Local Sports

  • Lecanto’s Lucas a threat all over the field

    Early last season, after a pair of interceptions in Lecanto’s season opener, then-sophomore Jeremiah Lucas was tagged as an up-and-coming defensive talent at cornerback for the Panthers.

    Since then, he’s emerged as a potent scoring threat as a receiver and returner. A turning point came in a 62-52 shootout loss against Williston, in which Lucas hauled in seven Travis McGee passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns. 

  • One final show

    This one’s for the seniors. That’s the emphasis from local prep teams in this final week of football for county teams. 

  • Lawyer: A-Rod admits steroid use to DEA

    MIAMI — A lawyer for the University of Miami’s former pitching coach said Wednesday that Alex Rodriguez admitted to federal investigators he used steroids supplied by the owner of a now-closed South Florida clinic.

    Attorney Frank Quintero Jr., who represents Lazaro “Laser” Collazo in his defense against charges of conspiracy 

  • A better day

    HOWIE-IN-THE-HILLS — The final team score for the Crystal River boys’ golf team doesn’t tell the whole story of its 2014 State Finals effort.

  • Back under center

    TAMPA — Hoping to spark one of the NFL’s least productive offenses, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are turning back to Josh McCown at quarterback.

    The 12th-year pro started the first three games of the season, but has missed the past five after injuring the thumb on his throwing hand.

  • Panthers shut out ’Canes

    David Pieklik: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — Lecanto used a balanced attack and swarming midfield to shut out county rival Citrus 2-0 in the girls soccer match Tuesday.

  • A cruel game

    HOWIE-IN-THE-HILLS — Crystal River senior standout Kyle Kidd felt his high school golf career come to an end with one swing of the club Tuesday at the State Finals.

    The Pirates’ No. 1 golfer re-injured a finger on his right hand during a swing on hole No. 5 at the Las Colinas Course at Mission Inn Resort & Club during the first round of the Class 2A tournament.

  • Rattlers end Lecanto’s postseason run

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    LECANTO — Momentum evolves into turning points, and that will lead to victory in volleyball. In Tuesday’s 5A regional semifinal between 5A-5 champion Belleview and 5A-6 winner Lecanto, the key momentum swing came at the end of the third set.

    When it did, the Panthers slipped and could not regain it in time. Belleview finally prevailed, 25-20, 13-25, 26-24 and 25-20.

  • Bass hat trick leads Pirates to season-opening win

    The Crystal River boys soccer team opened the season Monday at Hernando and came home with a 3-1 district victory, thanks to a hat trick by A.J. Bass.

    Bass scored once in the first half as the teams went into halftime tied 1-1. Three minutes into the second half, Bass struck again and added another goal later in the frame for the 3-1 Crystal River win.

  • A winning formula

    JACKSONVILLE — Florida found two things on offense Saturday that it had long been missing: confidence and identity.

    Maintaining both will be critical for the Gators down the stretch.

    “A lot of our issues offensively have been confidence, have been timidity,” Muschamp said following a 38-20 win against then-ninth-ranked Georgia on Saturday. “For whatever reason, whether it is one position, two positions, we got to have some success. We needed to have some success.”