Local Sports

  • CR boys golf takes tri-meet

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    CRYSTAL RIVER — As the boys golf regular season reaches its final weeks, Crystal River had plenty to feel good about Thursday afternoon.

    Hosting two solid opponents in Lecanto and Springstead at Plantation Inn, the Pirates had six players card nine-hole rounds in the 40s, totaling 168, compared to 183 by the Panthers and 187 by the Eagles.

  • ACC moves football title game to Orlando

    ORLANDO — The ACC is moving its 2016 football championship to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.

    The conference made the announcement Thursday about the Dec. 3 game.

    Orlando emerged as a possible location after the ACC joined other sports leagues in pulling out of North Carolina amid backlash over controversial state House Bill 2.

  • Lecanto’s version of “Waterboy”

    Adam Sandler’s 1998 sports comedy “The Waterboy” is a film about a team manager/waterboy who's hidden talent is discovered while hanging around a football team.

    It is just a movie. But at Lecanto High School, it’s the story of how Domenique Speach was discovered. 

    “When I do good sometimes, they’ll call me Bobby Boucher,” said Speach, 17.

  • The midway point

    At the midway point of the high school football season, there is still no clear-cut leader for the county’s title. Despite no teams having a winning record, teams will look to make their cases tonight.

    Crystal River (1-3) at Hernando (2-2), 7:30 p.m.

    Coming off a 51-7 loss to Nature Coast Tech, the Crystal River Pirates are hoping to rebound in a big way.

  • Swartz carrying family legacy to finish line

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    LECANTO — Soon, senior Cassandra Swartz will swim her final meet for Lecanto. It will be the end of an already successful four-year prep career, but also the conclusion of a far longer run.

  • Playing the long game

    Colleen Bennett: Correspondent

    It’s a lofty goal, but Jacob Hensley’s long-game mindset means he’s fairly confident he can achieve it.

    “I want to be the FHSAA 2A cross country state champ my senior year,” he said. “For me, that’s a realistic goal.”

    The Citrus High School runner is currently ranked 21st in the state in the 2A division and is ranked fifth among fellow sophomores. 

  • Panthers top ’Canes to sit at .500

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — It can be difficult to locate — the fuel needed to propel one to an immediate goal. 

    On Tuesday at Citrus, Lecanto’s volleyball team was able to do that better than the Hurricanes, who — unlike the night before, in their spirited four-set loss to Crystal River — sputtered and were never able to mount much of a significant run in losing to the Panthers, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22.

  • Stricklin embraces task of following Foley

    GAINESVILLE — Born and raised in Mississippi, and with stops at Auburn and Kentucky on his resume, Scott Stricklin has spent more than two decades in the Southeastern Conference.

    He knows the league inside and out, and has witnessed pretty much everything during his career. So he understands the daunting task of following Jeremy Foley. He also welcomes the opportunity.

  • Pirates edge ’Canes in 4

    C.J. Risak


    INVERNESS — By the midpoint of the third set of Tuesday’s Crystal River-Citrus volleyball match, the outcome was very much in doubt. The Pirates, tied for first in 6A-7 with Weeki Wachee, had won the first set comfortably, but lost the second after falling behind early by double digits.

    In the third, they were clinging to a 14-12 advantage when coach Mike Ridley called timeout.

  • Warriors race to victories

    Colleen Bennett

    For the Chronicle

    LECANTO — The Seven Rivers Christian School boys and girls cross country teams cruised to easy victories Tuesday at the Seven Rivers Invitational at Warrior Park. The girls and boys both bested St. John’s Lutheran; the girls won 20-39, while the boys walked away with a 22-34 victory. Meadowbrook Academy and Dunnellon High School brought individual runners to compete, but did not have enough runners to compete as a team.