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  • No. 13 Florida tops South Carolina 81-66

    GAINESVILLE — KeVaughn Allen scored 26 points, a considerably better performance than his last game against South Carolina, and No. 13 Florida beat the Gamecocks 81-66 on Tuesday night.

    Devin Robinson added 14 points for Florida, which won its ninth consecutive game and locked up one of the top four seeds in the upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament. Chris Chiozza and Kasey Hill chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

  • A new look

    PORT CHARLOTTE  - - Evan Longoria is sporting a new look in spring training and feeling better about what the Tampa Bay Rays have done in hopes of giving themselves a better chance to win.

    The 31-year-old third baseman still isn’t a fan of last month’s trade that sent second baseman and close friend Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pitching prospect; however, the three-time All-Star isn’t letting his personal displeasure cloud his overall view of efforts to improve the Rays’ roster.

  • Winter Nationals underway at speedway

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    INVERNESS — Competitors from across the United States and Canada converged on Citrus County Speedway for the 2017 Legend Cars Winter Nationals. In all, 120 competitors throughout seven divisions competed Monday.

  • Dewees feeling at home

    David Pieklik: Correspondent

    HERNANDO — It already feels like a lifetime for Donnie Dewees since he wore his Crystal River High School baseball uniform, and it has been a life of opportunities doing what he loves to do.

  • Hurricanes advance 11

    INVERNESS — In the Citrus High School gymnasium on Saturday, 12 for 12 was the goal for the Hurricanes wrestling team. That was how many wrestlers coach Jeff Wood brought into the District 2A-5 tournament and that’s how many he wanted to advance to regionals next week. Finishing as the district runner-up was also in his sights.  

  • An impressive display

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Defense couldn’t win it for Crystal River’s girls basketball team, not this time.

    Ponte Vedra literally shot the Pirates to pieces Friday, netting more points by the 5:27 mark of the second quarter than Crystal River would manage in the entire game in a 58-24 Class 6A regional final romp.

  • Citrus’ Miller aims for return trip to state

    Even though he wasn’t a very good wrestler last season, David Miller of Citrus still made it to the state tournament as a sophomore.

    Those were Miller’s own words earlier this week heading into the postseason — which begins today for the Hurricanes and Lecanto at the District 2A-5 tournament at Citrus High School in Inverness.

  • CCS welcomes in Legend Cars Winter Nationals

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    Drivers from across North America have begun to make their way to Citrus County Speedway for the 2017 Legend Cars Winter Nationals. For those who have come a few days early, tonight is just a small preview of what to expect during the race week that begins Monday.

  • Pirates one step away from the Final Four

    C.J. Risak


    What Crystal River doesn’t want is a total repeat of last year’s girls basketball 6A regional final, when Lecanto traveled to Ponte Vedra, battling the Sharks with a berth in the Final Four at stake.

    Still, there’s a lot of things the Pirates would like to mimic, most importantly the result — Lecanto won that game.

  • CR wins numbers game

    CRYSTAL RIVER — It was never really a matter of if the Crystal River wrestling team would win back-to-back district team titles, it was just a matter of by how much.

    The Pirates had 12 wrestlers entered in Thursday’s District 1A-5 tournament at home, four more than the next closest team. And with several other teams bringing four or fewer wrestlers, the Pirates were guaranteed to place and score big points at just about every weight class.