Local Sports

  • Confident Lightning to East final

    TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning proving their deep playoff run of a year ago wasn’t happenstance.

    With Ben Bishop, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman leading the way, the Lightning are back in the Eastern Conference final again after defeating the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders in the first two rounds.

    And, they’ve done it by dispatching of each opponent in five games while playing without injured star Steven Stamkos and defenseman Anton Stralman.

  • Ninth annual STARS event May 26

    Make sure you have your calendars marked for Thursday, May 26.

    That is the night the top high school athletes in Citrus County will be honored at the ninth annual STARS Student Athletic Recognitions award banquet.

    Once again, the event will be held at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus in Lecanto. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the program to follow at 6 p.m.

  • County’s best at the net announced

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    Note: The athlete of the year finalists and winners in each sport will be honored May 26 at the annual Student Athletic Recognitions banquet at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus in Lecanto. 

    All-Chronicle Boys Tennis Team


    Andrew Allen, Jr., Crystal River

  • Andriese, Miller lead Rays to sweep of Angels

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Andriese made his season debut for the Tampa Bay Rays on Mother’s Day. His mother, Lynn, was in the stands watching him pitch in the big leagues for the first time.

    So yeah, Andriese had a few butterflies on the Angel Stadium mound on Sunday.

    He overcame them in plenty of time to make a stellar start.

  • Bolts zap Islanders

    TAMPA — Victor Hedman and Ben Bishop lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning into the Eastern Conference final for the second straight year.

    Hedman scored twice and Bishop stopped 28 shots Sunday, helping the defending conference champions beat the New York Islanders 4-0 and end their second-round playoff series in five games.

  • United they stood tall

    Finishing with a 3-7-1 record and a 6-4 loss to Tarpon Springs, it was a tough way to end to the season for the U15 Citrus United girls soccer team — or so they thought.

    During the last weekend in March, the Inverness-based team finished second in their region (Region C) to the physical Tarpon Springs squad. The United were coming off a stretch of Region C games that included a pair of 3-0 wins over Wesley Chapel and Cape Coral. Sandwiched between the two: Another loss to Tarpon. 

  • County prep athletes medal at meet

    BRADENTON – A pair of county athletes notched medals on Saturday at the Florida High School Track & Field State Championships at IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton.

    Seven Rivers Christian sophomore Markel Pryor took fourth place in the Boys Class 1A Triple Jump finals—setting a new school record with at 44 feet, 2.5 inches along the way—and Lecanto junior Harrison Mancke finished eighth in the Girls 3A Shot Put finals.

  • Lightning strikes early in OT for 3-1 lead

    NEW YORK — Jason Garrison scored 1:34 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night and a 3-1 series lead.

    Garrison took a pass from Andrej Sustr and fired a slap shot from the right faceoff circle past goalie Thomas Greiss to give the Lightning their second straight overtime win and move them one win away from reaching the conference finals for the second straight year.

  • Record earns medal

    BRADENTON — Crystal River junior Madison Winship set a school record in high jump to lead Citrus County’s group of student athletes competing in the FHSAA Track and Field State Championships at IMG Academy in Bradenton on Friday.

    Three local athletes competing in multiple events made their first-ever appearance at state, while Winship and Seven Rivers Christian high jumper Paige Eckart were back for the second straight year.

  • Citrus County camps and leagues briefs

    Crystal River High School hosts four summer camps

    Students who are looking for something fun to do this summer have a variety of camps to choose from at Crystal River High School.

    Registration forms for all the camps can be picked up at the school or found on the school’s website.