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  • Another crown for Citrus?

    Over the years, girls weightlifting has grown exponentially. On a national scale,weightlifting itself has been inching its way into the spotlight in high schools everywhere, and for Citrus County, that’s no different. As part of the growth, for the first time in FHSAA history, the sport is implementing a district layout. 

  • Irish break into top four

    Notre Dame moved into the top four in the second College Football Playoff selection committee rankings of the season Tuesday night.

    Clemson remained No. 1, with Alabama moving up two spots to No. 2, Ohio State staying at No. 3 and the Fighting Irish up a spot to No. 4.

    Notre Dame and Alabama each have one loss.

  • New season, new look

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    Things will be different this girls basketball season, that much is certain. New looks should dominate, if only due to the losses suffered.

    Three of the four teams lost their best players: Citrus is without Kiersten Weaver, Seven Rivers Christian must try to replace Alyssa Gage, and Crystal River is absent Jasmyne Eason — and has a new coach, too, in Charlie Bryant.

  • Friday Night Rewind: CR, Dunnellon win finales

    The final week of the regular season was up and down for the five area schools. For two of them, it’s not the end of the road.

    Looking back

    Crystal River (5-5) survived a defensive battle to prevail 10-6 over Hudson (5-5) on senior night, notching its first non-

    losing season in three years, while No. 2 Dunnellon capped its first undefeated regular season since 2002 with a 48-18 rout of county rival West Port (1-9).

  • Panthers and Pirates play to 1-1 draw

    LECANTO — A pair of goals bookended the opening half between the Crystal River and Lecanto girls soccer clubs, and constituted the only scoring of the night, leaving the county and District 3A-5 rivals to a 1-1 tie at Lecanto High School on Monday.

    The Panthers move to 5-1-1 overall, as well as in the district, while the Pirates go to 2-1-1 in 3A-5, and 3-2-1 on the season.

  • Double hat trick

    David Pieklik


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Austin D’Anna scored a career high six goals and Lecanto powered its way into the win column with an overpowering 7-1 win over Crystal River in district soccer Monday.

    D’Anna scored three unanswered goals in the second half and the final four for the Panthers (1-2 District 3A-5) as the junior forward has picked up where he left off last season.

  • Losing their grip

    TAMPA — Eli Manning and a resilient New York Giants defense answered one last charge by Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Manning threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Giants rebound from last weekend’s debacle at New Orleans with a 32-18 victory over the mistake-prone Buccaneers on Sunday.

  • Sisto, Macaisa shine at finals

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent 

    Two Citrus County swimmers made sure their long trip to Stuart on Saturday lasted a little while longer. 

  • Panthers, Felton rep County at State

    By Darrick Buettner

    An unseasonably warm Saturday in November greeted runners filing into Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, host of the 2015 FHSAA Cross Country State Championships.  The Lecanto High School Boys Team and Crystal River High School’s Jillian Felton were the Citrus County representatives this year at the state meet.

  • Clemson rallies to drop Florida State

    CLEMSON, S.C. — Deshaun Watson threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Deon Cain and Wayne Gallman came through with a game-sealing score as No. 3 Clemson held off No. 17 Florida State for a 23-13 victory Saturday to clinch the ACC Atlantic Division.

    The win came on the first Saturday after the Tigers (9-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) were chosen No. 1 in the College Football Playoff ranking.