Local Sports

  • Upside down

    None of last Friday’s final night of District 5A-6 basketball games mattered for the seeding of next week’s boys tournament, hosted by Dunnellon High School. But the results could bode well for a closely-fought tourney as the bottom seeds, at the very least, gave themselves a confidence boost ahead of Tuesday’s semifinals.

  • Panthers fall to Tigers

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    DUNNELLON — Lecanto had a shot. Problem was the Panthers just couldn’t get enough of those shots to fall down the stretch.

  • Tigers eliminate CR

    Jon-Michael Soracchi


    DUNNELLON — Thanks largely in part to a dominant opening eight minutes, the Dunnellon girls basketball team is heading somewhere it hasn’t been in eight years.

    The regional playoffs.

  • Panthers stun Hurricanes

    C.J. Risak


    DUNNELLON — Lecanto coach Brittany Szunko got just what she wanted.

    A fast, first-punch-landed kind of start and a hold-them-off finish — the result was a stunning 46-43 victory over top-seeded Citrus in the first game of the 5A-6 District Tournament on Tuesday at Dunnellon.

  • Pirates overwhelm Warriors in county tussle

    LECANTO — A coach with a name that was synonymous with Seven Rivers Christian basketball returned to his former home court on Monday. 

    This time, Jim Ervin was leading a team he once dominated in head-to-head contests as the Warriors’ head man. But his Crystal River Pirates had little trouble last night against an over-matched SRCS squad, and cruised to a 62-18 victory, despite inefficient shooting from the floor.

  • Second season

    C.J. Risak


    Preparations are over. Tournament time is here.

    Right now, each team should be focused on winning their first game, because without that win the season ends — unless, of course, you’re in 2A-3, which is populated only by Seven Rivers Christian and Ocala St. John Lutheran. That means whatever the outcome of Thursday’s title game, both teams will advance to the 2A regionals.

  • SEC woes

    OXFORD, Miss. — Faced with a chance to lead Mississippi to a thrilling last-minute victory, Jarvis Summers didn’t just come through once — but twice.

  • Mitchell edges Citrus to earn tourney repeat

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Citrus High School’s wrestling team walked into J.W. Mitchell’s gymnasium with expectations of toting home some hardware at the conclusion of Saturday’s Mustangs Duals.

    The Hurricanes did collect a trophy, albeit for second place, after bowing to the host Mustangs in the match of the day, 42-39.

  • Change of scenery yields better results

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    Crystal River senior wrestler Joel Cameron Pelton is living proof that life could be better on the other side of the fence. Just ask him.

    In his first two years on the prep mats at Lecanto High School, the Crystal River-born Pelton compiled a 12-18 record (40 percent).

  • ’Canes return to work at Mitchell

    Tony Castro: Correspondent


    While Crystal River and the Lecanto High mat programs are taking a break, Citrus High returns to work in today’s eight-team Mustang Duals at Mitchell High in New Port Richey.