http://www.chronicleonline.com/sports/rss.xml en Pirates come up short http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/pirates-come-short <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0428_b1_sotball_1.jpg" alt="Crystal River’s Alyssa Hamilton narrowly avoids the tag as she safely approaches third base and later scored Thursday night in the District 6A-6 softball championship game at Crystal River High School. The Pirates fell 7-6 to the Eagles." title="Crystal River’s Alyssa Hamilton narrowly avoids the tag as she safely approaches third base and later scored Thursday night in the District 6A-6 softball championship game at Crystal River High School. The Pirates fell 7-6 to the Eagles." align="left" hspace="6" width="75" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>C.J. Risak:&nbsp;</strong><em>Correspondent</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> CRYSTAL RIVER &mdash; Crystal River had chances in this match-up. In fact, more than one. But in the end, the Pirates didn&rsquo;t have quite enough to reach their goal:</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Winning a district softball championship.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Several athletes advance to states http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/several-athletes-advance-states <div id="cke_pastebin"> Chronicle</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Thursday was a busy for track and field athletes throughout Florida with several FHSAA regional meets taking place &mdash;two of which featured plenty of Citrus County talent.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Both Citrus and Crystal River High School had a good showing in Orlando at Lakeland Highland Prep for the 2A-2 meet, advancing athletes in nine events total between the two schools in the boys and girls divisions.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> ‘On the cusp’ http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/%E2%80%98-cusp%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0429_sp_b1_thomasson_track_raw_for_web.jpg" alt="Lecanto’s Alexandra Thomasson competes in the triple jump March 28 at the crystal River Track Invitational. The Panther is looking for a return trip to the state meet when she competes in a Class 3A Regional Meet today at George Jenkins High School." title="Lecanto’s Alexandra Thomasson competes in the triple jump March 28 at the crystal River Track Invitational. The Panther is looking for a return trip to the state meet when she competes in a Class 3A Regional Meet today at George Jenkins High School." align="left" hspace="6" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> C.J. Risak</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Correspondent</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Only a couple left.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> For Lecanto&rsquo;s Ally Thomasson, that&rsquo;s all that remains &mdash; two more track meets. She competes this morning in the Class 3A, Region 2 meet hosted by George Jenkins HS in Lakeland, trying to secure a berth in the 3A State Meet.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Despite end result, hard work pays off for ’Canes http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/despite-end-result-hard-work-pays-%E2%80%99canes <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0427_sp_b1_dodd_59.jpg" alt="Citrus senior Natalie Dodd returns a shot during singles play Wednesday at the FHSAA Class 2A State Tennis Finals at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford." title="Citrus senior Natalie Dodd returns a shot during singles play Wednesday at the FHSAA Class 2A State Tennis Finals at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford." align="left" hspace="6" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> SANFORD &mdash; A pair of Citrus High School senior tennis players went out with their rackets swinging at the FHSAA Class 2A State Tennis Finals on Wednesday at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Natalie Dodd reached the final tournament of the season in singles and was joined later in the day by teammate Chase Davis in doubles play.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Pirates revel in state meet experience http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/pirates-revel-state-meet-experience <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0427_sp_b1_grant_81.jpg" alt="Ryan Grant of Crystal River hustles Wednesday to make a play on the ball during doubles action against Bolles at the FHSAA Class 2A Team State Finals at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry." title="Ryan Grant of Crystal River hustles Wednesday to make a play on the ball during doubles action against Bolles at the FHSAA Class 2A Team State Finals at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry." align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> CASSELBERRY &mdash; Even though it was a rough day score-wise for the Crystal River boys tennis team, you couldn&rsquo;t take the smile off the faces of the players, coaches and fans before, during or after the FHSAA Class 2A Team State Finals held Wednesday at Red Bug Lake Park.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Pirates lost 4-0 to a powerful Bolles program, but the result was secondary to the experience of becoming the first boys tennis team from the school to make it this far.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Crystal River takes down Dunnellon in semifinals http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/crystal-river-takes-down-dunnellon-semifinals <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0426_sp_b1_mack_96.jpg" alt="Crystal River senior Alexa Mack watches the flight of the ball after making solid contact in the first inning Tuesday night at home against Dunnellon in a District 6A-6 semifinal game. This ball was caught for a line-drive out, but the Pirate bats did plenty of damage in a 6-4 victory." title="Crystal River senior Alexa Mack watches the flight of the ball after making solid contact in the first inning Tuesday night at home against Dunnellon in a District 6A-6 semifinal game. This ball was caught for a line-drive out, but the Pirate bats did plenty of damage in a 6-4 victory." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p dir="ltr"> <span lang="EN">C.J. Risak</span></p> <p dir="ltr"> <span lang="EN"><font face="Galliard-Bdi" size="2"><font face="Galliard-Bdi" size="2">Correspondent</font></font></span></p> <p align="justify" dir="ltr"> <span lang="EN"><font face="News705-B" size="2"><font face="News705-B" size="2">CRYSTAL RIVER &mdash; The pitching was there and so were the key hits that gave Crystal River the lead in its District 6A-6 Tournament softball semifinal Thursday against Dunnellon. But in the final analysis, it was defense that provided the difference.</font></font></span></p> Lecanto’s bats silenced in semis http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/lecanto%E2%80%99s-bats-silenced-semis <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0426_sp_b1_schuler_geier_28.jpg" alt="Lecanto’s Aleyese Geier, right, comforts teammate and starting pitcher Rebecca Schuler after Springstead scored in the first inning of Tuesday night’s District 6A-6 semifinal game in Crystal River. The Eagles advanced with a 6-0 victory." title="Lecanto’s Aleyese Geier, right, comforts teammate and starting pitcher Rebecca Schuler after Springstead scored in the first inning of Tuesday night’s District 6A-6 semifinal game in Crystal River. The Eagles advanced with a 6-0 victory." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p dir="ltr"> <span lang="EN">Chris Bernhardt Jr.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"> <span lang="EN"><font face="Galliard-Bdi" size="2"><font face="Galliard-Bdi" size="2">Correspondent</font></font></span></p> <p align="justify" dir="ltr"> <span lang="EN"><font face="News705-B" size="2"><font face="News705-B" size="2">CRYSTAL RIVER &mdash; Robert Dupler had a very simple explanation for his team&rsquo;s downfall in Tuesday&rsquo;s Class 6A, District 6 Tournament semifinals.</font></font></span></p> Canterbury closes out season for Warriors, 6-1 http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/canterbury-closes-out-season-warriors-6-1 <p dir="ltr"> <span lang="EN">Andy Villamarzo</span></p> <p dir="ltr"> <span lang="EN"><font face="Galliard-Bdi" size="2"><font face="Galliard-Bdi" size="2">Correspondent</font></font></span></p> <p align="justify" dir="ltr"> <span lang="EN"><font face="News705-B" size="2"><font face="News705-B" size="2">ST. PETERSBURG &mdash; Seven Rivers softball coach Gary Dreyer vowed that his team wouldn&rsquo;t play like it did the last time they faced Canterbury, which ended up being a 10-0 loss. </font></font></span></p>