Local Sports

  • Stars shine bright

    INVERNESS — An accomplished and talented group of area seniors made the most of one last chance to play together in the Citrus High School gym on Tuesday.

    Behind a dominating second half, and a game-high 30 points from Dunnellon guard Desmond Frazier, Citrus County prevailed 112-100 over Hernando County in the 3rd annual State Farm Citrus vs. Hernando Senior All-Star Game.

  • All-Star hoops game Tuesday night at Citrus High

    The top senior boys basketball players in the area will converge at Citrus High School in Inverness tonight to meet in the 3rd annual State Farm Citrus vs. 

    Hernando Senior All-Star Game.

  • Crystal River wins battle of the unbeatens

    David Pieklik


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Some trickery and timely special teams play gave Crystal River just enough to edge past Lecanto and stay undefeated with a 13-0 win in girls flag football Monday.

    Shirley Kortendick took a pitch from teammate Alexis Priest on a designed pass play midway through the second half, breaking to the outside sideline and streaking to the end zone. The ensuing 1-point conversion gave the Pirates (3-0) a 7-0 lead.

  • Softball notebook: Class in session for young squads

    C.J. Risak


    Consider it just another class at school.

    That’s the approach high school coaches must take, and it’s particularly true this year for all four of the county’s softball coaches. Seven Rivers Christian has, among its top 10 contributors, three seniors and three juniors, as well as a freshman, two eighth-graders and a seventh-grader.

  • Better than ever

    C.J. Risak


    A year ago, Lecanto’s Amber Russo wasn’t sure whether softball would be part of her future.

    A starter at shortstop for the Panthers as a freshman and sophomore, Russo’s time was limited last season by what was diagnosed as thoracic outlet syndrome, a nerve disorder that can cause a constant, and sometimes sharp and/or burning, pain usually in the arms and hands.

  • Tennis built bond for ’Canes’ MacGinnis, Hayes

    Tony Castro


    In less than three weeks, Citrus High’s tennis team’s season could conclude with the rugged Class 3A, District 5 Tournament held March 30-31 at Lecanto.

  • Final night of preseason at CCS

    INVERNESS — Randy Anderson scored his first outright feature win in the Super Late Model class at the Citrus County Speedway, and Sport Wilson, J.D. Goff and Mark Patterson turned in winning feature performances on the final night of preseason racing In Inverness on Saturday.

    The young Anderson rode the outside groove from fourth to first in the opening three laps, and then settled into a quarter-lap advantage for a sure-handed 25-lap victory.

  • Victorious debut

    INVERNESS — The trio of individuals at the top of this year’s St. Patrick’s Golf Championship leaderboard after Sunday’s final round included a pair of first-timers and one second-timer.

  • Stoner leads Lecanto to triumph on track

    CRYSTAL RIVER — People from all over the country pour into Florida to enjoy a day like Saturday, with abundant sunshine and temperatures in the 80s.

    The weather didn’t matter to Lecanto High School’s Dylan Stoner. The 2014 state qualifier went out and won the shot put and discus Saturday at the Crystal River High Invitational Track Meet.

    He took the shot with a 43-1 effort and took the discus with a throw of 128-11.

  • Pirate falls short

    Tony Castro: Correspondent


    KISSIMMEE — The final straw fell Saturday morning for the Citrus County Class 1A state wrestling contingency at Osceola County’s Silver Spurs Arena.