Local Sports

  • Panther softball team tops Pirates in 7th

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — A two-run Crystal River surge in the top of the seventh inning that gave the Pirates a one-run lead was countered by a dramatic two-run Lecanto rally in the bottom half of the frame, earning the Panthers a 3-2 victory Friday in the annual Breast Cancer Awareness game at Lecanto.

  • The bat stays put

    LECANTO — A big third inning on Friday set the stage for the Crystal River baseball club’s third consecutive Joseph D. Rigney Memorial Bat Game win at Lecanto.

    The Pirates tacked on a run apiece in three straight innings after scoring three in the third, while Tyler “TV” Voland and his CRHS defense put away 13 of 15 Panthers in the final five frames for a 6-3 win. 

  • Poor start dooms Warriors

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — Bad start, good finish.

    Seven Rivers Christian scored six runs in the last three innings of its softball game against Weeki Wachee Thursday at Warrior Park, which — while good news — it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the mistakes that plagued the Warriors throughout their 15-7 loss.

  • Lecanto snaps CR's flag football run at 18 games

    David Pieklik


    CRYSTAL RIVER — They didn’t take a giant down with a stone, instead using a football to sink a ship, as Lecanto ended Crystal River’s 18-game winning streak with a 6-2 flag football win Thursday.

  • Citrus powers to regional weightlifting title

    Day 1 at River Ridge ended with Lecanto as a 2A-3 regional third-place finisher on Wednesday. Day 2 ended in a hat trick of accomplishment for Citrus High School in Class 1A Region 6 action Thursday.

    With 27 points overall, the Hurricanes were champions of their region — adding to their county crown received on March 10 and their district crown on March 23. In other words, when the pressure was on in the postseason, Citrus came to play. 

  • Pirates wrap up district runner-up finishes

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Crystal River boys and girls tennis squads punched their tickets to regionals on the third day of District 2A-7 action, as both rode to second-place finishes on a pair of finals wins on Thursday.

  • A rising storm

    Dalton Dawson’s year at the plate is emblematic of his Citrus baseball team’s steady rise.

    Since starting the spring 2 for 15, the Hurricanes’ cleanup hitter modified his approach at the plate to become more of a spray hitter. 

  • Focusing on felines

    Susan Strawbridge: Special to the Chronicle

    Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be highlighting “Florida’s Big and Little Cats” including Florida panthers and bobcats during the month of April. Two special programs and displays on Florida panthers and bobcats are planned during the month of April. 

  • 3-D masterpieces

    Gil and Wendy Watson, of Watson’s Art Gallery in Old Homosassa, have innovated a new form of art called the Watson’s 3D System.

    “We opened this gallery two years ago, and in an emerging market it’s very difficult for the arts -- because we are not in Sanibel, or St. Pete,” Watson said. “So, I started getting more and more artists on board, growing the gallery into the classes and then we developed this concept called The Watson 3D System.”

  • Parker and Lane lead Crystal River into finals

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — With far more cooperative weather on Wednesday, the Crystal River girls tennis team closed in on a potential postseason berth in the Class 2A, District 7 Tournament.