Local Sports

  • Softball season preview: New arms in the circle

    C.J. Risak


    In 2014, everything determined in the first two months of the season — or as Lecanto coach Robert Dupler likes calling it, the preseason — was undone.

    In 5A-6, Citrus and Dunnellon were the top two seeds going into the district tournament. Both lost in the semifinals, Citrus to fourth-seeded Lecanto and Dunnellon to third-seeded Crystal River.

  • Citrus and Lake Weir meet again in quarters

    For the second year in a row, Citrus and Ocala-Lake Weir are meeting in the 5A-2 regional quarterfinals in boys’ hoops.

  • Citrus boys lifters take first meet over Lecanto

    Larry Bugg


    INVERNESS — Jim Haeser and Greg Harper may be a little more enlightened than they were.

    Citrus’ boys weightlifting team hosted their first meet of the season and beat Lecanto 58-32 at the Hurricanes’ weight room.

  • CR netters top Lecanto to stay undefeated

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — A marathon match and two tiebreakers highlighted a 6-1 Crystal River victory over Lecanto in boys tennis Wednesday.

    After the Pirates’ Matt White took his first set 7-6 against the Panthers’ Chris Kaufmann, the two battled for another hour after Kaufmann forced a tiebreaker in the second set, 10-8. White was able to find just enough to pull ahead with a clinching 7-6 win.

  • A Pirate pin-fest

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Crystal River wrestling team was so dominant Wednesday night, the Senior Night presentations beforehand took nearly as much time as the dual meet itself against county rival Lecanto.

    The Pirates won seven of eight contested matches by fall and received a pair of forfeits in a 54-3 victory. Four weights were forfeited by both teams in the meet that took about 30 minutes to complete.

  • Local briefs

    Warrior baseball team wins opener with shutout

    Four Seven Rivers Christian pitchers combined for a 6-0 shutout victory in the season-opener Tuesday night at Bicentennial Park against Ocala Christian Academy.

    Cory Weiand and Parker Pillsbury each struck out five in two innings of work, Coy Phillips also tossed two shutout innings and Julian Daveli had one inning of shutout relief.

  • Predators win clash of conference leaders

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — James Neal scored at 4:27 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

    Seth Jones and Taylor Beck also scored for Nashville, which has three straight and five of its past six.

    Brett Connolly and Nikita Kucherov had the goals for Tampa Bay, which has lost two of three.

  • Humphreys to throw out first pitch at Pirates’ baseball home opener

    Crystal River High alum and Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Tyler Humphreys will throw out the first pitch at Friday’s CRHS baseball game vs. Faith Baptist Christian, the first home game of the season for the Pirates. He will also be available for photos and autographs from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., prior to the 6:30 p.m. game start time.

  • Florida’s Frazier out Thursday with sprained ankle

    g scorer Michael Frazier II against Mississippi on Thursday because of a badly sprained right ankle.

    Coach Billy Donovan ruled out Frazier Monday, saying the junior shooting guard is wearing a protective boot and won’t practice this week.

  • Florida finally gets letter of intent from DL CeCe Jefferson

    GAINESVILLE — Florida has finally received a letter of intent from five-star recruit CeCe Jefferson, a 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive end from Glen Saint Mary.

    The Gators announced the addition of Jefferson on Monday, five days after national signing day.