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Today's Sports

  • Middle School girls finish strong

    The Williston Middle School Lady Red Devils got off to a slow start as they played host to the Ruth Rains Lady Rangers Monday evening. The Red Devils fell behind as the first quarter ended. A three-point second quarter basket by Jani Ross and a six-point scoring burst in the third quarter by Maria Maldonado lifted the Red Devils to a 33-21 win.

    Red Devil Coach Priscilla Fugate said, “We simply forgot how to play defense in the early going and it took us several time outs to start to play our game.”

  • Devils top Indians

    CHIEFLAND – It was a good finish to the opening week of the high school basketball season for the Williston boys.

    The Red Devils took advantage of cold free-throw shooting by Chiefland to knock off the Indians, 61-43. Chiefland missed 17 free throws in the game.

    The Red Devils pulled out to a 38-19 halftime lead, then withstood a Chiefland rally in the second half to get the win.

    Williston scored the first seven points of the game. Deonte Welch opened with a jumper off a nice pass from Isaac Floyd, Jacques Edwards hit layup and then swished a three-pointer.

  • Williston starts season 4-0

    Fort White had its eight minutes of fame. After that, it was welcome to the real world.

    Williston’s boys basketball team won its fourth straight game, all in the district, by defeating the visiting Indians, 77-37, Tuesday night.

    The schedule gets a little tougher this weekend as the Red Devils head for a three-day tournament at North Marion starting tonight, where they’ll play Ocala Vanguard at 7:30 p.m. The Friday and Saturday schedules depend on Thursday’s result.

  • 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.