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  • Bishop blanks Red Wings to clinch series

    TAMPA — Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots, Alex Killorn scored with less than two minutes remaining and the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

    Killorn's second winning goal of the series was set up by Ryan Callahan, who retrieved goalie Petr Mrazek's bad pass behind the Detroit net and centered the puck in the crease for Killorn's backhander at 18:17 of the third period.

  • One more makes four

    ST. PETERSBURG — Travis Phillips and his Seven Rivers Christian baseball club knew it had to overcome tall odds to win its fourth straight district championship this week down in St. Petersburg. 

  • Pirates advance to semis

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    GROVELAND — After a one-game absence, Crystal River’s offense reappeared in its 6A softball regional quarterfinal game at Groveland South Lake Wednesday.

    In force.

  • No. 2 Citrus stung by Hornets

    INVERNESS — For the first time in five years, the Citrus baseball team will not be advancing to the regional playoffs. 

    Weeki Wachee left-hander Cameron Sereda limited the Hurricanes to two hits, while his offense tallied 10 hits, helping the No. 6 seed Hornets pull off their second straight tournament upset with a 5-2 win at No. 2 seed Citrus in the District 6A-6 semifinals on Wednesday. 

  • Eagles soar past Pirates

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    SPRING HILL — For the second night in a row, Crystal River’s baseball team dug itself a significant hole in a Class 6A, District 6 Tournament game.

  • Warriors avenge Final Four loss, advance

    The Seven Rivers Christian baseball team kept its season alive and knocked rival Bayshore Christian out of the playoffs Tuesday with a 3-0 District 2A-5 semifinal victory at Canterbury.

    The Warriors avenged last year’s State Final Four loss to the Faith Warriors and move on to Thursday’s title game back at Canterbury. Win or lose there, Seven Rivers will advance to next week’s 2A Regionals.

  • Power play leads Bolts to 3-1 series lead

    DETROIT — Jonathan Drouin rewarded the faith and patience of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Drouin's third assist set up Ondrej Palat for the game-winning goal with 2:59 left in the third period, lifting the Lightning to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night and a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.

    Not long ago, Drouin's future with the franchise was as clear as mud.

  • Pirate softball team set for regionals

    C.J. Risak


    An unlikely scenario to some perhaps, but anyone associated with softball played in Citrus County will attest to this simple fact: A lower seed advances.

    One must go back to 2010 to find a situation when at least one of the lowest seeded county teams did not reach the regional tournament. So it’s hardly a surprise that this year Crystal River, the lowest seed in District 6A-6, reached the regional round.

  • Small in numbers, big performances

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    BROOKSVILLE — Crystal River came into Tuesday’s meet at Central with just 15 girls, yet left with an extra piece of hardware.

    Though Nature Coast’s girls ran away with the team title at the Class 2A, District 7 Meet, scoring 174 points, the Pirates scooped up the district runner-up trophy, scoring 72.

  • Timely turnaround

    LECANTO — The Crystal River baseball team rallied for seven runs in the sixth inning on Tuesday to catapult itself into the district semifinals.

    The seven-hit frame pulled the fifth-seeded Pirates from a late four-run deficit and helped lift them to a 9-6 win over No. 4 seed Lecanto in the opening round of the District 6A-6 tournament.