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Today's Sports

  • Win over Vanguard started big...

    SPARR - It was a good way to make an opening statement at the Tim Brinkley Memorial Tournament last week.

    Williston’s boys came out and led all the way in defeating Ocala Vanguard, 71-59.

    Jacques Edwards led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Isaac Floyd with a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) and James Hunt with 13 points. Deonte Welch contributed nine points and nine assists.

  • WHS reached finals by topping...

    SPARR - After three quarters, it appeared that Williston had finally had enough.

    The boys basketball team was engaged in a battle with host North Marion in the Tim Brinkley Memorial Tournament and had pulled to a hard-fought 12-point lead going into the final eight minutes.

    But then the Devils exploded, outscoring the Colts 24-5 in the final quarter to take a 70-39 win in the tournament semifinals.

    At the beginning of the period North Marion made the score even closer, scoring the first bucket to make it 46-36.

  • Middle School boys win in two...

    The Williston Middle School boys basketball team ran the gauntlet Monday night as it hosted the Ruth Rains Rangers. The Red Devils went from a cold-shooting first quarter to a dominating double overtime win, 45-39, before a screaming crowd at the Middle School gym.

    After a cold shooting first quarter the Red Devils ended the quarter trailing 9-6. The defense stepped up in the second quarter of play and held the Rangers to just one basket as the Red Devils, behind a six-point performance by Tre Wilson, jumped ahead of the Rangers 15-11, as the first half came to an end.

  • 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.