Local Sports

  • Taylor scores twice to lead UF to 27-3 victory over UGA

    JACKSONVILLE — No. 11 Florida is one win away from “restoring the order” in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division.

    Kelvin Taylor ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns, Antonio Callaway delivered another huge play and the Gators beat rival Georgia 27-3 Saturday to move a step closer to the league title game.

    The Gators also were downright dominant defensively, shutting down Sony Michel, pressuring Faton Bauta and holding the Bulldogs to 223 total yards.

  • A grind at State Golf Finals

    HOWIE-IN-THE-HILLS — It was an up and down day for the six Citrus County golfers at the Class 2A State Golf Finals on Friday at Mission Inn Resort & Club.

    Each player had their moments out on the course, but the two courses — Las Colinas for the girls and El Campeon for the boys — also showed their teeth and just how tough they can play if the ball is not kept out of trouble.

  • Halloween at the Citrus speedway

    It’s a Halloween Special Events Night at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, with Street Stocks racing 50 laps, Mod Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and Mini Stocks running 40 laps apiece, and Super Late Models returning for their 25-lap season finale.

  • Hornets sting CR

    The Crystal River Pirates fell to the Weeki Wachee Hornets 27-9 Friday night.

    The game was indicative of the days leading up for the Pirates (4-5).

    They implemented some new faces to the team, including a freshman quarterback, in lieu of six player injuries and four additional suspensions due to an off campus incident.

    “We had nine freshman playing tonight,” Pirates coach Nate Varnadore said. “We move on.”

  • Seven Rivers loses chance for league title

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — This one’s going to hurt for a while.

    Seven Rivers Christian’s hopes of its first conference championship ended with a 56-37 loss to Bradenton-Saint Stephen’s Episcopal in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference quarterfinal Friday. Players gathered in a quiet huddle afterward, with players’ sobbing the only sounds before coaches talked of what went wrong.

  • Historic Panthers

    INVERNESS — After more than three decades of football without a county championship, it was inevitable that Lecanto’s first wouldn’t come easy.

  • Lecanto girls stay undefeated with road win at Citrus

    David Pieklik


    INVERNESS — Lecanto’s midfield dominated in its first county rivalry matchup of the season against Citrus with a 3-1 district girls soccer win Thursday night.

  • County golfers begin 2A State Finals on Friday

    The FHSAA Class 2A State Finals in golf get underway this morning at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills.

    Citrus County will be represented in both the boys and girls meets, which tee off at 8:15 a.m.

    In the boys meet, the Crystal River Pirates have qualified for the fifth year in a row. 

  • Panthers look for first county championship

    A county rivalry, a playoff tilt, and three district finales are on the slate tonight in local prep football, as all five local teams play in the county or at Dunnellon. Lecanto goes into enemy territory at the Citrus Bowl, seeking its first county crown in program history, while Seven Rivers Christian begins its quest for its first conference title. In Crystal River, the Pirates come off their bye trying to stay undefeated at home, while Dunnellon hopes to celebrate senior night by extending its perfect season.

  • Iron man Max

    Max Martone is a plug-and-play iron man for the Citrus football team.

    The sophomore standout continues to answer the call, no matter where his services are needed.

    A year after moving up to varsity to play offensive line as a freshman, he’s now averaging around 12 tackles a game at middle linebacker, putting him on pace to surpass 120 tackles for the season. In the Hurricanes’ meeting with Brooksville-Central earlier this month, he put up the team’s best