High School Sports

  • Long-time coach retires

    Another Williston sports legend has been coaxed off the field and into the ranks of retirement.
    Robert Patterson, who spent 32 of his 35-year career at Williston High School, was honored with a party June 9, hosted by Sandra Wise.
    Simply known to all Williston High School students, athletes, and friends as “Coach P”, Patterson began his teaching and coaching career at Marianna High School where he spent his first three years before moving to Williston High School.

  • California, here they come

    Two Red Devil football players will pack their belongings and move across the United States to pursue their educations and play on the gridiron.
    Orvil Stone and Darroll Jest both signed their scholarships to play football for Ventura College in Ventura, Calif. Tuesday in the media center at Williston High School.
    Stone will enter the medical arena, studying in the pediatrics field. Jest will major in business.

  • New season, new class

    Every year beginning the first day in May, the Williston Red Devils take to the practice field to begin spring football practice.
    This season the Red Devils will be playing in a new classification that was decided following the FHSAA’s failure to allow Williston to join the new Rural Classification.
    Six hundred or  fewer students was the cut off for the new Rural League and Williston was slightly over that number.

  • Red Devils come from behind for Senior Night win

    The Williston Boys baseball team had just two seniors recognized on Senior Night before their final regular season home game of the season April 19.
    Playing host to the Vanguard Knights, Coach Jim Smith paid his congratulations to seniors DJ King and Justin Fausett.
    The game began and the Knights jumped out to an early lead and continued to score runs in the first five innings to continue to lead 11-9 after five full innings of play.

  • Stamper gives up one hit in Newberry; win 4-0

      On April 7, just one night after the Lady Red Devil softball team gave up six runs to Ft. White on five throwing errors, the team played almost a perfect game at Newberry.

    The Lady Devils got on the board in the first inning as lead off batter Crissy Rawls walked and stole second base before scoring on an Angie Wilcox single for a 1-0 lead. 

    Wilcox was then picked off at first base on a throw from the Newberry catcher. Kaitlyn Bannon then doubled with two outs, but was left stranded.

  • Red Devils hold off Indians for District win

         Despite exploding for a six run third inning against the Fort White Indians, the Red Devil baseball team took the 7-6 win down to the last out, in the last inning, on a very close play on Friday night April 8.

    The Red Devils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning after Connor Clayton drew a lead off walk, stole second base and was moved to third on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Austin Etheridge.

  • Errors and lack of hitting spoil Senior Night game for Lady Devils

    Remember back when heavy coats, blankets, gloves and even ear muffs were the wearing apparel for fans attending the opening game for the softball season in early February. Just two months later on Friday night April 15, it was shorts and shirt sleeve clothing.

    What a difference a few months make in not only the weather, but in two rival teams playing to start and end their seasons. 

  • Posters for Sale

    The WHS baseball team is selling team posters for $6. Rhonda Virden was the photographer project. For more information on how to get their poster, e-mail lorijonesmom3@yahoo.com or call 258-5998.

  • Skies open; game called in third

     Following a busy week-end tournament that saw the Lady Red Devils win three of four games, they were back in action March 29, hosting the 4A North Marion Lady Colts.
    The skies were seriously gray and overcast, and the rain was certain to come. It was just a matter of when.
    A softball game in order to be an official game must complete at least five innings. Tonight this game failed to make it past the third inning before the lightning came and the sky opened.

  • Lady Red Devils playing .500 ball

    The Lady Red Devils lost their first three district games to put themselves at the bottom of the regular season district race. They have since won three in a row to pull to .500 in the regular season district race with two games remaining. They host Ft. White on April 6, and travel to Newberry on April 7.
    The District Tournament play starts at Santa Fe on April 19, 20 and 22. If the 2011 Lady Red Devils hope to repeat their run for a state title, it will take additions to the present under manned and shortened roster.