Local Sports

  • Lecanto pulls off dramatic victory over Citrus

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — Rebekah Paprzycki intercepted a lateral attempt on a late punt return, returning it for a touchdown and lifting Lecanto to a dramatic 14-13 win over Citrus in flag football Thursday.

  • Citrus finding value in Kinnard’s versatility on the diamond

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    A new trend has slowly emerged in Major League Baseball, as teams have begun to mold versatile prospects into super utility players, patterned after the likes of Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox’s Brock Holt.

  • Head for the reds

    With winter hopefully out of the picture, spring in full force and summer nipping on our heels, this coming month of April will definitely be a favored time of the year for bonuses in angling.

    The winds have started to subside, the days are longer, the water temps are on the rise (mid 70s) but not miserable yet, so the fish are eager to feed up.

    Let’s do something a little different than the norm and start with the offshore and work our way in.

  • Pirates sail past Hurricanes in 8-2 victory at Citrus High

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — When it comes to hitting, volume is certainly enticing. But insert a time element among those hits, and their importance escalates.

  • Citrus rallies past Panthers in flag football

    David Pieklik


    INVERNESS — Citrus came alive in the second half, rallying for a 12-6 win over Lecanto in flag football Tuesday to remain undefeated in its quest for repeat championships.

  • Geier and Lake-Sumter a perfect match

    C.J. Risak


    It didn’t take long for Lake-Sumter State College’s softball team to decide what they needed to help their program take that next step.

  • More of the same

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Lecanto girls’ track team made it a clean sweep of the in-county meet championships this spring, with a dominating performance Tuesday at the Crystal River Pirate Invitational.

  • Panthers lift up 2A-3 title

    A year after not advancing any lifters to the state competition, Lecanto High School locked in two guys for a trip to DeLand on April 7-8 after winning the Class 2A-Region 3 championship at Wesley Chapel on Monday.

    The last time the Panthers competed was at the District 6 Championship on March 8 — also in Wesley Chapel — with two Lecanto lifters placing first and falling four points short of beating Sunlake for a district title.

  • Crystal River’s silent leader

    C.J. Risak


    This is a softball team that hasn’t changed its personnel significantly from last season — one lost to graduation, another who transferred, two others who didn’t come out this season; combined, they totaled 10 runs batted in.

  • Florida falls short for Final Four, but finds hope in White

    NEW YORK — The first NCAA Tournament in which Florida’s Mike White has ever coached provided plenty of hope for the future of Gators basketball in the post-Billy Donovan era.

    After coming up a victory short of the Final Four, though, it was difficult for White to look toward the future when the present was so painful.