Local Sports

  • Prep sports briefs

    Panther lady golfers roll past Tigers

    The Lecanto girls golf team hosted Dunnellon on Thursday at Citrus Hills and claimed a 229-280 victory.

    Maddison Polazzo was medalist with a 39, followed by Erica Adkins (60), Nicki Poulis (62), Francesca Little (68) and Ashley Jeffrey (75).

    The Panthers (2-3) travel to Citrus on Tuesday.

    Pirate swimmers sweep Mount Dora

  • A strong seven by Ramirez

    BOSTON — Erasmo Ramirez pitched seven solid innings, and Evan Longoria’s solo home run sparked a three-run sixth to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

    Longoria’s homer was his 20th, giving him seven seasons with at least that many. He also had a double and single.

    Kevin Kiermaier also hit a solo homer for the Rays, who have won five of their last seven games.

  • Pirates and Warriors face key road contests

    Week five of the high school football regular season brings some key area contests, including Crystal River paying a visit to Nature Coast to try and remain on top of the district standings and Seven Rivers Christian making the trip to Ocoee for a big division battle. Lecanto has an open week.

    Crystal River Pirates (3-1, 1-0 in District 5A-7) at Nature Coast Tech Sharks (4-0, 1-0 in 5A-7), 7:30 p.m.

  • ‘Heart and soul’ Sinflorant

    It takes more than talent and luck to win a championship. A great athlete or team also needs the right mix of preparation and intangibles. 

    The Dunnellon football team, which enters tonight’s home game against Groveland-South Lake with a 4-0 record and a No. 6 Class 4A ranking in the Associated Press poll, gets the best of all of those qualities from two-way standout Rudy Sinflorant.

  • College roundup: Week 2

    Editor’s note: This will be a weekly roundup to update readers on the performances of various collegiate athletes who formerly played for area high schools. If you have any information in regards to an athlete currently playing that isn’t on this list, please notify the sports section via email at sports@chronicleonline.com

  • Out for Tennessee

    GAINESVILLE — Two Florida players who made pivotal contributions last year in a victory at Tennessee won’t be around for the rematch.

    The Gators suspended quarterback Treon Harris and cornerback Jalen Tabor for their game Saturday against the Volunteers.

    Coach Jim McElwain announced the suspensions following practice Wednesday, saying Harris and Tabor made “choices.”

  • Remembering Yogi

    NEW YORK — The lovable legend of Yogi Berra, that ain’t ever gonna be over.

    The Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his linguistically dizzying “Yogi- isms” as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, died Tuesday. He was 90.

  • Preparing for the grind

    TALLAHASSEE — At the quarter mark of the season, Florida State enters its bye week with two goals — prepare for the long grind ahead and try to fix an inconsistent offense.

    The 10th-ranked Seminoles (3-0) have an early bye but coach Jimbo Fisher says it is coming at a perfect time.

  • Rays drop Red Sox back into AL East cellar

    BOSTON — Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer and Matt Moore recovered from a difficult start to strike out seven as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Tuesday night.

    Moore (2-4) allowed two hits and walked two in the first inning as Boston took a 2-0 lead.

    Boston rookie Henry Owens was perfect through four innings.

  • Central QB Rivera injured in motorcycle accident

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    Central High quarterback Sebastian Rivera was severely injured in a motorcycle accident Tuesday morning. 

    At 6:36 a.m., Rivera’s motorcycle collided with the back of a car that slowed to avoid other traffic traveling northbound on Mariner Blvd. approaching Delbarton St. in the outside lane.