Local Sports

  • Winston’s improved play key to Bucs’ turnaround

    TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gush about Jameis Winston being willing to do anything necessary to help the team win. That includes the quarterback putting his body in harm’s way as a lead blocker.

    A day after the Bucs blew a 17-point, second-half lead before beating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, coach Lovie Smith was able to chuckle about the rookie helping clear running room for Doug Martin on a 4-yard run that led to the go-ahead field goal in Sunday’s 23-20 victory.

  • Florida’s Callaway providing big plays in freshman year

    GAINESVILLE — Florida receiver Antonio Callaway has a season’s worth of highlights — maybe even a career’s worth — in just eight games.

  • Friday Night Rewind: Panthers rule the county

    It was another eventful evening of high school football action in the area last Friday night.

    Looking back

    Decades of heartache and futility gave way to a joyous scene for Lecanto on Friday, as the Panthers stood atop Citrus County football for the first time after beating Citrus, 41-29, on the road. 

  • Bucs blow big lead again, win in overtime

    ATLANTA — Tampa Bay did all it could to squander another big lead.

    Fortunately for the Buccaneers, they ran up against a team that seemed even more determined to lose.

    Taking advantage of four turnovers, Tampa Bay jumped to a 17-point edge on the Atlanta Falcons before winning 23-20 in overtime Sunday when Connor Barth kicked a 31-yard field goal and the defense stuffed the final drive.

  • Trio from county headed to state swim meet

    Three Citrus County swimmers performed well enough at Saturday’s Class 2A-Region 3 Meet that they earned spots in next weekend’s 2015 FHSAA Swimming & Diving State Championships in Stuart.

    Lecanto’s Lauren Macaisa and Quynn Sisto of Crystal River will be making repeat appearances, while Ethan Kennedy of Crystal River is making his first trip. The top 24 individuals from the four Class 2A regions earned the trip to state.

  • Anderson earns Super Late title

    INVERNESS — Ricky Anderson capped his rookie campaign by securing a points title in the Super Late Models finale, while Wes Wilson and Anthony LaPoint pulled out wins in wire-to-wire 40-lap thrillers during Saturday’s racing action at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness.

  • Callahan, Stamkos lead Lightning past ’Canes

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The Tampa Bay Lightning were on a four-game losing streak and playing the second game of a back-to-back. It didn't seem like they were set up for an easy win.

    Ryan Callahan and Steven Stamkos scored in the second period to give Tampa Bay the lead and the Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 Sunday night.

  • Royals rally on Murphy’s error

    NEW YORK — The Kansas City Royals keep finding new ways to win this October. And now with one more victory in November, they will be World Series champions.

    Second baseman Daniel Murphy’s error on Eric Hosmer’s grounder in the eighth inning keyed yet another comeback for the tenacious Royals, and Kansas City startled the New York Mets 5-3 Saturday night to take 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

  • Seniors Polazzo, Bertoch close out golf careers at state finals

    HOWIE-IN-THE-HILLS — A pair of Citrus County seniors wrapped up their high school golf careers Saturday, while four others got a taste of what they hope will be the first of many trips to the Class 2A State Golf Finals at Mission Inn Resort & Club.

    Lecanto senior Maddison Polazzo, in her first trip to state, shot a 92 on Saturday to go with her 89 on Friday to finish tied for 44th out of 92 golfers with a 181 total.

  • LHS boys cross country earns spot at state

    C.J. Risak


    OCALA — For the Lecanto boys cross country team, the ticket was punched. The Lecanto girls team wasn’t so fortunate.

    At Saturday’s 2A and 3A cross country regionals, held at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, the Panthers’ boys battled through a cramp-plagued performance by top runner Mackenzie Woods to earn a spot at next Saturday’s 3A state championships in Tallahassee.