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Sophomore girl leads Crystal River golf win

Sophomore Tricia Laxton led the Crystal River boys golf team to aseason-opening win over defending District 5 champion Wildwood on Tuesday, 166-205.

Laxton, who normally contributes to the Pirates' girls team, shot a 37 and tied Wildwood's Jon Wallace for medalist honors in the 9-hole match.

Senior Chad Laxton, Tricia's brother, added a 38 for Crystal River.

"One of our boys had the flu, and another kid was out of town on a field trip," Crystal River coach Earl Bramlett said in explaining why Tricia Laxton played in the match.

"We needed a boost and she came through for us."

Keith Brown (43) and Jason Hill (48) completed the Pirates' scoring.

Crystal River's boys entertain Citrus and Lake Weir in a tri-match on Tuesday.

The Pirates girl open their season at home Feb. 23 against Lecanto.

'Canes thwarted Pirates' high scorer

CRYSTAL RIVER - Citrus High boys basketball coach Glen Sykes found a way to keep Crystal River senior Sandy Weaver, the top scorer in the Citrus County area, under control for one half of a game Tuesday night.

"We went to a diamond-and-one and put Lance (Powers) on him," Sykes said. "Lance is not real quick, but he matches up well size-wise with Weaver.

"I had a suspicion they'd do something different in the second half, so we went with what I call our LSU defense most of the way. We played man on one side and zone on the other, until near the end when we went man-to-man because I didn't want to give Weaver the three-point shot."

The Hurricanes withstood a second-half charge by Weaver and won 52-48.

Weaver, who entered the game with a 22.1-point scoring average, hit a three-point shot late in the second quarter for his only points of the first half, and that basket came on a defensive switch. The Pirates standout collected five buckets in the third period and finished with 17 points.

Darby Road Race is March 4

SAN ANTONIO - The 10th annual Darby Road Race will be held on March 4 in San Antonio.

The veterans (35-older) have their 15-mile race starting at 11 a.m. Juniors (15-older), run 28 miles starting at 11:10 a.m. Both the 14-under and 12-under races are scheduled to start at 11:20 a.m. The professional class race (80 miles) will start at 1 p.m. and the women's race at 1:10 p.m. Last year's winners were Alan Miller, of New Zealand, in the men's class, and Jeanne Golay in the women's class. For further information, call James Pavek at (904) 588-3030.

Boyko beats Shooters with 5 goals

HUDSON - Five goals by Billy Boyko carried the Under-8 Hot Spurs to a 5-0 victory over the Shooters in the Hudson Youth Soccer League on Saturday.

In other Under-8 games, Matthew Cox had a hat trick as the Cosmos beat United 6-1. Kevin Dunwoody added two scores for the Cosmos. The Chargers downed the Challengers 5-0 on goals by Jason Meyers, Daniel Meyers and Luke Egbert.

Jimmy Daley scored twice as Footloose shutout the Racers 4-0 in Under-10 play. Mikey Marotta and Kerri Rulison also scored for Footloose. Also, the Saints dropped a 4-2 loss to the Warriors.

In the Under-12 division, Mike Grant had both goals in the Express' 2-0 victory over the Sidekicks while the Mustangs edged the Sting 2-1.

The Under-14 Raiders raised their record to 10-0 with a 4-2 win over Central Pasco. Brian Strutz booted two goals for the Raiders.

Sprain no hindrance to Citrus wrestler

SPRING HILL - An ankle sprain was the last thing Doug Jensen needed before Saturday's Class 3A, District 7 high school wrestling tournament, but it didn't stop him from winning the 140-pound weight division.

Three days before the tournament, Jensen turned his ankle while running. It was sore all day Saturday, but the Citrus High standout nevertheless beat Frank Holloway of Pasco 16-1, pinned Hernando High's Jessie Owens in 46 seconds and defeated Springstead's Ken Ranfone 22-4 to earn his district title.

"I've had to baby it," Jensen (26-0) said of the ankle, "but I made through all right."

Rather than rest before this weekend's Region 3A-II tournament at

Auburndale, Jensen vowed to train harder than before the district.

"It kind of woke me up," he said of a slow start against Ranfone. "I learned I've got to work extra hard in practice, I have to get in better shape, I have to work on my moves and I have to improve my overall wrestling."

Strategy change helped make for upset

SPRING HILL - A little bit of homework went a long way for Ty Schoenig of Zephyrhills during Saturday's Class 3A, District 7 high school wrestling tournament.

Schoenig, seeded second in the 145-pound weight division, figured to meet top-seeded and previously undefeated Jack Dolan of Springstead in the tourney's championship round. He was right.

Twice this season, Dolan had beaten Schoenig. So this time, Zephyrhills coach Tom Feely had Schoenig work on a different way to square off with Dolan, wrestling from a low-to-the-ground starting position unseen in previous matches.

"I figured it might confuse him," said Schoenig, a senior who improved to 21-3, "and it did."

The top four finishers in each weight class qualified for this weekend's regional tournament at Auburndale.

SPRING HILL - Familiarity proved beneficial for at least three Springstead High wrestlers during Saturday's Class 3A, District 7 tournament, but meeting a stranger turned out to be just as rewarding for yet another Eagle.

Here are there individual stories: "He's always just as tough - every single time," 130-pound district champion John Lane said of Hernando High's Dell Holland, whom Lane beat 11-4 for the title.

Lane said he has met Holland six times in their high school careers and won all six matches.

"He's beat me once and I beat him once this season, so I really wanted this one," Springstead's Dave Serna said of Citrus' Chris Rubino, who fell 9-7 to Serna in the 160-pound title match. "I wrestled smart this time. The first two times I made stupid mistakes I shouldn't have, like going to my back too easily and letting him up when I shouldn't have."

"I thought I wrestled a little better this time, shutting him out like that," Springstead's Doug Housel said of Zephyrhills' Dave Summey, a 10-0 Housel victim in the 220-pound championship match. "Last time we wrestled he scored five points on me, so I tried to not let him score this time."

Jason Gennaro of Springstead, meanwhile, met Bobby Willoughby of Crystal River for the first time in the championship round of the 189-pound weight class.

"It's kind of a disadvantage, because I didn't know what he was going to do," said Gennaro, a 4-3 winner, "but it's more of an advantage, because sometimes when I lose to somebody and know how good they are I get kind of scared the next time I wrestle them."

The top four finishers in each weight class qualified for this weekend's regional tournament at Auburndale.

SPRING HILL - Trey Gordon of Hudson High knew he would not have an easy time with Pasco's Tim Maple in their 119-pound championship match at Saturday's Class 3A, District 7 high school wrestling tournament.

"I wasn't really expecting to blow him out," Gordon said.

But the Cobra senior also was not expecting to wrestle what he said was the longest match of his life.

Tied 5-5 after three two-minute regulation periods, Gordon and Maple squared off for three one-minute overtime periods. Gordon emerged a 9-5 winner, picking up one point for an escape and three back points with a cradle.

"I started slow and stayed that way practically the whole match," said Gordon (15-0). "But I started figuring out what to what at the end."

And what was that?

"Get off my butt and move," Gordon said.