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  • Panthers rally past Seven Rivers

    LECANTO — Monday’s baseball meeting between Lecanto and Seven Rivers Christian had the sort of ups and downs you might expect from the two youngest teams in the county.

    The Panthers and their starting pitcher Jarred Batson battled back from some early hardship, as they clawed their way back from a 3-0 deficit to prevail 4-3 on a walk-off error in Lecanto.

  • Jays take first two vs. Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Josh Donaldson, Michael Saunders and Josh Thole homered to help R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Monday night.

    All three of the home runs were hit off Drew Smyly, with Donaldson connecting for a solo shot in the fifth inning, Saunders delivering a two-run homer in the fourth and Thole going deep on a third-inning drive that umpires initially ruled was a double after a fan interfered by catching the ball before it reached the stands.

  • Murphy claims the Presidential in playoff

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The 49th annual Presidential Invitational came down to a playoff between a pair of former winners, including one who’s recently dominated the tournament and another who hasn’t competed in it in about 30 years.

    After tying Kelly Gosse with a two-day score of 146, Mike Murphy needed just one overtime hole to secure his first Presidential win in more than three decades, as the 58-year-old parred the opening playoff hole while watching Gosse three-putt for bogey.

  • Stroman solid in first opening day start, Blue Jays beat Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — One year after coming to Tropicana Field as a guest of Chris Archer on opening day, Toronto pitcher Marcus Stroman returned to beat the Tampa Bay Rays ace.

    The young right-hander who started last season on the disabled list allowed three runs and six hits over eight-plus innings Sunday, outpitching his close friend and helping the Blue Jays begin defense of their first AL East title in 22 years with a 5-3 victory.

  • On a new path

    It has been a pivotal time for college basketball players. No, not March Madness. But rather for the smaller colleges. For some in their second year, it’s time to get their AA degree and find a university to take their talents to.

  • Lynch leads by a pair

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Scott Lynch didn’t allow the rain to dampen his day in the first round of the 49th annual Men’s Presidential Golf Invitational. 

    The Land O’ Lakes golfer fired a one-under-par 71 at Crystal River Golf Club on Saturday to lead a cast of four by a pair of strokes at the top of the leaderboard.

  • Four Dunnellon football players sign together

    Less than five months removed from a stellar campaign on the gridiron, the Dunnellon High School football team continues to reap the benefits of an unbeaten season and rise to No. 1 in the Class 4A AP Poll, as four more Tigers signed their national letters- of-intent Thursday morning in the Media Room.

  • Panther softball team tops Pirates in 7th

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — A two-run Crystal River surge in the top of the seventh inning that gave the Pirates a one-run lead was countered by a dramatic two-run Lecanto rally in the bottom half of the frame, earning the Panthers a 3-2 victory Friday in the annual Breast Cancer Awareness game at Lecanto.

  • The bat stays put

    LECANTO — A big third inning on Friday set the stage for the Crystal River baseball club’s third consecutive Joseph D. Rigney Memorial Bat Game win at Lecanto.

    The Pirates tacked on a run apiece in three straight innings after scoring three in the third, while Tyler “TV” Voland and his CRHS defense put away 13 of 15 Panthers in the final five frames for a 6-3 win. 

  • Poor start dooms Warriors

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — Bad start, good finish.

    Seven Rivers Christian scored six runs in the last three innings of its softball game against Weeki Wachee Thursday at Warrior Park, which — while good news — it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the mistakes that plagued the Warriors throughout their 15-7 loss.