Today's Sports

  • Cooler weather will bring better...

    By Capt. Brylee

    Special to the Pioneer

    Sept. 21 marks the last day of summer. The cooler air and subtle weather changes will start to become more and more noticeable and with the hot summer we have had, they are much welcome.

     The Florida sun will start to entertain us less and less as autumn continues creating cooler waters and better fishing. 

    Both off-shore and in-shore production should increase as this happens.

  • Rough seas make off shore...

    By Capt. Brylee

    Special to the Pioneer

    Afternoon thunderstorms and rough seas have made off shore fishing next to impossible these past few weeks.

    If you can find a day that weather is favorable long enough for an offshore trip, you will find the fish are out there. The question is–can you make it out there and back safely? 

    With the weather being as it is, inshore fishing will be easier to find times that will allow you to fish. Red fish and trout are hitting well on live shrimp, pin fish and jigs.

  • Hijacked

    It was a steamy night in Pirate Country as the Red Devils traveled to Crystal River following their season opening win over PK Yonge. 

    The Pirates wasted little time getting on the score board Sept. 7, as they returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was good, giving the Pirates a 7-0 lead, on their way to a 48-21 win. 

    The Red Devils did little to help themselves following a quick turnover deep in Pirate territory, as they fumbled the second play from scrimmage giving the football back to the Pirates.

  • Lady Red Devils fall in home...

    Following a great performance in the Slam Jam Tournament and two district road games the Lady Red Devils opened their first home game of the season. The Lady Red Devils hosted the Keystone Lady Indians Sept. 6 in the newly renovated Williston Gym. 

    The Lady Red Devils entered the game at 1-1 with a district win over Dixie County and a district loss at Santa Fe. 

    Coming in to this district match the Lady Indians were 1-0. 

  • Season opening win

    With a short roster of just 24 players and at least six starters nursing nagging injuries from ankles to concussions to hand injuries, the Red Devils traveled to PK Yonge on Aug. 31.

    The Red Devil defense took just 10 seconds to record their first turnover of the season. Following a kickoff by Jorge Deciderio, Red Devil Tyus Williams recovered the Blue Wave’s fumble on the attempted return.

  • Lady Red Devils dominate Jam...

    The Newberry volleyball tournament was held Aug. 23 at the Newberry Gym.
    The Williston Lady Red Devils won both their matches in two games each in the best of three matches.
    The Lady Devils were led in game one against the Dixie County Lady Bears by a host of players.
    Morgan Vanasco lifted the Lady Devils to a 9-3 lead with her serves and the team never looked back on their way to a 25-20 win.

  • Red Devils take 20-19 Fall...

    It wasn't their best game, and several players played with nicks and dings, but the heart of the 2012 Williston Red Devil football team members showed through Aug. 24 as they traveled to Fernandina Beach.
    It was a first quarter that saw both the Red Devils and Pirates unable to get their offenses moving.
    The first quarter ended in a 0-0 tie.
    The Red Devils began to click midway through the second quarter as quarterback David Heinkel hit Damien Strange with a 62-yard touchdown pass.

  • Pier Fishing

    By Capt. Brylee
    Special to the Pioneer

    Hurricane Isaac has ripped through the Gulf this past week and made fishing nearly impossible. Both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have felt the impact of high winds and rains. Small boat advisories have plagued boaters’ news headlines as the seas have been rough.
    With many of the beaches closed and charter fishing for the most part non-existent, or at best not advised, many have tried their angling skills at the piers.

  • Backwater fishing is at its best

    By Capt. Brylee

    Special to the Pioneer

    The recent increase in rains have created a fresh water fisher’s haven. The rivers, lakes,and ponds have taken more water lately than in previous months. The Suwannee River has overflowed into most every spring through Levy County and the smaller rivers have done the same.

  • Snookered

     By Capt. Brylee
    Special to the Pioneer

    The weather has begun to give us our normal Florida summer weather. The rains each afternoon create the barometric pressure to rise and fall most of the day. This poses well for anglers both saltwater and fresh.
    While rising and falling barometric pressures increase fish productivity don’t forget to find the three musts to locating the fish; food, structure and comfort.