Local Sports

  • Only the beginning

    James Blevins: Correspondent 

    Citrus standout Jordan “JJ” Saslo is a slender unassuming slip of a swimmer, who looks every inch of 14 years old when standing on a pool deck. But put that same swimmer in the water and he becomes something different altogether. He becomes a competitor that any prep swimmer of any age would be lucky to say they stayed near his slipstream.

  • Muschamp says Harris facing ‘serious charge’

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Will Muschamp is dealing with two off-the-field issues, a sexual assault allegation that he called a “very serious charge” and a fight between teammates that he labeled a “tremendous misunderstanding.”

  • Slowly but surely

    TAMPA — Lovie Smith says his Tampa Bay Buccaneers are improving, even if their record doesn’t reflect it.

    The Bucs yielded 511 yards on defense, were flagged 15 times for 113 yards in penalties, and squandered an 11-point fourth-quarter lead in their latest loss, however Smith reiterated Monday that much of what undermined the team in an overtime setback at New Orleans can — and will — be corrected.

  • JCT back on track

    Eric van den Hoogen

    On tennis

  • High school briefs

    Pirate boys golf dominates in time for Districts

    The Crystal River, Dunnellon and West Port boys golf teams traveled to Juliette Falls on Tuesday where the Pirates recorded a decisive win, ending the day with a 153. 

    The Wolf Pack trailed with a 189 and the Tigers finished a stroke back with a 190. 

  • Gator teammates fight over cleats

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Will Muschamp has another issue to deal with this week.

    According to the University Police Department, reserve quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg, son of New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, and teammate Gerald Willis got into a fight over a pair of missing cleats Monday night.

  • Frazier, Wuerffel enshrined

    ATLANTA — It’s been nearly 20 years, and Tommie Frazier is still trading jabs with Danny Wuerffel.

    The former quarterbacks at Nebraska and Florida have plenty of goodwill for each other, too, as they were enshrined Tuesday night in the College Football Hall of Fame.

    Frazier and Wuerffel joined 10 former players and two coaches who make up last year’s hall of fame class.

  • Russo handled Beat the Sheriff

    Larry Bugg


    Caleb Russo knew just the right way to prepare for the Beat the Sheriff 5K Race.

    The night before, he partied like a rock star at the Crystal River High homecoming dance until late.

    Then, he and his Dad, Robert, dragged themselves out of bed to run the race Sept. 27 at the old Inverness Courthouse.

    Russo may have found a good technique.

  • XC Notebook: Lecanto’s Alford running toward return to state meet

    Larry Bugg


    Sam Alford said one day he would like to become a psychiatrist.

    Then, perhaps, he can figure out why he delights in pounding the pavement as a high school cross country runner.

    For now, the Marion, Indiana, native is working on leading his Lecanto boys team back on the journey to the state meet this November in Tallahassee.

  • Pirates topple Panthers in five

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — This outcome was almost predictable.

    The top two volleyball teams in 5A-6 clashed Tuesday in a five-set match in which neither was willing to surrender. In the end, Crystal River scored six of the final seven points to edge Lecanto in the fifth-set tiebreaker, 15-9.