Local Sports

  • ’Canes advance 13 to regionals

    Tony Castro:Correspondent

    INVERNESS — From opening whistle to the last, Class 2A’s No. 2 ranked team, Spring Hill-Springstead, set several Hernando County records Saturday in dominating the seven-team District 5 wrestling tournament at Citrus High.

  • One step closer

    THE VILLAGES — Paced by four champions, the Crystal River wrestling team finished second at the Class 1A, District 5 tournament at The Villages High School on Saturday.

    Class 1A power Clay (Green Cove Springs) won the district title with 251 points behind eight individual gold medalists. The Pirates finished the day with 154 points, well ahead of third-place Palatka’s total of 94.5.

  • Florida reinstates Finney-Smith

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Billy Donovan will have his best player on the floor for his third attempt at win No. 500.

    Donovan, however, could be without leading scorer Michael Frazier II and fellow guard Eli Carter against Tennessee today.

  • Postseason finally arrives for wrestlers

    Tony Castro


    Week 12 of the longest Florida High School Athletic Association wrestling season in half a century has finally arrived.

    Beginning today, the mat season’s three-week state series gets underway with three Citrus County programs split into two venues.

  • Throwing smoke

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Crystal River baseball team had to hang on by the skin of its teeth after building a 5-0 lead against county and district rival Lecanto on a masterful all-around performance by senior Jordan Humphreys.

  • Mother Nature can be cruel

    Weather wasn’t a friend of this week’s county and district matchup between Citrus and Lecanto. One night after Tuesday’s rainout, gusty winds helped set the conditions for a sloppy affair that left both head coaches disappointed with several run-costing errors by their respective clubs.

  • Diamond life

    Multi-sport prep athletes face a difficult decision when weighing whether or not to play two sports with overlapping seasons.

    Cory Weiand, a senior at Seven Rivers Christian School in Lecanto, had played basketball and baseball every year since seventh grade. For his final season as a Warrior, he chose to forego basketball and devote his time preparing for his senior campaign on the diamond. 

  • Panthers hammered at home

    C.J. Risak: Correrspondent

    LECANTO — This game looked just the way one would expect when the top two teams in a district collide — at least it did for three innings.

  • Panthers prevail over Hurricanes

    LECANTO — Lecanto took advantage of four Citrus errors and four walks in one inning for the 6-4 win over the Hurricanes in district baseball action in Lecanto on Wednesday.

    Five of the Panthers’ runs came in the third, as they emptied the bases on a pair of throwing errors off an attempted pickoff play at first base, and scored an additional pair of runs off a dropped pop-up in shallow right field and a fielder’s choice grounder.

  • Tigers tamed

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    LECANTO — Defense was the difference — Lecanto made mistakes early but recovered, while Dunnellon made them throughout the game.

    The result was an 8-4 Lecanto triumph over its 5A-6 softball rival, a victory that boosted the Panthers to 2-0 in district play, 2-1 overall. Dunnellon slipped to 2-4 overall, 0-2 in 5A-6.