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Again: Swamp Shooters vs. Lecanto Legends

Swamp Shooter III, a benefit basketball game for the Lecanto boys and girls basketball programs, has been scheduled for 7 p.m. April 10 at the Lecanto gymnasium.

The annual game will pit the Swamp Shooters against the Lecanto Legends. The Shooters are led by former University of Florida quarterbacks Kerwin Bell and Shane Matthews and comprise former Florida football and basketball players. Bell, who plays for the Indianapolis Colts, and Matthews, who is with the Chicago Bears, are sponsoring the game through their Say No To Drugs and Stay In School programs.

The Legends are comprised of the Lecanto basketball coaching staffs and local sponsors.

"A few years ago we had a 145-143 game, so you can see a lot of defense was played," said Lecanto boys coach Chris Nichols. "But it's a lot of fun, and this is our one big fund-raiser for the year."

Nichols said the Shooters will stick around afterward to sign autographs.

The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children.

Jones, Neal top Lecanto basketball honors

Also at Lecanto, the school held its annual basketball awards banquet Wednesday night and Tanya Jones and J.D. Neal earned top girls and boys honors.

For the girls team, which was 19-14 and advanced to the regional quarterfinals, Misty Mayeu received the NBA Sportsmanship and Defensive Player of the Year awards, Tracy Field and Karen Splittgerber were given the Panther Award for leadership and dedication, and Amy McLaughlin was tabbed the Most Improved Player.

The junior varsity Coaches Award went to Carla Longanecker, Most Improved went to Audra Maggio, and Sarah Hernandez was named the team Most Valuable Player after leading it to a 13-9 record.

For the boys team that went 14-13, John Barbieri was a double winner. The sophomore center earned the NBA Sportsmanship and Most Improved Player awards, Pete Cleary won the Panther Award, Joey Cox grabbed the Defensive Player of the Year Award, and Neal was named the Offensive Player of the Year.

The Offensive Player of the Year for the 13-7 junior varsity boys was Jason Cowart, while Jimmy Moore grabbed top defensive honors.

Citrus teams sweep Central in golf

After starting its season 4-0, the Citrus girls golf team stumbled in losses to Gainesville and Hernando. But the Hurricanes bounced back in a big way Tuesday.

Behind Brittany Johnson's medalist score of 45, they routed Central 198-269, a 71-stroke win.

"We're playing pretty consistent," said first-year coach Michelle Connor. "We've dropped down below 200 two or three times now."

Johnson has led the way, but No. 2 Ronnie Thomas also has played well. Thomas, the only other Hurricane averaging under 50, shot a 49 against Central.

The Citrus boys made it a sweep by beating Central 162-173 behind medalist Cory Gibbs, who shot a 38.

Conference golf tourney set for April 18

Area coaches knew all along that Central would be hosting the boys and girls conference golf tournament, they just didn't know when. Now the date is official _ April 18 at The Dunes of Seville. Tee-off is scheduled for noon.

While Citrus coach Connor was finally glad to have a date set, it will make a busy week even more so. On April 15, the girls and boys teams are scheduled to meet Crystal River, and on the 17th, both will meet Lecanto and Ocala Forest.

"I wouldn't have scheduled two matches that week if I had known," said Connor.

The other county schools will have a busy week as well. The Crystal River boys and girls will meet South Sumter April 17, and both Lecanto teams play Dunnellon April 15, giving all six golf teams three matches in four days.

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