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  • A star in the making

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Chronicle correspondent

    Halfway through his first year attending Seven Rivers Christian, sophomore Christian Davis is enjoying his time at the new school, both on and off the basketball court.

    The 6-foot-1 wing player is averaging 17.5 points and 4.5 steals for the Warriors this season as they attempt to rebuild from three straight losing campaigns.

  • The top county golfers are tapped

    Note: The athlete of the year finalists and winners in each sport will be honored this spring at the annual Student Athletic Recognitions banquet. More information about the event will be published as it becomes finalized.

    All-Chronicle Boys Golf Team

    Tavian Carmain, Fr., Lecanto

    Austin Cobb, Jr., Crystal River

    Ben Kuntz, Fr., Seven Rivers Christian

  • An obstacle in Philly

    PHILADELPHIA — All the New York Giants have to do to secure a playoff berth is beat a struggling division rival headed nowhere.

    That’s no simple task in front of a hostile crowd and a national audience.

    There’s plenty at stake when the 

    Giants (10-4) visit Philadelphia (5-9) on tonight. A victory would secure New York’s first playoff berth since 2011 and also keep pressure on NFC East-leading Dallas (12-2).

  • Top long-distance runners honored

    Note: The athlete of the year finalists and winners in each sport will be honored this spring at the annual Student Athletic Recognitions banquet. 

    All-Chronicle Boys Cross Country Team

    Greg Buettner, Sr., Lecanto

    Israel Diaz, Jr., Citrus

    Jacob Hensley, Soph., Citrus

    Ada Jones, Jr., Citrus

  • Tampa Bay confident it has what it takes to earn playoff spot

    TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t spending a lot of time mulling over the prospects of earning a playoff berth for the first time in nearly a decade.

    The surest way to give themselves the best possible shot is to win their remaining two games, and that’s all Jameis Winston and his teammates need to know.

  • Epstein a Conquistador

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    It was never a matter of if, just where Abby Epstein would play college volleyball.

    The reigning Citrus County Volleyball Player of the Year for her performance as a junior at Crystal River made it official Monday when she committed to attend Pasco-Hernando State College in New Port Richey.

  • County’s quickest in the pool named

    Chris Bernhardt Jr. 

    Correspondent 

    Note: The athlete of the year finalists and winners in each sport will be honored this spring at the annual Student Athletic Recognitions banquet. More information about the event will be published as it becomes finalized.

    All-Chronicle Boys Swimming Team

    Michael Carroll, Jr., Citrus

    Seth Heinzman, Sr., Lecanto

  • No. 21 Seminoles top Samford 76-68

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's first game in nine days was a breeze. Leticia Romero and company looked quite sharp in their return from their finals break.

    Romero scored 22 points, and the seventh-ranked Seminoles rolled to a 95-39 victory over North Florida on Monday.

  • FSU gives Fisher contract extension

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher has signed a two-year contract extension, which will keep him at the school through the 2024 season.

    Fisher has been at the university since 2006, when he was hired as the offensive coordinator and head coach in waiting. He took over as coach in 2010 after Bobby Bowden retired.

    Florida State President John Thrasher said after the regular season concluded last month that renegotiating Fisher’s contract was a priority.

  • Tougher than they thought

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    It lingered for quite a while, long after the season had ended, the memory of the incredible run taken by a group of Lecanto girls, who did something no other girls basketball team in school history had ever managed to do — battle all the way to the Final Four at the Class 6A State Tournament.

    Alas, the problem with memories is they often clash with reality.