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  • CR’s Cameryn Jenkins takes on bigger workload

    C.J. Risak


    Things had been going so nicely for Crystal River’s girls basketball team.

    The Pirates had won seven of their nine games in District 5A-7, keeping them within striking range of Lecanto and Citrus. Then it happened — an accident put the team’s most productive player, Zahria Jenkins, on the sidelines with a non-basketball related injury, a broken arm that likely will end her season.

  • Hooper scores 4 goals, Pirates edged in OT

    BELLEVIEW — Crystal River standout Emily Hooper put on a show to remember in district quarterfinal soccer action at The Snake Pit in Belleview on Monday.

    But the night was ultimately more bitter than sweet for the sophomore — who capped a magnificent season with four goals against the Rattlers — as BHS rallied back from a 3-1 halftime deficit, eventually getting a golden goal from team captain Jessica Bonenclark in the second overtime period for a 5-4 BHS win.

  • Panthers flex muscles

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — Lecanto is moving on to the second round of the District 3A-5 girls soccer playoffs after an 8-0 win over Citrus in the opening round Monday night. 

    Like they had the regular season, the Panthers dominated the Hurricanes in virtually every aspect of the game, scoring six goals in the second half to end the game by mercy rule. Andrea Javier scored a hat trick and three other teammates notched goals.

  • Florida enters women’s hoops poll

    It’s been an emotional week for Florida coach Amanda Butler.

    She had to miss the team’s victory at Tennessee on Thursday when her brother was rushed to the hospital with viral meningitis two days earlier. Fortunately, he’s back home resting and recovering now and she can fully enjoy the Gators’ first ranking in nearly seven years as the team entered The Associated Press women’s basketball poll at No. 20 on Monday.

  • Girls postseason soccer gets underway tonight

    David Pieklik


    Two of three county teams face each other in the opening round of girls soccer district playoffs Monday night, with the third looking to beat its opponent for the first time this season.

    Lecanto hosts Citrus in the District 3A-5 quarterfinal, while Crystal River plays Belleview on the road for its match-up. Semifinals are two days later at Vanguard High School, with the championship at the same venue Jan. 15.

  • Pirates, ’Canes finish top five

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    SPRING HILL — Host and defending Class 2A state runner-up F.W. Springstead bounced back from last week’s worst team effort in 14 winters, capturing its own renamed Corey Hill Memorial Wrestling Tournament on Saturday night over its closest rival, 1A-6 Weeki Wachee, 162.5-142.0.

  • On the attack

    After tasting little success his first three seasons on the mat, Lecanto senior Jacob Clarke is looking to finish out his high school wrestling career with a bang.

    The Panther 138-pounder had a rough start in the sport, but boasts a 6-5 record as a team captain.

  • New-look Pirates roll to win

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — The news emanating from Crystal River regarding its girls basketball team following the holiday break should have been very good. The Pirates had won 12 of their first 18 games and were a half-game behind Citrus in the battle for the top spot in District 5A-7.

  • ’Canes rally past Panthers

    INVERNESS — The Citrus boys’ soccer team held a 2-to-1 advantage at shots on goal for the first 65 minutes of play against Lecanto, but still found itself trailing 1-0, thanks to a first-half Austin D’Anna goal.

    But after applying relentless pressure on Panthers goalie Kyle King and his defense, to no avail, the Hurricanes finally broke through in the final 15 minutes on a pair scores from Rudy Salazar and Mauro Mondragon, lifting CHS to a 2-1 victory on senior night at the Citrus Bowl. 

  • Prolific Pirate

    David Pieklik


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River’s Emily Hooper needed just two minutes to make history, breaking her school’s single season goals record in a 2-1 district win over Hernando in girls soccer Friday night.