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  • Rematch: Jackets nip Tigers in five games

    The Tuesday, Oct. 13 home volleyball match between Dunnellon High and Leesburg High was more like a reality TV show.

    Both teams gave their best shots but waited for what seemed like an eternity to find out who was voted off the island.

    In five games, Leesburg nipped Dunnellon 25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 12-25, 15-9. Leesburg had previously lost in three games to Dunnellon in the Leesburg gym.

    The game had a bipolar quality to it. There were amazing serves, hot kills and ugly serves into the net and shots that went somewhere over the rainbow but not in bounds.

  • Gainesville Eastside beats Dunnellon in three

    The Dunnellon High volleyball team had a two-game winning streak going into Thursday night’s game against Gainesville Eastside.

    Unfortunately, Eastside proved a little too powerful, downing Dunnellon 25-18, 25-12 and 25-11.

    Eastside is now 15-5 overall and 9-2 in Class 4A-District 4. Dunnellon is 6-7 overall.

  • Tigers beat Sharks, host Crystal River

    Dunnellon plays another key district game Friday, Oct 23 at 7:30 p.m. at home against Crystal River.

    Dunnellon head coach Frank Beasley took a moment after his team’s 27-23 Friday night victory at Nature Coast to contemplate what the Tigers had just accomplished.

    After suffering consecutive blowouts against the Sharks, the Tigers were the first team to defeat their district rival Nature Coast at Shark Tank Stadium since the Sharks’ regular season finale in 2007.

  • Thalacker leads, hits and sets for Tigers volleyball team

    There is a little problem with Taylor Thalacker.

    The 5-foot-8 junior hitter is a very good setter for the Dunnellon High varsity volleyball team.

    The problem is she is usually also the team’s top hitter.

    A native of Wausau, Wis., Thalacker has only lived in Dunnellon for a few years.

    She started her freshman year and has become the team’s captain and floor leader.

    She now plays club ball and is extremely valuable to the Tigers who were 3-5 after a loss to Belleview Thursday, Sept. 24.

  • After homecoming win Tigers eye Citrus

    Dunnellon hosts Citrus on Friday, Oct. 9 after savoring a hard-fought homecoming win over Hernando last week.

    A late score. A defensive stand. A final, excruciatingly slow possession to run out the clock.

    All commonplace events in many a close game, and all occurred late last Friday night on Ned Love Field as Dunnellon pulled out a grindhouse district matchup win over Hernando, 23-16.

  • Jazz Up Dunnellon on Saturday

    After weeks of planning and some controversy, the 11th annual Jazz Up Dunnellon festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10.

    Organizers say the event is shaping up with a tentative schedule of times and locations for performers and activities.

    But it will be different this year, as the east side of Pennsylvania Ave. will be a no alcohol “dry” zone, regarding open containers on the street. And West Dunnellon, the “wet” side will be partially closed to traffic.

  • Dunnellon faces Hernando for Homecoming

    Friday, Oct 2 is Homecoming at Dunnellon High School as the Tigers face Hernando at 7:30 p.m.

    Dunnellon coach Frank Beasley knows the season is a rollercoaster and good teams can win on nights they don’t play their best.

    The Tigers faced one of those nights, but managed to shut out Eustis 27-0 to open district play on the road last Friday.

    “We had to grind it out tonight,” Beasley said. “(Eustis) is a tough place to play.”

    “We were sloppy in some areas, but we’ll improve,” he added.

  • Parade builds support for DHS Homecoming game Friday

    Friday, Oct 2 is Homecoming at Dunnellon High School as the Tigers face Hernando at 7:30 p.m. There will be a barbecue before the game. The community got involved with Homecoming activities Wednesday afternoon with the annual parade through Dunnellon’s Historic District.

  • West Port tops Dunnellon in three

    Maybe, the Dunnellon High volleyball team feels like Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day.

    The Tigers (3-6 overall and 1-3 in district play) lost 25-19, 25-18, 25-19 to West Port (4-4, 1-2) in a district match Monday, Sept. 28 at the West Port gym.

    The Tigers seemed to be close in ability to West Port but Dunnellon had problems with too many serves hit into the net.

    Can’t trust that Monday.

    Hitter Dallas Townes had a strong game with eight kills, a block and three aces. Tamika Smith added four kills and three blocks.

  • Free resigns; Black moved up

    It will be business as usual at Dunnellon Police Department under Interim Chief Joanne Black.

    Dunnellon City Manager Lisa Algiere announced last Friday afternoon that Police Chief Roger Free had resigned and she had appointed Sgt. Joanne Black as his interim replacement.

    “I’m sure it was for personal reasons,” said Algiere, though there was no official explanation given for the resignation.

    Free had been selected for the position in March 2008, replacing Chief Robert Jackson, who had been on the force for 20 years.