Local Sports

  • GBB notebook: Hoops back in session

    C.J. Risak


    All right, the holidays are a memory. School’s back in session, and it’s time to teach — and hopefully still learn — a few lessons …  girls basketball lessons.

    Thus far, two of the county’s four teams have at least attained their mid-season goals. The other two are still struggling with an identity crisis.

  • Ignition switch

    C.J. Risak


    Six wins in 25 games. That’s all Lecanto’s girls basketball team could muster after a couple of key players were lost before last season even started.

    None of those wins came in district play. Experience and some new players were expected to help make this season something much better.

  • Something to cheer about

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Florida Gators got big plays from star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, quarterback Treon Harris and two of their lesser-known teammates.

    Harris threw an 86-yard scoring pass to mostly unheralded receiver Ahmad Fulwood, and Hargreaves intercepted a pass in the end zone late to preserve Florida’s 28-20 victory over East Carolina on Saturday in the Birmingham Bowl.

  • ’Canes suffer power outage in Spring Hill

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    SPRING HILL — Citrus High’s third-year wrestling coach Jeff Wood won’t be making many highlight reels following Saturday night’s conclusion of the two-day, 23-team Springstead Invitational Wrestling Tournament, sponsored by Foster’s Roofing.

  • Plenty to play for

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Florida Gators are still keeping the focus on the same thing after weathering a coaching change and disappointing season: Each other.

  • ’Canes open New Year at Springstead Invite

    Tony Castro


    Twenty-three wrestling teams, including Citrus High, will usher in the New Year beginning 10 a.m. today with the opening round of the Springstead Invitational sponsored by Foster’s Roofing.

  • Buccaneers eye better days with No. 1 pick

    TAMPA — Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy stood near an entrance to Tampa Bay’s locker room talking about the end to another disappointing season.

    But instead of venting frustration, the NFL’s highest-paid player at his position spoke about what he’s convinced will be much better days ahead for the Buccaneers.

  • FSU squeezes by Florida 65-63 on final fluke play

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida forward Jacob Kurtz accidentally tipped in a Devon Bookert miss with 0.4 seconds left to give Florida State a 65-63 win against its in-state rival. The victory Tuesday snapped a Gators’ five-game win streak in the series dating back to 2008.

  • Rally falls short

    LECANTO — The Lecanto boys basketball team showed resilience on Tuesday, after a disappointing first half had them trailing 45-27 at the break against visiting Deland. The Panthers twice cut that 18-point deficit in half — once on a long 3 by Darius Sawyer, and later on a Kenon Seward steal and bucket in the fourth period.

  • Lecanto gives one-loss Colts a tough battle

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — Put a girls basketball team with a 12-1 record up against one with just three wins in 12 games, and predicting a winner shouldn’t be difficult. Indeed, a close game may be hard to envision.