in preseason action

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — Lecanto fought through 10 penalties and a slow start to cruise to a 46-7 win over Belleview in preseason football Friday night.

    Senior quarterback Travis McGee passed for 144 yards and three touchdowns after coming in with his varsity teammates for the second half. He also scored a rare defensive touchdown after being put in as a safety late in the game, returning an interception 84 yards for a game-ending score.

  • A running start

    LECANTO — The Seven Rivers Christian football team introduced its new stadium and a prospective future star in the county in its preseason kickoff classic on Friday.

    After a slow start put the Warriors in a 6-0 hole late in the opening quarter, the Warriors reeled off rushing touchdowns on five straight drives to overwhelm St. Francis Catholic of Gainesville 37-12 at Warrior Park.

  • Bortles taking things in stride

    JACKSONVILLE — Blake Bortles had one critique about his performance in Jacksonville’s preseason opener.

    Not surprisingly, it involved what essentially was his only incompletion.

  • ’Canes welcome new head coach in Thomas

    INVERNESS — A pair of county baseball programs that made historic runs to the state final four last May have new head coaches.

  • It’s that time again

    County prep football teams run their final dress rehearsals tonight in their respective preseason classics, with two Lecanto squads — the Panthers and Seven Rivers Christian, which breaks the plastic on its new Warrior Park—playing host against teams they defeated in the 2014 regular season. Citrus, Crystal River and Dunnellon, meanwhile, hit the road for their exhibition matchups.