Local Sports

  • Kidd verbals to USF

    One of the top area golfers has already picked out a school.

    Crystal River High senior Kyle Kidd made a verbal commitment earlier this month to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa.

    “He will sign sometime in November,” golf coach Jere DeFoor said. 

  • ’Canes set to open district play

    For the second year in a row, the Citrus football team opens its 6A-5 district schedule against Ocala Forest.

    Last season, the Hurricanes snapped a four-game losing streak to the Wildcats, dating back to the 1980s, and set the tone for a playoff-bound run by tallying over 500 yards while holding the Wildcats to just 91 yards and three first downs in a 63-7 blowout at the Citrus Bowl in Inverness.

  • Leader of the pack

    CRYSTAL RIVER — One day, Katelin Clardy may have the perfect remedy for the golfer who can’t find the hole with a compass.

    The 16-year-old sophomore may end up becoming an anesthesiologist. That means she could take the frustrated duffer and knock him or her out with a local shot.

    For now, Clardy is just trying to play good golf for the Crystal River girls golf team.

  • FSU benches Winston for 1st half of Clemson game

    TALLAHASSEE — Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women and Florida State officials say that the quarterback will undergo internal discipline.

  • Citrus sweeps Tigers

    The Citrus volleyball team hosted Dunnellon on Tuesday night in Inverness and sent the Tigers home with a 25-11, 25-6, 25-8 District 5A-6 loss.

    Jordan Josey had six aces and six kills for the Hurricanes. Sydney Clark added seven kills, Courtney Miller had five kills and Natalie Dodd passed out 16 assists.

    Citrus (3-4, 1-1) is back in action Thursday at Crystal River for another district showdown.

  • Different county means more competition for women

    Eric van den Hoogen
    On tennis

    Even though we have more 4.0 Women in Citrus County than ever before, there are still not enough of them to form their own competitive league. As a result 11 Citrus County women travel to Ocala and Gainesville each Tuesday morning. There they have joined the Gainesville Ocala Women’s Tennis League (GOWTL).

    Their season runs from September through May. Last season there were nine teams and 16 matches. They finished the season 8-8, which meant 5th place overall.

  • Bucs RB Rainey a bright spot in team’s 0-2 start

    TAMPA — It hasn’t taken long for Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith to develop an appreciation for Bobby Rainey, the diminutive running back who’s making a name for himself as Doug Martin’s backup.

    The play of the third-year pro has been one of the few encouraging aspects of the disappointing 0-2 record the Bucs will take into Thursday night game at Atlanta.

  • Rays beat Yankees 6-1 as Jeter gets hit

    ST. PETERSBURG — Derek Jeter was hit on the arm by a Steve Geltz pitch in the eighth inning of a 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, the fifth time a New York Yankees batter has been hit by a Rays pitcher in the past week.

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi came out of the dugout and was ejected after New York’s captain was hit.

  • Holding serve

    C.J. Risak

    LECANTO — There were key errors at pivotal points in the match, with two teams that were more than willing to pounce on those chances. Bottom line, Lecanto made fewer and pounced on more.

    The result was a three-set sweep for the Panthers over 5A-6 rival Crystal River, 25-23, 25-23, 25-16, Tuesday at Lecanto.

    Lecanto’s triumph puts it atop the district standings at 2-0; the Panthers are 5-2 overall. Crystal River slipped to 9-5 overall, 1-1 in district play.

  • Pirates top Sharks

    The Crystal River volleyball team dropped the first set at home Monday night to Nature Coast Tech, but rallied to take the next three for a 21-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-21 non-district victory.

    Kaite Eichler passed out 37 assists and had 14 digs for the Pirates. Cassidy Wardlow added 15 kills, 26 digs and five aces, Abby Epstein had 10 kills, two blocks and two aces, Myrcia Powell had eight kills and Mercedes Scott and Haley Coleman added 14 digs each.

    The Pirates (9-4, 1-0) return to district play Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Lecanto.