Local Sports

  • Win guarantees tie

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — The unexpected is now a certainty — at least in part.

    Crystal River’s 8-6 victory over Dunnellon Friday at Crystal River guaranteed the Pirates at least a share of the 5A-6 regular-season title. They improved to 4-4 overall, 4-0 in district play; Dunnellon fell to 3-7 overall, 0-4 in 5A-6.

  • Knotted at the top

    With a pair of one-run victories by Crystal River and Citrus last Friday, District 5A-6 enters tonight with a three-way tie for No. 1 between the three county schools. All three are 1-1 in intra-county play, and 1-0 versus Dunnellon. 

  • Mind games

    The games within the game — that’s what Citrus senior  Alex Atkinson relishes most about baseball. For the second-year varsity ace and shortstop, it’s all about keeping one’s composure, learning from one’s mistakes and finding the slightest strategic edge.

  • ‘Region of Doom’ looms for Citrus and Lecanto

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    Twenty-four Citrus County grapplers have qualified for two regional mat tournaments beginning Friday, all with one purpose — to advance (via a top-four regional placing) to the 51st annual Florida High School Athletic Association State Finals set for March 13 and 14 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.

  • Aldridge resigns as Panthers head coach

    B.J. Aldridge resigned as the boys head basketball coach at Lecanto High School last Tuesday, making him the fourth consecutive coach to serve just one season in the position.

    Aldridge spent the final three weeks of the season suspended from his role as active head coach and bench coach for an undisclosed reason.

  • Citrus pitcher on to the next level

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    Kayla Quesenberry’s softball coach at Citrus, Larry Bishop, knows his pitcher’s greatest asset —­ the factor that sets her apart.

  • No time for pain

    “No pain, no gain” is not a bumper sticker slogan to Angela Byrne. The Crystal River senior pole vaulter and hurdler knows all about pain.

    She competes in those events despite suffering an injury her sophomore year that might have ended many track careers. She discovered she had a double pars fracture to the fifth lumbar vertebrae, which causes pain in her back.

    Byrne said it is unhealable.

  • Rare track tie for CR, Lecanto girls

    Larry Bugg


    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Crystal River and Lecanto girls track teams both accomplished something pretty unique Tuesday night.

    They tied for first place in a track meet at Earl Bramlett Stadium with 77 points apiece. The Citrus girls were third with 24 points,

    The host Crystal River boys won with 81.5 points, followed by Lecanto with 52 and Citrus with 44.5.

  • Pirates top Citrus in tough county battle

    David Pieklik


    INVERNESS — The county rivalry took the backcourt to sportsmanship and respect, as Crystal River beat Citrus 4-1 in girls tennis Tuesday.

    Players for the Hurricanes (7-2) and Pirates (4-1) gave hugs and shook hands after respective games, as action for most stretched past two hours of competitive play. With strong seasons coming into the matchup, the teams showed potential for a showdown and didn’t disappoint.

  • Striking back

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — In a game between two teams with plans to capture the top prize in the 5A-6 softball race, neither played much like an aspiring champion. In the end, Citrus made fewer mistakes than Lecanto and generated more offensive punch, and that was enough to gain a 9-4 triumph Tuesday at Lecanto.