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  • District baseball notebook
  • Champion sound

    Tony Castro
    Correspondent

    LECANTO — For the first time in eight seasons, Lecanto’s Sammie Hall savored a top of the podium performance Thursday in following Day 3 of the grueling, 10-team District 3A-5 tournament along the Panthers’ tennis courts.

    Three teams, LHS, Ocala-Forest, Citrus were within a point of each other entering Thursday’s final five matches.

  • Softball notebook: Seven Rivers

    C.J. Risak
    Correspondent

    First, let’s agree to disagree. Or in this instance, let’s just admit there’s something good and bad in an abundance of situations.

    Sports world example: Star player gets injured. Bad view is it’s devastating to player and to team. Good view is one player’s loss is another player’s opportunity.

  • Softball notebook: Seven Rivers

    C.J. Risak
    Correspondent
    First, let’s agree to disagree. Or in this instance, let’s just admit there’s something good and bad in an abundance of situations.
    Sports world example: Star player gets injured. Bad view is it’s devastating to player and to team. Good view is one player’s loss is another player’s opportunity.

  • Finally at home

    Making the transition to a new position prior to the season can be difficult and stressful, particularly when you’re counted on to be one of your team’s top players. Add in this factor — that you’re only a sophomore — and problems associated with the switch can multiply.

    Unless you’re Erica Corlew. A standout at shortstop for Citrus’ softball team as a freshman, Corlew moved to catcher this season without a hitch.

  • Pirates claim second at championship meet

    WEEKI WACHEE — The Crystal River High School girls track team finished second at the Hernando-Citrus Track and Field meet Wednesday.

    Crystal River had 132 points. Nature Coast was first with 220.5 points. Lecanto came in fourth with 98.5 points. Citrus was eighth with 14.5 points.

    The Crystal River boys finished third with 94 points. Nature Coast Tech also won the boys with 170 points. Citrus was fourth with 61.5 points. Lecanto was seventh with 46 points.

  • Panthers, Hurricanes battling for state spot

    LECANTO — In Las Vegas, any tie with the dealer is called a “push.”

    A third day “push” was necessitated Tuesday evening in the 10-team District 3A-5 tennis tournament when several players maxed out on the number of matches they could play in one day (3).

    As a result, five critical matches were not completed along the Panther courts at Lecanto High School, but will be played beginning at approximately 4 p.m. today.

  • Lecanto baseball triumphs

    DUNNELLON — Behind a three-run sixth inning at Dunnellon’s Mike Payne Field on Wednesday, the Lecanto baseball team guaranteed itself at least a share of the No. 2 seed in District 5A-6. The Panthers took advantage of three Tiger errors to break a 3-3 tie, leading them to a 7-3 win and regular-season sweep of DHS.

  • Rays’ bats flat in 4-2 setback to Blue Jays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Cobb had a good bullpen session. It didn’t carry over into the game.

    Drew Hutchison won his first start in almost two years, Adam Lind homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Cobb and the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.

    “Pregame, I felt great,” Cobb said. “I was really commanding everything. Got into the game and it didn’t translate.”

  • Good showing

    Tony Castro
    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — For a second straight spring, there was no hardware for either of the host Crystal River’s tennis teams at the conclusion of Tuesday’s two-day, well-run eight-team District 2A-7 tennis tournament on the Pirate courts.

    On the girls’ side, Pasco garnered its school-record fourth straight district title.