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  • Rays’ bats flat in 4-2 setback to Blue Jays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Cobb had a good bullpen session. It didn’t carry over into the game.

    Drew Hutchison won his first start in almost two years, Adam Lind homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Cobb and the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.

    “Pregame, I felt great,” Cobb said. “I was really commanding everything. Got into the game and it didn’t translate.”

  • Good showing

    Tony Castro

    CRYSTAL RIVER — For a second straight spring, there was no hardware for either of the host Crystal River’s tennis teams at the conclusion of Tuesday’s two-day, well-run eight-team District 2A-7 tennis tournament on the Pirate courts.

    On the girls’ side, Pasco garnered its school-record fourth straight district title.

  • Still anyone’s tourney

    LECANTO — After the first long day of tennis was completed Tuesday evening at Lecanto High School, the Lecanto girls tennis team is tied for the lead with intra-county rival Citrus in the District 3A-5 boys and girls tennis tournament held in Lecanto and hosted by the Panthers for the next two days.

    Lecanto and Citrus both have 12 points. Forest sits in third with 10 points, followed by Vanguard (9), Springstead (7), Lake Minneola (7), Leesburg (3), South Lake (2), Lake Weir (2) and West Port (2), respectively. 

  • Pirates turn tables on Hurricanes 21-12

    David Pieklik

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River won its second straight game in girls flag football with a 21-12 win Monday over Citrus.

    Shirley Kortendick’s scoring run near the beginning of the fourth quarter iced the victory for the Pirates (2-3), who are on a win streak after starting the season 0-3. The team looked much improved than the one that lost the season opener 19-6 to the Hurricanes (2-1). 

  • Price outpitches Dickey, Rays top Blue Jays

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays raised another playoff banner to the roof at Tropicana Field, then went out and played like a team expecting to make another run at a postseason berth.

    David Price set the tone by taking a shutout into the eighth inning, Desmond Jennings made a diving catch for the first out of the season, and Evan Longoria, Wil Myers and Matt Joyce delivered timely hits Monday as the Rays opened with a 9-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • Citrus softball tops Warriors

    C.J. Risak

    INVERNESS — Seven Rivers Christian struck quickly. Citrus responded just as fast.

  • Pirate netters move on

    James Blevins

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The first round of the 2014 District 2A-7 boys and girls tennis tournament started early Monday morning and went for well over 12 hours at the Crystal River Pirates’ home courts.

  • Perfect no more

    LECANTO — A rare meeting between a pair of Lecanto baseball clubs Monday night brought about a couple of anomalies. For the first time this season, the Panthers played a game decided by more than four runs. Meanwhile, Seven Rivers Christian suffered its first loss on the season, falling 13-0 in five innings at Lecanto High School.

  • Athletic overachievers anonymous

    Dr. Ron Joseph

    After careful consideration, I have added this dedication to weekend warriors who have applied the gift of overachievement and compulsion to do as much exercise and physical work as possible on a weekend.

    The term “weekend warrior” has been applied to people who do significant exercise on the weekends following a 40-plus hours a week sedentary job. It also applies to a person who works out, exercises or plays sports in a sporadic fashion.

  • District tennis tourneys are too close to call

    Tony Castro

    The 93rd Florida High School Athletic Association tennis state series begins in earnest with four area tennis tournaments starting today, as Crystal River High hosts 14 teams (seven boys, seven girls) on the Pirates’ eight courts.

    Tuesday’s action begins at 9 a.m.

    Tuesday evening’s district champion will host the 2A-8 runner-up in the Class 2A, Region IV semifinal on Tuesday, April 8, while conversely the district runner-up will travel to the 2A-8 district champion.