Local Sports

  • District draw

    Area baseball clubs each have at least one more district contest scheduled, but last Friday’s slate of 5A-6 games clinched the seeding and district semifinal matchups.

    In a game featuring a pair of stellar outings by starting pitchers Alex Atkinson and Hunter Carl, Citrus (8-5 overall, 4-1 in district) earned its fourth-straight No. 1 seed by prevailing 1-0 over Lecanto (6-7, 2-3) behind a three-hit shutout by Atkinson. 

  • Panthers sweep at Citrus

    INVERNESS — The Lecanto boys and girls turned in a solid outing, including a school record for Harrison Mancke in girls’ discus, to win the Doug Patton Memorial Track and Field Meet among six schools at Citrus High School on Wednesday.

  • Kings of the county

    Larry Bugg


    INVERNESS — It took a truly big man to do some heroic heavy lifting Wednesday afternoon.

    Citrus senior Bryce Densmore had a clean and jerk of 330 pounds on his final lift to give him a total of 710 pounds and win the unlimited weight class. He had a 380-pound bench press.

  • Crystal River locks up county tennis crown

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Through all his years coaching, Crystal River boys tennis head coach Bill Reyes has never had the chance to call his squad county champs.

    That changed Wednesday on the Pirates’ home courts, as they completed a sweep of their local brethren to conclude their regular-season slate, beating Lecanto, 6-1.

  • Archer pitches four scoreless innings as Rays beat Jays

    DUNEDIN — Chris Archer hasn't been told when he will make his first regular-season start. It may be opening day.

    Archer allowed one hit over four scoreless innings Wednesday, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-3.

  • Cobb leaves with forearm injury; Rays beat Philly

    CLEARWATER — Alex Cobb considered pitching through an injury so he wouldn’t have to answer questions about leaving the game.

    He was joking — sort of.

    Cobb was removed for precautionary reasons because of right forearm tightness after tossing three perfect innings in Tampa Bay’s 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

    The right-hander said the injury isn’t serious.

  • Stars shine bright

    INVERNESS — An accomplished and talented group of area seniors made the most of one last chance to play together in the Citrus High School gym on Tuesday.

    Behind a dominating second half, and a game-high 30 points from Dunnellon guard Desmond Frazier, Citrus County prevailed 112-100 over Hernando County in the 3rd annual State Farm Citrus vs. Hernando Senior All-Star Game.

  • All-Star hoops game Tuesday night at Citrus High

    The top senior boys basketball players in the area will converge at Citrus High School in Inverness tonight to meet in the 3rd annual State Farm Citrus vs. 

    Hernando Senior All-Star Game.

  • Crystal River wins battle of the unbeatens

    David Pieklik


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Some trickery and timely special teams play gave Crystal River just enough to edge past Lecanto and stay undefeated with a 13-0 win in girls flag football Monday.

    Shirley Kortendick took a pitch from teammate Alexis Priest on a designed pass play midway through the second half, breaking to the outside sideline and streaking to the end zone. The ensuing 1-point conversion gave the Pirates (3-0) a 7-0 lead.

  • Softball notebook: Class in session for young squads

    C.J. Risak


    Consider it just another class at school.

    That’s the approach high school coaches must take, and it’s particularly true this year for all four of the county’s softball coaches. Seven Rivers Christian has, among its top 10 contributors, three seniors and three juniors, as well as a freshman, two eighth-graders and a seventh-grader.