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Today's Sports

  • Williston boys reach tourney...

    SPARR -- The Williston boys basketball team used a big second half to demolish host North Marion, 70-39, Friday night to reach the finals of the Tim Brinkley Memorial Tournament.

    The Devils will play Lake Weir in the championship Saturday at 7:30. Lake Weir edged West Orange by one point Friday night.

    Williston had a 10-point lead at halftime Friday, and the Colts stayed close, trailing by 12 at the end of the third period.

  • Williston falls in playoffs

    North Marion scored early, got four touchdowns from Eddie Rocker, and defeated Williston, 49-7 in the Class 3A football playoffs Friday night.

    North Marion will play Dade City Pasco next Friday. Pasco defeated Gulf, 50-0, on Friday.

  • Friday Night rights: Red Devils...

    Williston football Head Coach Jamie Baker doesn't care that his Red Devils advance to the regional semifinal without having to play Nature Coast Tech. All he cares about is suiting up for another Friday night.

    "Yeah, man, we're playing!" Baker exulted Monday, as he talked about his game play.

    Williston will face North Marion, to whom they lost 21-19 on Halloween. The chance for a do-over against the Colts is irresistible to Baker.

    "We only lost by two points," he said.

  • Nature Coast loses court fight

    Nature Coast Technical High School, booted from the playoffs by the Florida High School Athletic Association, lost two appeals Friday, one to the FHSAA and the other in court.

    As a result, barring an appeal, Williston will advance to the next round next Friday.

    Nature Coast was involved in a brawl against Groveland South Lake on Nov. 7, and the fallout resulted in the Sharks' coach being suspended for six weeks, as well as one lineman, and the indefinite suspension of the entire team for last week's game, which it had to forfeit.

  • Bronson whips Maclay, 38-13

    By Kellie Parkin

    For the Pioneer

    Homecoming is always a special game but Friday night's match between the Bronson Eagles and Tallahassee's Maclay Marauders was made more sweet because it marked the milestone of head coach Al Cooksey's 100th win.

    "Winning can be done right if you just keep working," Cooksey said. "Great things happen when you work together."

    It only took four minutes to see that the Eagles brought the determined tough play that they had shown the week before to this competition against the Marauders.

  • Devils earn top spot in playoffs

    It's not very smart to do something that fires up a team that's better than you are, and when you mess up a friend of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association's district player of the year, well, you're just asking for more trouble.

    Travis Evans scored six touchdowns, including four in the first quarter, to lead Williston to a 60-27 win over Alachua Santa Fe last Friday.

  • Williston makes playoffs as...

    Williston will be in the Class 3A playoffs.

    The Devils defeated Santa Fe, 60-27, Friday night. Coupled with Dunnellon's loss to North Marion, the Devils clinched second place in the district.

    In Friday's game, Travis Evans scored six touchdowns, including five in the first half, and Courtney Days and Dalton Edwards clinched the win with long second-half runs.

  • North Marion edges Williston

    SPARR - If baseball is a game of inches, then high school football must be a game of millimeters.

    Williston came oh-so-close to a win last Friday, falling to North Marion, 21-19, in a key district game which, when over, left a lot of scenarios by which the district standings could be finalized ... which will happen Friday night.

    On that evening Williston plays host to Santa Fe in a homecoming game, while North Marion visits Dunnellon.

    Here are the possibilities:

    * If North Marion and Williston win, they finish 1-2 and will both go to the playoffs.

  • Volleyball season ends

    FORT WHITE -- Williston got by Newberry handily in the first round of the Class 2A District 5 volleyball tournament but came unsewn in the semifinal match against Ft. White. The Lady Devils beat the Panthers easily in three straight games of 25-12, 25-18, 25-20. In their second match of the night, they also matched up well against the Indians, taking the first game 25-11, but then lost three straight (16-25, 18-25, 19-25) in a bewildering letdown.

  • Bronson falls to St. Joseph

    St. Joseph junior running back Scott Jones had his right arm in a cast for his homecoming game Friday, left over from when he broke it two weeks ago. It didn't matter. The green-clad dynamo let the plaster trail as he racked up almost 270 yards on the ground and five touchdowns against his former coach. The Flashes beat Bronson 48-15.