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Today's Sports

  • Middle School now at 7-1

    Williston Middle School's baseball team ran its record to 7-1 Monday with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Fort White.

    The win avenged the only WMS loss of the season.

    Justin Baker pitched four innings, striking out four. Austin Etheridge relieved in the fifth inning and also fanned four.

    Etheridge had a single, Max White had a triple and a single, Baker had a double, Damian Strange had two singles, and Dylan Blalock had a single.

  • A visit to the state basketball...

    Sitting at the state high school basketball championships in Lakeland last Friday, watching P.K. Yonge get swept away in the Class 3A final, I had someone next to me lean over and say, "I wonder what Williston would be thinking right now."

    I was wondering, too.

    Were it not for one bad quarter in the regional final against P.K. Yonge, that might have been Williston's boys out there playing for the title. They had worked real hard to get where they ended up, but falling behind in the first quarter of the regionals was their downfall.

  • WHS pitchers no-hit Bronson

    Maybe it wasn't pretty, but a no-hitter is a no-hitter.

    Four Williston pitchers combined for a no-hitter Friday night as the Red Devils defeated Bronson's baseball team, 10-3.

    As you might guess from Bronson's three runs, there were a few control issues, but the Devils were able to overcome the challenges.

    Brandon Scott was the starter, and he threw three innings, walking only one and striking out three. One batter reached on a throwing error.

  • WMS tops Lake Butler

    The Williston Middle School baseball team smothered Lake Butler, 17-7, in a mercy-rule five-inning game Monday.

    Max White and Bradley Jones each had a single and a triple, Justin Baker had two singles, and Trent Johnson and Justin Forsyth each had a single.

    Austin Etheridge pitched into the fourth inning and struck out six, while reliever Max White struck out four.

    The team travels to Bell today (Thursday) and visits Chiefland Friday, then returns home Monday to face Fort White, while entertaining Chiefland Tuesday.

  • Sports Calendar

    THURSDAY, FEB. 28

    High School Softball

    Williston at Newberry, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    High School Tennis

    Williston at Citrus, 4 p.m.

    FRIDAY, FEB. 29

    High School Baseball

    Williston at Newberry, 7 p.m. (JV at 4)

    High School Softball

    Gainesville at Williston, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    TUESDAY, MARCH 4

    High School Baseball

    Dixie County at Williston, 7 p.m. (JV at 4)

    High School Softball

    Williston at Chiefland, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    High School Tennis

    Citrus at Williston, 4 p.m.

    THURSDAY, MARCH 6

  • Bronson hires new coach

    Bronson High's three-month long search for a new head football coach is over.

    Enter Al Cooksey, a 60-year-old who has coached the sport many years in parts north of Levy.

    Most recently, Cooksey coached at tiny Hilliard High north of Jacksonville. He was there one year at the Class 1A school, finishing 2-8 with a squad that started eight sophomores.

    "It was a unique situation," said Cooksey, who will teach physical education at BHS. "I replaced a coach who was ill, but he got better and wanted his job back. He had been there something like 27 years. I stepped aside."

  • Memorial unveiled

    The Williston High School softball program unveiled a memorial dedicated to Ann Williams Planas, a former player who died of cancer several years ago after refusing chemotherapy because of possible damage to her unborn child. The memorial is at the field near Williston Elementary School where the girls play their home games.

  • Firefighters to sponsor golf...

    On April 12, the International Association of Firefighters Local 4069 will host a charity golf tournament to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association at Williston Highlands Golf and Country Club.

    Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and tee off is by 8:30. Continental breakfast and barbecued lunch will be provided.

    There will be prizes for first, second and last place which include cash and other items. Many prizes will be raffled off. There will also be hole prizes including longest drive, longest putt, closest to pin and hole-in-one.

  • Softball memorial dedication set

    A barbecue and memorial dedication will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Williston High School softball field adjacent to Williston Elementary School.

    The 2 p.m. memorial event, preceded by a noon barbecue, honors Ann Williams-Planas, who graduated from Williston High School in 1988, played college ball at Nicholls State in Louisiana and pitched for a women's team in professional baseball.

    She was enshrined in the Women in Baseball wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., where she donated her bat, glove and jerseys.

  • Bronson loses in regionals

    JACKSONVILLE -- For the Bronson Eagles, their 64-32 regional quarterfinal loss to Arlington Country Day was like dj vu all over again, except this year it came one round earlier, due to a shakeup in the regions by FHSAA.

    ACD are the three-time defending state champions in 2A, and last year when the Eagles played them in the Sweet 16, the Apaches had four senior McDonald's All-American nominees, including two players bound for University of Kentucky and Webber International University.