Local Sports

  • Several athletes advance to states


    Thursday was a busy for track and field athletes throughout Florida with several FHSAA regional meets taking place —two of which featured plenty of Citrus County talent.

    Both Citrus and Crystal River High School had a good showing in Orlando at Lakeland Highland Prep for the 2A-2 meet, advancing athletes in nine events total between the two schools in the boys and girls divisions.

  • Pirates come up short

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River had chances in this match-up. In fact, more than one. But in the end, the Pirates didn’t have quite enough to reach their goal:

    Winning a district softball championship.

  • Despite end result, hard work pays off for ’Canes

    SANFORD — A pair of Citrus High School senior tennis players went out with their rackets swinging at the FHSAA Class 2A State Tennis Finals on Wednesday at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford.

    Natalie Dodd reached the final tournament of the season in singles and was joined later in the day by teammate Chase Davis in doubles play.

  • Pirates revel in state meet experience

    CASSELBERRY — Even though it was a rough day score-wise for the Crystal River boys tennis team, you couldn’t take the smile off the faces of the players, coaches and fans before, during or after the FHSAA Class 2A Team State Finals held Wednesday at Red Bug Lake Park.

    The Pirates lost 4-0 to a powerful Bolles program, but the result was secondary to the experience of becoming the first boys tennis team from the school to make it this far.

  • Crystal River takes down Dunnellon in semifinals

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — The pitching was there and so were the key hits that gave Crystal River the lead in its District 6A-6 Tournament softball semifinal Thursday against Dunnellon. But in the final analysis, it was defense that provided the difference.

  • Lecanto’s bats silenced in semis

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Robert Dupler had a very simple explanation for his team’s downfall in Tuesday’s Class 6A, District 6 Tournament semifinals.

  • Canterbury closes out season for Warriors, 6-1

    Andy Villamarzo


    ST. PETERSBURG — Seven Rivers softball coach Gary Dreyer vowed that his team wouldn’t play like it did the last time they faced Canterbury, which ended up being a 10-0 loss.

  • Rays scratch starter, use 5 relievers to 2-hit Orioles

    BALTIMORE — Facing the prospect of a lengthy rain delay, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash scratched his starting pitcher and called upon his bullpen for nine innings of work.

    The relievers happily — and effectively — completed the task.

    Substitute starter Austin Pruitt combined with four pitchers on a two-hitter, and the Rays capitalized on Wade Miley's wildness in a 2-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

  • Peterson K’s nine Warriors in Crystal River victory

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — Crystal River took advantage of fielding miscues and hesitant Seven Rivers batting, with Jonah Peterson striking out nine in a 3-1 non-district win Tuesday afternoon at Warrior Park.

  • Panthers claim wild one

    C.J. Risak