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High School Sports

  • Baseball bats are warming up

    By Lori Jones
    Special to the Pioneer

    While this holiday season may find you returning Christmas presents, taking down decorations, or making those New Year’s resolutions (again), the WHS baseball  players, Coach Scott Hall and the Baseball Boosters have been working overtime to make their high school “field of dreams” a reality.

  • Lady Red Devils down Keystone Heights

    Monday night, the Lady Red Devils took the court against district foe Keystone Heights.
    Unexpectedly, Ericka Floyd, sister to Isaac Floyd who died in a tragic accident three days earlier, showed up to join her teammates for the game.
    The Lady Red Devils said to a player, “We want to score 47 points tonight in memory of Isaac.”
    Floyd wore jersey 3 and switched to number 44 his senior season on the Red Devil Boys basketball team.
     “Add 3 and 44 and you get 47,” head coach Becky Hilty, said following the game.

  • Red Devils move into district play

    The Williston Red Devils traveled to Santa Fe Dec. 15 to face district foe Santa Fe.
    The Red Devils, behind 18 points by both Tre Wilson and Deterion Ross and a 14-point effort by Damien Strange, took the Raiders down 74-55 to remain undefeated in district play.
    The Red Devils are 6-1 overall and 3-0 in district play.
    The Red Devils will host Lake Highland Prep on Saturday, Dec. 17, which will be their last game until Dec. 26, following the Christmas holiday, when they will play in the Kingdom of the Sun Tournament at Vanguard High School in Ocala.

  • Bronson, Chiefland football coaches resign

    Chiefland and Bronson high schools, whose football teams and the coaches have faced challenging years, are looking for new coaches.
    CHS Principal Bill Tovine confirmed on Dec. 16 that football coach Jim O’Neal has resigned as coach but will be staying on in a teaching position.  The position will be posted, Tovine said.
    Bronson High coach Al Cooksey made the announcement of his departure at the Football Banquet on Dec. 15.

  • Brandon Preston selected to Border War Game

    He had a tremendous season at running back at a small Florida school. But Brandon Preston was selected by area Football Coaches to be on the Florida team that faces Georgia players in the annual Border War Game.
    Preston who is one of the fastest runners in North Central Florida, will get a opportunity to get additional looks from college recruiters playing in the January 21, 2012 game in Valdosta Georgia.
    The Williston Red Devil senior ran for over 1100 yards in less than 75 carries this past season.

  • Lady Red Devils off to slow season start

     After opening their 2011-12 basketball season Nov. 16 at PK Yonge with a disappointing 68-17 loss to the Blue Wave, the Red Devils returned home on  Nov. 17 to take on district neighbor Newberry.
    The Lady Panthers were coming off an earlier loss at Gainesville High by a slim 15-point margin.
    The Lady Panthers were ready to find the winning track as they jumped out to a quick 11-0 lead over the Lady Red Devils and never looked back.

  • Red Devils lose two on the road

      The 2011-12 Red Devils boys’ basketball team opened its season on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Gainesville High School when they took on the Buchholz Bobcats.
    The Red Devils held a lead at halftime but had a bad third quarter and fell to the Bobcats 65-61.
    On Friday night the Red Devils traveled to Buchholz High School to play PK Yonge. Again the Red Devils suffered through a bad third quarter and fell to the Blue Wave 104-97.

  • Red Devils watch 10 point lead disappear

    The skill and athleticism is there, and Halloween is over, but something seems to always haunt the Williston Red Devils when they take on the Dixie County Bears.
    This year was no different, as the Red Devils fought back to answer the Bears in the first half  to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter on a Brandon Preston 36-yard touchdown run.
    As the second quarter got under way, both teams stopped themselves with turnovers and penalties. The Bears were whistled for 4 face mask penalties in the tightly contested and hard hitting first half.

  • Rea Samuels: Diamond in the rough

    Walking the halls of Williston High School the last four years and excelling in the class room, as well as on the volleyball court and Lady Red Devil track and field team, has been a little known young lady named Rea Samuels.
    Rea is a quiet young lady, who goes about her daily routines excelling in her school work as she prepares for her future following her graduation in 2012. Rea maintains a 3.87 GPA and is taking several college level classes in English and statistics.

  • Red Devils fall to No. 1 Union County

    On Friday night Oct. 28, the Williston Red Devils traveled to the No. 1 State ranked Union County Tigers at Lake Butler.
    The Red Devils showed up strong in the first quarter after the Tigers took the opening kickoff and drove in the end zone from 24 yards out. The Tigers jumped to a 7-0 lead and made it look like it would be a long night for Red Devil fans.
    The Red Devil defense held the Tigers to a fourth down and five at their 15- yard line forcing a field goal try by the Tigers. The 28- yard kick went wide right as the score remained 7-0.