Local Sports

  • Williston wears down Lecanto in 22-13 win

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — In a game it looked poised to take control of, Lecanto lost its poise in a tight 22-13 defeat at the hands of Williston on Friday night.

    With two very similar offenses squaring off, the Red Devils (2-0) had just enough answers to counter the Panthers (1-1) in the non-district matchup. 

  • Tigers lean on ‘D’

    INVERNESS — On a night its offense was flat and mistake prone, it was the Dunnellon High School defense that proved it can lead the way Friday night, in a 41-6 thrashing of Citrus High School at the Citrus Bowl.

    “Flat, rusty, whatever you want to call it, we didn’t play our best game,” said Dunnellon coach Price Harris, whose team’s Week 2 game against Lecanto was washed out by Hurricane Hermine. 

  • FSU hosts depleted Charleston Southern

    TALLAHASSEE — Charleston Southern is facing more than one daunting task against third-ranked Florida State today. Due to an NCAA rules violation, the Buccaneers will have a reduced roster for the game.

    School officials confirmed Friday afternoon in a release that a total of 32 players will serve one-game suspensions for using book money at the campus bookstore on other items, such as electronics, clothing or snacks. The penalties have been staggered over four games and 14 players will not play against the Seminoles.

  • Gator dominance

    GAINESVILLE — Kentucky no longer has to look back a decade or two to find a game in which it played Florida close.

    The Wildcats (0-1) gave the Gators (1-0) all they could handle the last two seasons, but Kentucky is not looking for morale victories. Kentucky’s futility against Florida has reached 

    29 consecutive losses, the longest current run in major college football between teams that play annually.

  • Friday night football is back with Hermine out of the way

    The county’s football teams are hungry for some wins after last week’s games were canceled due to Hurricane Hermine, with the exception to Seven Rivers Christian who played in rainy conditions and lost.

    With the bad weather now old news, here’s a look ahead to Friday night’s matchups:

    Lake Highland Prep (2-0) at Seven Rivers (1-1) 7:30 p.m.

  • Rudy, set, hike

    The Lecanto Panthers are not the same football team as last year.

    Junior quarterback Rudolph “Rudy” Holton III knows that. He’s OK with it. In fact, he embraces it.

    Last year, the Panthers graduated a few key starters, such as QB Travis McGee, receiver Jeremiah Lucas and tight end Layton Copeland, after winning its first county championship in school history.

    But that was last year.

  • ‘A-Team’ making plays, chasing records

    JACKSONVILLE — They’ve been dubbed “The A-Team,” a fitting nickname for more reasons than the obvious.

    Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson are one of the best receiving duos in the NFL. They might even be the best in Jacksonville Jaguars history, better than that other tandem that started giving defenses fits two decades ago.

  • Change for the better

    For more than 20 years, the Bramlett family was a fixture at every Crystal River High School football game.

    Earl would coach the team on the field, while his wife, Cathie, took up the cheerleading squad. Their daughter, Megan, would cheer and their son, Paige, played football while students at the high school.

    It was only fitting the football stadium beared their family name — and it does.

  • Competitive sweep

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — What the Crystal River volleyball team wanted was to avoid a repeat of how last season ended. The Pirates got it.

    After a bit of a slow start, Crystal River took control of its 6A-7 match against county rival Citrus midway through the second set, coasting from there to a 25-20, 25-19, 25-14 triumph Tuesday at Crystal River.

  • Machado, Orioles slam Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Manny Machado capped a six-run fourth inning with a grand slam off Jake Odorizzi, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Tampa Bay Rays 11-2 on Tuesday night.

    Chris Davis and Adam Jones also homered for the Orioles, who entered the day tied for the second wild card and two games behind AL East-leading Toronto.

    Machado's homer was his 34th this season, while Davis got his 35th and Jones got his 26th.