Local Sports

  • Hungry for more

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    Last June’s commencement exercises dealt Citrus County wrestlers a huge reality check.

  • Final countdown

    TALLAHASSEE — No. 1 Florida State is 60 minutes from accomplishing a feat that Bobby Bowden and the powerhouse Seminoles of the 1990s never could — putting together back-to-back undefeated regular seasons.

    The light at the end of the tunnel is nearing with all of Florida State’s goals there for the taking.

  • ’Canes dominant at home

    The Citrus boys’ basketball team has rolled to a 3-0 start with decisive home wins against Weeki Wachee, Hernando and The Villages Charter, extending its regular-season win streak to 16 games. The Hurricanes’ only loss since last December was an overtime defeat at the hands of Gainesville Eastside in the state regional semifinals. 

  • Got Milk? Citrus does

    Desmond “Milk” Simmons just keeps getting better. 

    After splitting time as a starter for a solid junior season on a 26-3 district champion squad, the senior forward is already flirting with a double-double average at the beginning of his final season in black and gold.

  • Where’s the progress?

    JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars constantly talk about getting better. It’s coach Gus Bradley’s motto, the team’s mantra and a catchphrase for meetings, practices and games.

    But signs of progress, especially consistent improvement, are tough to find.

  • O’Leary: Most natural rivalry game in the AAC

    ORLANDO — Despite their coach’s belief that their game against USF should be the top football rivalry in the American Athletic Conference, one UCF team captain insists that today’s  matchup between Knights and Bulls is just another contest.

  • Final shot for Muschamp in Florida

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Will Muschamp might never escape the comparisons to Ron Zook.

    Both had big wins, head-scratching losses and were fired late in the season — a decade apart. Throw in that they were former defensive coordinators, first-time head coaches and followed legends in Gainesville, and it’s fitting to lump them together.

    Muschamp surely wouldn’t mind going out the same way Zook did.

  • Girls soccer notebook: Teams looking to break out

    David Pieklik


    A short holiday break could either be a blessing or a curse for the three county girls soccer teams at the season’s halfway point. With all teams at full strength, the season’s second half should have playoff implications.

  • Instant impact

    David Pieklik


    She doesn’t leap over tall buildings or stop speeding trains; she prefers a soccer jersey to a cape.

  • Wisconsin, UNC, Florida, UCLA lead Atlantis field

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — North Carolina coach Roy Williams knows a trip to the Bahamas will not in any way resemble a Thanksgiving vacation for his Tar Heels.

    He’s not complaining.

    And neither are plenty of other teams that are spending the next few days in paradise.