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  • Macaisa, Sisto swim to state

    Despite some record-setting performances and several top-six place finishes at the Class 2A Region 2 Swimming and Diving Meet held Friday at Merritt Island, there were only two athletes from the county headed to the state meet when the list of qualifiers was announced Sunday.

  • Pirates head to state meet

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    ALACHUA – The resurgent Crystal River Lady Pirates’ tale continues.

    A year ago, CRHS girls cross country couldn’t get out of districts at Nature Coast Tech.

  • Payback for prime time

    TAMPA — Seven weeks have passed, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still feel the sting and embarrassment of a nationally televised 42-point loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

  • Gators in a groove

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kelvin Taylor ran for a touchdown and Treon Harris threw for 215 yards and ran for two scores himself as the Florida Gators beat Vanderbilt 34-10 on Saturday night for their second straight win.

  • Six classes cap off season at Speedway

    The Citrus County Speedway caps off its season with points finales for six classes, headlined by a 

    50-lap Sportsman event, today in Inverness.

    Modified mini stocks, pure stocks, street stocks, mini stocks, pro hornets join the sportsman class and the Sunshine State Legends/Bandoleros Touring Series with 25-lap features.

    There will also be a pair of Big Wheel Race for boys and girls ages 5-10, where winners will receive a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart.

  • Phoenix from the flames

    James Johnston’s first foray into racing went up in smoke.

    “The biggest fire they’ve ever had at the Citrus County Speedway was from my car,” said the Brooksville driver, a regular at Citrus in the Pure Stock class. “We were all stacked up going into turn 3 at the start of the race, and I got rear-ended and it cut the fuel line. As the fuel hit the ground, it went up in the air like 30 feet. 

  • Warriors prevail in wild final contest

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    BROOKSVILLE — Playing its final game on the field that’s been home for half a decade, Seven Rivers saved arguably its best for last with a 53-40 win over Southwest Florida Christian on Friday night.

  • Lecanto finishes at .500

    Jon-Michael Soracchi

    Correspondent

    LAND O’ LAKES — Just before Lecanto head coach Greg Harper addressed his team following its game against host Land O’ Lakes, senior captain Brandon Weiss asked for his fellow Panthers’ attention.

  • County champs

    INVERNESS — The Citrus football team was denied a shutout on the last play of its rivalry bout with Crystal River on a 66-yard touchdown return by freshman Tyrek Scriven. But nothing was going to damper the celebration of its 19 seniors, who left the Citrus Bowl on Friday with their second straight county championship thanks to a 35-6 romp of the Pirates.

    The win makes the Hurricanes (5-5) .500 or better for the fourth consecutive season, and gives them back-to-back county titles for the first time since 2006. 

  • Still hope for Gators

    GAINESVILLE — After three losses in Southeastern Conference play, all the talk surrounding Florida was about coach Will Muschamp’s future.

    Beating rival Georgia changed the conversation.

    Now there’s chatter that the Gators — yes, these Gators — could end up in Atlanta for the league title game.

    Don’t laugh. It’s not as farfetched as it might seem.