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  • UF’s Allen, FSU’s Bacon bump heads

    TALLAHASSEE, — KeVaughn Allen and Dwayne Bacon both made their mark in last year’s Florida-Florida State game. That has continued this season as the sophomore guards face each other again today in the latest edition of the Sunshine State Showdown.

  • Welcome to the South

    TAMPA — Welcome to the NFC South, where two games over .500 gives the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a share of first place, and two under has the New Orleans Saints in position to make up ground in a hurry.

    Talk about playing meaningful games in December.

  • Two county grapplers earn gold

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Chronicle correspondent

  • Depth on display

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Depth was the difference.

    Crystal River’s superior depth was on display when the Pirates hosted Citrus in a girls basketball game that, if Citrus had won, would have plunged District 6A-7 into a three-way tie for first, with Hernando also in the mix.

  • ’Canes top Pirates in boys hoops

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    INVERNESS — Coming into the season, it was generally accepted that Crystal River was the favorite to win the county and possibly even the district boys basketball title.

    The Pirates returned nearly all their key players from last season, while a team like Citrus was employing an entirely new starting lineup. 

  • Pirates pull out last-second tie vs Panthers

    CRYSTAL RIVER — When the Crystal River girls soccer team met Lecanto this season on Nov. 18, the Pirates suffered a 7-1 loss on the road and it was the only match of the season where coach Bill Reyes said his team didn’t walk off the field with their heads held high. 

    That certainly wasn’t the case in Friday’s 3-3 draw when the team’s met again at Crystal River High School. 

  • Panthers mercy rule Pirates 8-0

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — Austin D’Anna’s goal 45 seconds into the game set the tone for Lecanto’s 8-0 win over Crystal River in boys soccer district play Friday.

  • Canucks put Lightning on ice

    TAMPA — Jayson Megna and Jack Skille both had two goals, Ryan Miller made 38 saves before leaving with six minutes left in the third period and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Thursday night.

    Erik Gudbranson also scored for the Canucks, who are 1-1 on a five-game road.

    Miller skated to the bench and then went to the locker room. There was no immediate word on why he departed.

  • Seven Rivers rolls past Lakeside 8-1

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — The question of whether Seven Rivers is ready for the possibility of entering district play for boys soccer next season got a big answer Thursday in an 8-1 win over Lakeside Christian.

  • Youthful Warriors take a lot away from 4-3 loss to Saint Francis

    LECANTO — Despite ending up on the short end of a 4-3 score Thursday night at Warrior Park, Seven Rivers girls soccer coach Robert McDougal saw plenty of positives from his young squad against a talented Saint Francis Catholic club out of Gainesville.