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Today's Sports

  • Boys sixth in Trinity tourney

    OCALA - What really made Williston's sixth-place finish in the Papa John's boys basketball tournament at Trinity Catholic last week disappointing was the feeling of what might have been.

    The Devils lost the opening game, 58-52, to Wesley Chapel, which eventually went on to win the tournament, defeating Miami Washington and Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII for the championship.

    But in that first game the Devils came very close to a victory.

  • WHS boys turn up defensive effort

    Williston boys basketball coach David Vespignani wants his players to buy into the philosophy of playing sound defense.

    Late last week, it looked as if the plan is working.

    Rebounding from a pair of losses to Newberry and Santa Fe, the Red Devils finished fifth in the Hitchcock's Classic, defeating Leesburg and Hawthorne, thereby winning the consolation bracket.

  • Baseball team sponsors shoot-out...

    Williston High School's baseball team is sponsoring the first Red Devil Shoot-Out, Sporting Clay Shoot on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rhino Outdoors on U.S. Highway 27 outside of Williston hearing toward Ocala.

    There will be a high individual prize and high score team prize for four-person teams. There will also be a 50-50 raffle.

    Entry fee is $75 per person or $300 per team, and that includes lunch, per 100 12 ga. shot. There is an additional charge for 20 ga.

  • WYAA sets spring signups

    Spring sports registration for the Williston Youth Athletic Association will be held on four dates in January:

    Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    To register, each player will need a $75 registration fee and a copy of their birth certificate.

    Registration is for t-ball, soccer, baseball and softball. Ages are 5-6 for t-ball, 7-14 for the other sports.

    For information call Cathy 528-4487, Mari 528-4329, Troy 494-7927 or Lee 528-4563.

  • Sports calendar

    THURSDAY, DEC. 27

    High School Basketball

    Williston girls vs. Longwood Lyman, 1:30 p.m. (at Belleview tournament, first of three days)

    Williston boys vs. Wesley Chapel, 4 p.m. (at Trinity Catholic tournament, first of three days)

    SATURDAY, JAN. 5

    High School Basketball

    Williston boys vs. Orlando Bishop Moore (at Dante Anderson Memorial Shootout at Eastside, 3:30 p.m.)

    High School Soccer

    Gainesville St. Francis at Williston girls, noon

    MONDAY, JAN. 7

    High School Basketball

    Williston girls at Chiefland, 7 p.m.

  • Soccer team booted by P.K.

    Red Devil soccer fell to P.K. Yonge 6-2 on Friday night. The game was a physical match between the young Red Devil squad and the veteran Blue Wave team.

    The Red Devils' senior captain Susie Smith was out with an ankle injury, and senior captain Abby Rodriguez was out for most of the game when she hurt her knee in the first half. The young Devils struggled in the first half, going to the break down 5-0, but came back with a strong effort in the second half, scoring two goals while only allowing P.K. one score.

  • Girls split in district

    For the Williston girls, the past week produced one good district win, and another game they'd rather not talk about.

    With two starters out, the Red Devils defeated Fort White, 71-49, but then had to go to P.K. Yonge on Thursday, and the result was a 101-28 loss.

    WILLISTON 71, FORT WHITE 49: The local girls gradually pulled away from the Indians, despite the absence of Margaret Brown (injured arm) and Kim Dobbins (injured foot).

  • Win over P.K. was week's...

    Coming off a stunning win against P.K. Yonge last week, Williston High School's boys defeated Fort White on Friday night, but then saw their winning streak snapped Monday by Newberry.

    WILLISTON 57, P.K. YONGE 54: The Devils stunned the North Central Florida basketball world Thursday night with a 57-54 win over P.K. Yonge in a battle of two unbeaten teams.

    It was believed to be P.K.'s first district loss in seven years. The Blue Wave were ranked fourth in the Class 3A poll.

  • WHS boys run past Chiefland

    Trailing by two points at the end of the first quarter, Williston High School's unbeaten boys turned on the jets and smothered Chiefland, 72-37, in a district basketball game Tuesday night.

    The Indians scored the first two points of the second quarter on free throws to take a 14-10 lead, but added only three more foul shots the rest of the first half. In fact, Chiefland went nearly 14 straight minutes without a field goal as the Devils' pressure defense forced numerous turnovers.

  • Shocked Wave: WHS boys stun P.K...

    Williston High School's boys stunned the North Central Florida basketball world Thursday night with a 57-54 win over P.K. Yonge in a battle of two unbeaten teams.

    The win gave the Red Devils sole possession of first place in the regular season race in the district.

    It was believed to be P.K.'s first district loss in seven years. The Blue Wave were ranked fourth in the Class 3A poll which came out Thursday.

    When J.J. Hunt grabbed the final rebound as the buzzer went off, it triggered a wild midcourt celebration as the fans who crowded into the gym mobbed the players.