Local Sports

  • Pirates sail past Hurricanes in 8-2 victory at Citrus High

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — When it comes to hitting, volume is certainly enticing. But insert a time element among those hits, and their importance escalates.

  • Citrus rallies past Panthers in flag football

    David Pieklik


    INVERNESS — Citrus came alive in the second half, rallying for a 12-6 win over Lecanto in flag football Tuesday to remain undefeated in its quest for repeat championships.

  • Geier and Lake-Sumter a perfect match

    C.J. Risak


    It didn’t take long for Lake-Sumter State College’s softball team to decide what they needed to help their program take that next step.

  • More of the same

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Lecanto girls’ track team made it a clean sweep of the in-county meet championships this spring, with a dominating performance Tuesday at the Crystal River Pirate Invitational.

  • Panthers lift up 2A-3 title

    A year after not advancing any lifters to the state competition, Lecanto High School locked in two guys for a trip to DeLand on April 7-8 after winning the Class 2A-Region 3 championship at Wesley Chapel on Monday.

    The last time the Panthers competed was at the District 6 Championship on March 8 — also in Wesley Chapel — with two Lecanto lifters placing first and falling four points short of beating Sunlake for a district title.

  • Crystal River’s silent leader

    C.J. Risak


    This is a softball team that hasn’t changed its personnel significantly from last season — one lost to graduation, another who transferred, two others who didn’t come out this season; combined, they totaled 10 runs batted in.

  • Florida falls short for Final Four, but finds hope in White

    NEW YORK — The first NCAA Tournament in which Florida’s Mike White has ever coached provided plenty of hope for the future of Gators basketball in the post-Billy Donovan era.

    After coming up a victory short of the Final Four, though, it was difficult for White to look toward the future when the present was so painful.

  • Citrus big man Bryant ends career an all-star

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    For Citrus senior Nick Bryant, the 2016-17 campaign was a strong one. The 6-foot-7 center made the most of his only season as a varsity starter, becoming one of the most dominating forces in the area on both ends.

  • Gators fall short

    NEW YORK — South Carolina added a missing piece to its rich basketball history.

    The school of Frank McGuire, Kevin Joyce, Brian Winters, Mike Dunleavy and Alex English is going to the Final Four for the first time.

  • Citrus crowned champs

    “It’s a great day to be a Hurricane.”

    That was the one big takeaway for Citrus boys weightlifting coach Chop Alexander as he exited the Belleview High School gym on Saturday — as a Region 6 champion.

    Going in, Alexander was asked how close he thought his ’Canes were to winning the team’s second straight regional title so Citrus could perhaps have a banner prepared that read “Regional Champions.”