Local Sports

  • Trio of county baseball teams prepared for regionals

    Citrus and Seven Rivers are back in the state playoffs for school-record consecutive streaks, while Crystal River enjoys its first appearance since 2009 in baseball’s opening round of regional play today and tomorrow.

  • Lightning win 5-2 at Detroit to set up Game 7

    DETROIT — Tyler Johnson scored two goals in his latest stellar performance and the Tampa Bay Lightning held on for a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, forcing a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.

  • Warriors see themselves in semifinal foe

    C.J. Risak


    There’s still a long — and unexplored — road ahead for Seven Rivers Christian’s softball team, both literally and figuratively.

  • Yanks end Rays’ win streak

    NEW YORK — Brian McCann hit a tiebreaking home run and Adam Warren pitched effectively into the sixth inning as the New York Yankees ended the Tampa Bay Rays’ five-game winning streak, 4-1 on Monday night.

    Alex Rodriguez went hitless in three at-bats, failing to tie Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list at 660. A modest crowd on another chilly night in New York cheered each of A-Rod’s at-bats.

  • Trucks season opener to Anderson

    INVERNESS — Danny Anderson turned in his best outing at the Citrus County Speedway in winning his truck series opener from the pole, and Roger Blevins, Robbie Yoakam and Jimmy Kruse made successful returns to the track in Saturday’s racing action in Inverness. 

  • Rays complete sweep of Blue Jays

    ST. PETERSBURG — There was some doubt over whether Chris Archer would even be able to pitch Sunday. When he did make the start, the Rays right-hander exceeded all expectations, even his own.

  • Truck time at Speedway

    Trucks make their debut at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness today, joining six stock car classes.

    The track also celebrates Kids Night, allowing young fans to ride around the track with their favorite driver during intermission.

  • Making up for lost time

    Andy Nicholls enjoys at least two attributes that are near ubiquitous for drivers — a resolute sense of independence and a penchant for risk-taking.

    Those traits serve the Orlando Sportsman driver well, both in his day job running an entertainment special effects company, and in his longtime hobby of stock car racing.

    Growing up, Nicholls’ dreams — to drive a racecar and be a professional fireworks operator — were like forbidden fruits.

  • Rays go deep in 12-3 victory over Blue Jays

    ST. PETERSBURG — James Loney, Rene Rivera and Tim Beckham each hit a two-run homer, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-3 on Friday night.

    Kevin Kiermaier also circled the bases on a four-base error as Tampa Bay earned its third consecutive victory. Jose Dominguez (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for his first major league win and Matt Andriese pitched the final three innings for his first career save.

  • Warriors’ Eckart off to state

    Larry Bugg


    ORLANDO — Paige Eckart of Seven Rivers Christian earned a trip to the Class 1A state track meet, taking third in the high jump with a 4-10 leap at the Class 1A Region 2 Track and Field Meet on Thursday at The First Academy. 

    Coach Lisa Carter said Eckart is the first from the school to make it to state since Tianna Miele in 2012.