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Today's Sports

  • Final football districts...

    Remember that final version of district football assignments that came out from the Florida High School Athletic Association.

    Now there’s a “final” final version.

    Only one school changed that affected Levy County, but it affected both district contenders Williston and Chiefland.

    The Villages, previously listed as the smallest school in Class 2B and denied permission to move down, evidently got the FHSAA to change its mind.

  • Williston boys top Fort White,...

    The Williston boys have clinched a bye in the district basketball tournament and still could take first place with the best overall record.

    The Red Devils clinched the bye with a 71-30 win over Fort White last Friday, the second time this season the team has beaten the Indians by 40 or more points.

    Jacques Edwards led the scoring with 15 points, Deonte Welch had 12, Tony James had 11 with nine rebounds and James Hunt scored nine on a 4-for-5 shooting night. Isaac Floyd had eight and Paul King scored 7.

  • Williston gets new district foes

    When next football season rolls around, people will see a lot of unfamiliar opponents when district competition starts.

    Williston has been placed in Class 2B, District 4, and there doesn’t appear to be anywhere for the Red Devils to go. Four years ago they appealed and moved up a class, but this time rivals such as North Marion are two classes up.

    The seven opponents for Williston are Interlachen, Keystone Heights, Mount Dora, Newberry, Trinity Catholic, The Villages and Umatilla.

  • Comeback falls short against P.K...

    GAINESVILLE — The first half was just a little too long for the Williston boys basketball team Tuesday night. As a result, the lead built by the home team more than offset a Devil comeback attempt.

    Playing at district and regional rival P.K. Yonge, the Red Devils looked brilliant on defense until about the three-minute mark of the second quarter, when the Blue Wave went on a surge that helped carry them to a 57-48 win over Williston.

  • Williston football coach resigns

    After five good years leading the Red Devils, Williston football head coach Jamie Baker is calling it quits. In a surprise announcement Tuesday, Baker said he would be leaving the football field for the pasture to begin, or rather, reclaim a career in cattle ranching.

    “I’ve enjoyed coaching at Williston,” Baker said. “It’s as good a position as I could have had, and my decision has nothing to do with the position or the team or the people here. It was just time for a change of direction.”

  • Devils fall to Bishop Verot in...

    CAPE CORAL - Five-and-a-half seconds can seem like a very long time.

    That's how much time was on the clock when Fort Myers Bishop Verot took the ball out with the full length of the court to go, and somehow the Vikings got the ball inside the three-point line where an off-balance jumper went through and defeated Williston, 63-61, Saturday night.

  • Wright scores three as Devils win

    After a sluggish first half, Lady Devil soccer polished off visiting Hawthorne with solid 4-0 win, recalling their early season win over the Hornets. Head Coach Max Aguirre shook up the lineup by setting his defenders up front and his strikers on defense, and back line player Chelsey Wright responded with a hat trick. Cassandra Hughes scored the fourth goal.

  • Girls basketball team wins

    The Williston Lady Red Devils basketball team was at full strength and healthy for the first time in several weeks on Tuesday Jan. 13, as they hosted the Dixie County Lady Bears. The results were not good for the visiting Bears, as the Red Devils jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back in their run to a 79-44 win.

  • Devils struggle past Chiefland

    Chiefland needed a perfect game to beat Williston in basketball, but perfection’s not a dog that comes when you call. What they got, in their 58-48 loss to the state-ranked (fourth in TBO poll) Devils, was the prettiest piece of hardwood hustle the Indians have shown all season.

    Against a Red Devil team that has had up and down performances against elite teams this holiday break, the Indians brought their best defense and strongest shot choices of the year, holding Williston close and even sharing a lead until the last three minutes of the game.

  • Williston beats host Cape Coral

    CAPE CORAL -- The Williston boys basketball team made coach Dave Vespignani's return to Cape Coral High School a success.

    The Red Devils jumped out to a first-quarter lead and eased past the home team, 55-45, Friday evening.

    Vespignani came to Williston before last season from the Seahawks, where he was an assistant coach..

    Isaac Floyd led Williston with 15 points, while Paul King, with a trio of three-pointers, scored 12. Deonte Welch added 10.

    For the Seahawks, Cameron Hall scored 13, including three off-balance spectacular layups.