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  • Pirates one step away from the Final Four

    C.J. Risak


    What Crystal River doesn’t want is a total repeat of last year’s girls basketball 6A regional final, when Lecanto traveled to Ponte Vedra, battling the Sharks with a berth in the Final Four at stake.

    Still, there’s a lot of things the Pirates would like to mimic, most importantly the result — Lecanto won that game.

  • CR wins numbers game

    CRYSTAL RIVER — It was never really a matter of if the Crystal River wrestling team would win back-to-back district team titles, it was just a matter of by how much.

    The Pirates had 12 wrestlers entered in Thursday’s District 1A-5 tournament at home, four more than the next closest team. And with several other teams bringing four or fewer wrestlers, the Pirates were guaranteed to place and score big points at just about every weight class.

  • Just a little rain

    C.J. Risak, Correspondent

    LECANTO — It wasn’t the best way to get the season started, with rain delaying the Lecanto Panther Invitational for an hour and strong winds plaguing the athletes through the evening, but it didn’t bother the Lecanto girls track team, or the Citrus boys team, too much.

  • Hurricanes win big in the weight room

    INVERNESS — Last week was a rough day on the score sheet for Crystal River weightlifting. On the road, outnumbered by a county opponent and taking a big loss. Wednesday afternoon in the Pirates’ first encounter with defending county champion Citrus was no different. With a couple less lifters from the week prior on an already slim roster, the Hurricanes pulled away with a 75-8 win — their second straight of the season.

  • CR’s Lawson ready for last postseason run

    A year ago, Crystal River wrestler CJ Lawson appeared primed to make his first trip to the state tournament as a junior. He had just won the district championship at 145 pounds by pinning his way through the bracket and had collected a pin in the opening round of the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament in Titusville.

  • Pirates among 6A Elite

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — It was time to panic. Everything that Crystal River’s girls basketball team had worked for all season was slipping away. A team the Pirates had beaten three times in three previous meetings this season had them on the ropes.

  • Archer, Rays ready to leave 2016 behind

    PORT CHARLOTTE — As the leader of a pitching staff that underperformed last season, Chris Archer relishes the challenge of helping the revamped Tampa Bay Rays re-emerge as playoff contenders.

    The team opened spring training Tuesday with increased competition for jobs at a number of key positions, as well as expectations of improving on last year’s last-place finish in the AL East.

  • Barry scores 30, No. 15 Florida races past Auburn 114-95

    AUBURN, Ala. — With defensive stops hard to come by, Canyon Barry and the Florida Gators simply scored more than they had all season.

    Barry scored a season-high 30 points and the 15th-ranked Gators kept up with high-scoring Auburn for a half, then sprinted away to a 114-95 victory Tuesday night.

  • Lecanto girls tennis team opens season with shutout victory at Citrus

    C.J. Risak


    INVERNESS — This was a moment the Lecanto girls tennis team had been waiting for.

    Not necessarily the score, which was a dominating sweep of Citrus — although the lopsided results did help get their season started in the direction they want to pursue. But just to get this season going — it’s something the Panthers have been looking forward to for a while.

  • Bresnahan holds off Anderson for Super Late Model victory

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    The night’s top competitors gave it everything they had in an effort to see victory lane Saturday at Citrus County Speedway.

    For Super Late Model driver Mike Bresnahan, it took more than driver ability to outmaneuver Wayne Anderson.