Local Sports

  • Pirates stay perfect in District 5A-7 play

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — It had been a tough week for Crystal River’s volleyball team, according to coach Mike Ridley. But that didn’t seem to effect their play Thursday night against visiting Lecanto.

  • Sportsman class returns to CCS

    The Sportsman class comes back from an extended layoff in a big way tonight, as the first Sportsman 50 Lap Benny Stevenson/Lenny Brown Memorial Race headlines racing action at the Citrus County Speedway. 

    Modified Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, Mini Cups and Mini Stocks are also on the racing card.

  • No. 9 FSU knows not to take BC lightly

    BOSTON — Florida State stomped over the competition on the way to its most recent national championship, winning all 14 games by an average margin of nearly 40 points.

    And then there was Boston College.

    A year later, the Seminoles were still led by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and heading for a second straight unbeaten regular season. Again, the Eagles gave them trouble.

  • Big stakes for CR, Citrus

    Citrus and Crystal River meet for the 67th time and Lecanto travels to Hernando for its first district tilt in three years in area prep football action tonight. Meanwhile, Seven Rivers Christian aims to stay undefeated and maintain its series edge over inter-county and division rival Ocala Christian, while Dunnellon goes to Belleview for a non-district match-up between Marion County programs.

  • Pirate playmaker

    Tyler Pollard seems to always be in the right place at the right time on the football field. 

    By recent example, he’s scored three defensive touchdowns in two games for Crystal River, including a pair of long fumble returns and a 43-yard interception return.

  • Iwaniec off to a hot start

    Editor’s note: This will be a weekly roundup to update readers on the performances of various collegiate athletes who formerly played for area high schools. If you have any information in regard to an athlete currently playing who isn’t in this article, please notify the sports department via email at sports@chronicleonline.com.

  • Severino rebounds

    ST. PETERSBURG — Prized rookie Luis Severino rebounded from his worst start, Greg Bird homered and drove in two runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Wednesday night to keep pace in the AL playoff race.

    The second-place Yankees, who lead the wild-card chase, took two of three from Tampa Bay and stayed three games behind Toronto in the AL East.

  • Narrow victory

    BROOKSVILLE — The Citrus boys relied on solid rounds from its No. 3, 4 and 5 golfers in eking out a 179-182 victory over Lecanto on the front nine of the Rolling Oaks golf course at World Woods Golf Club in Brooksville on Wednesday. 

  • Miami and Nebraska have had classic battles

    LINCOLN, Neb. — Having spent most of his career on the West Coast, first-year Nebraska coach Mike Riley initially didn’t grasp how a nonconference game against Miami could stir so much emotion in and around the Cornhuskers’ program.

    He gained a much better understanding last month when De’Mornay Pierson-El got the news that a foot injury would keep him out at least until the Big Ten schedule started.

  • Franklin homer sends Rays past New York

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nick Franklin hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the AL wild-card leading New York Yankees 6-3 on Tuesday night.

    Hobbled Alex Rodriguez and Greg Bird homered for the Yankees, who remain three games behind AL East-leading Toronto, which lost 3-2 at Atlanta.