http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sports/rss.xml/sports/rss.xml en Devils slashed by Panthers for first loss http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/devils-slashed-panthers-first-loss <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_dsc4756.jpg" alt="Jermon Collins makes a punishing tackle last Friday during the Red Devils&#039; battle against the Newberry Panthers. The team worked together to try to stymie one of the premier offenses in Florida high school football, but still came up on the losing side." title="Jermon Collins makes a punishing tackle last Friday during the Red Devils&#039; battle against the Newberry Panthers. The team worked together to try to stymie one of the premier offenses in Florida high school football, but still came up on the losing side." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> <b>By Travis Coleman</b></p> <p class="p2"> Contributing Writer</p> <p class="p3"> The Williston Red Devils varsity football team succumbed to a very good Newberry Panther team last Friday night, losing by a score of 30-14.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> The Panthers were able to effectively run the ball on a night that the Devils could get nothing going on offense after the first quarter. The game, while a loss, showed that the Devils have what it takes to compete with the area&#39;s best teams.&nbsp;</p> Football is here http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/football-here <p> &nbsp;<b style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Sean Arnold</b></p> <p class="p2"> Staff Writer</p> <p class="p3"> Monticello-Jefferson County Tigers (6-5 in 2015) at Chiefland Indians (5-5 in 2015), 7:30 p.m.</p> <p class="p3"> After months of summer workouts followed by a grueling fall camp, high school football players finally get an opportunity to show off their hard work under the lights tonight against someone wearing an opposing jersey.&nbsp;</p> Hiers signs with the Fighting Owls http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/hiers-signs-fighting-owls <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aliza11.jpg" alt="Fighting Owls&#039; Assistant Coach Maddie Hewitt, Aliza Hiers and Head Coach Will Wheeler" title="Fighting Owls&#039; Assistant Coach Maddie Hewitt, Aliza Hiers and Head Coach Will Wheeler" align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Aliza Hiers has signed an athletic scholarship with Harford Community College, a D1, NJCAA school in Bel Air, Md.</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"> Under Coach Will Wheeler, Harford finished 19-12 in the 2015-16 season and second in its conference.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> &nbsp;After looking at several options, Hiers chose Harford as a &ldquo;best fit&rdquo; for her future in volleyball.</p> Maguire keeps stock car racing’s heyday alive http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/maguire-keeps-stock-car-racing%E2%80%99s-heyday-alive <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rick_maguire_33.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<b style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Sean Arnold</b></p> <p class="p2"> Walking into Rick Maguire&rsquo;s office at Maguire&rsquo;s Auto Repair in Williston feels a little bit like visiting a wing of a Florida stock car racing museum.</p> <p class="p2"> Among a strew of typical auto shop items, there are framed photos of renowned drivers, like Bobby Allison, as well as a personal collection of photos documenting Maguire&rsquo;s and his late father&rsquo;s racing past.</p> Devils tame Panthers for second win http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/devils-tame-panthers-second-win <p> &nbsp;<b style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Travis Coleman</b></p> <p class="p2"> <span class="s1">C</span>ontributing <span class="s1">W</span>riter</p> <p class="p3"> On Friday, Sept. 9, the Williston varsity football team earned a win over the Lecanto Panthers, by a score of 22-13.</p> <p class="p3"> The game was a defensive battle throughout the night in Lecanto, both teams matching each other blow for blow on the non-glamorous side of the ball. Williston would manage some much needed offense in the second half to get the W.</p> WHS looks good in pre-season game http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/whs-looks-good-pre-season-game <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/footballonfieldhc1610_x_300_c_y.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <b>By Tyler Hass</b></p> <p class="p2"> Contributing Writer</p> <p class="p3"> Football is here, folks, and Williston&#39;s Big Red played its preseason game last Friday against the Dunnellon Tigers.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> The varsity squad played the first three quarters and junior varsity players got an early taste of the Friday night lights to close out the game in the fourth.&nbsp;</p> Bronson goes independent to rebuild http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/bronson-goes-independent-rebuild <p> &nbsp;<b style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Sean Arnold</b></p> <p class="p2"> The Bronson football team won&rsquo;t be in a district for the upcoming season.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"> The Eagles have pulled out of District 1A-7, which includes Chiefland, Williston, Newberry, Branford, Dixie County and reigning state champion Trenton.</p> <p class="p2"> Head coach Curtis Stacy says the move was made to give Bronson a schedule that&rsquo;s a more competitive fit for the program as it goes through a rebuilding process.</p> Turning it around http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/turning-it-around <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/curtis_stacy_light.jpg" alt="Curtis Stacy" title="Curtis Stacy" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<b style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Sean Arnold</b></p> <p class="p2"> Tough times were ahead for the Bronson football program at this time last year.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"> Despite coming off back-to-back non-losing seasons for the first time in 10 years, it was dealt a series of offseason blows, culminating in the departure of its head coach on the first day of football practice, that would lead to a 0-10 fall campaign.</p>