Local Sports

  • Flacco throws 5 TDs in first half, Ravens rout Bucs 48-17

    TAMPA — Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens were intent on getting their season back on track, and there was nothing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could do to stop them.

  • Citrus’ Kersh has plenty to smile about

    Larry Bugg


    Citrus High School junior golfer Camrin Kersh can’t stop smiling. She has plenty of reasons for flashing the pearly whites.

    The 16-year-old Poteau, Oklahoma native is arguably the best female high school golfer in Citrus County. She qualified for the state tournament last year and finished 61st. She also nailed a hole-in-one earlier this year on hole No. 8 at the Villages with a six iron.

  • Crystal River girls, Lecanto boys second at Pines

    INVERNESS — Second place really wasn’t too bad Saturday for the Crystal River High girls and the Lecanto High boys cross country teams.

    The Pirates, led by freshman Jillian Felton’s second-place finish, took second in the Whispering Pines Invitational team race with 99 points. Tavares won with 87 points. Alexis Ulseth helped, taking 18th with a time of 22:42.

  • Florida reinstates Harris, complaint withdrawn

    GAINESVILLE — The sexual battery complaint against Florida quarterback Treon Harris has been withdrawn, and the freshman has been fully reinstated by the university and the football team.

    The school said in a statement Friday that the woman who made the allegation “is not pursuing criminal charges against him at this time, but maintains the right to do so in the future.” The university added that it is not proceeding with any action against Harris.

  • Dominant Gator defense a thing of the past

    GAINESVILLE — LSU and Florida were two of the more formidable defenses in the Southeastern 

    Conference — and the country — the last five years.

    They had NFL draft picks at nearly every position, highly touted underclassmen waiting in the wings and versatile schemes that proved to be too much for most opponents to handle. The Tigers and Gators ranked third and second, respectively, in the SEC (behind 

  • Pirates blanked at Santa Fe

    The Crystal River football team dropped a 34-0 decision at Alachua Santa Fe on Friday night.

    The Raiders led 13-0 after one quarter and 27-0 at the half. Santa Fe tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter for the shutout victory.

    The Pirates fell to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in 5A-5 district play. The Raiders improved to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in district action.

  • Warriors win 49-48 thriller

    With just 14 players dressed by the end of the game due to injuries, and trailing by two scores on three different occasions Friday night, things didn’t look good for Seven Rivers Christian at St. Francis Catholic in Gainesville.

  • Citrus edged at Mt. Dora

    Mark Fisher

    Special to the Chronicle

    MOUNT DORA — Although the Citrus County Golden Hurricanes (3-3) had an opportunity to score with less than two minutes remaining, a last-ditch halfback option pass by John Bronson on 4th and 15 from the Mount Dora 20-yard line fell short, allowing the Mount Dora Hurricanes to celebrate their Homecoming with a 14-7 victory. 

  • Colts trample Tigers

    CITRA — North Marion dominated Dunnellon in all phases of the game to snap the Tigers’ five-game winning streak and hand them their first district loss in a 43-0 rout on Friday.

    The Colts (5-2, 3-1 in 5A-5) extend their winning streak over DHS to eight games and take over sole possession of second place, behind Live Oak Suwannee, in District 5A-5. 

  • Just out of reach

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — Lecanto came up 27 yards short of a rally against visiting Mitchell on Friday night, losing 28-21.

    Quarterback Travis McGee scrambled as time expired, running around the field and eluding tackles, trying to buy time for a receiver to get open. But there would be no Hail Mary reception, as the ball went a yard out of bounds over Caleb Casey’s head in the end zone.