https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sports/rss.xml en Langworthy returns Gators to Omaha https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/langworthy-returns-gators-omaha <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cb724cb8-2722-4d94-8cdb-50bfab9626e3.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Sean Arnold</p> <p> sean.arnold@</p> <p> chieflandcitizen.com</p> <p> Austin Langworthy entered Florida&rsquo;s Gainesville Super Regional baseball series against Auburn without a home run all season in McKethan Stadium.</p> <p> But the Gator baseball team, which broke through last season with its first national championship, has lately been all about unprecedented achievements.</p> Runners, get ready https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/runners-get-ready <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8-ugly_sweater_preview4.jpg" alt="Jill Pearce (232), Linda Slagle (255), Betsy Strmiska (196) and Silvia Garcia share a few laughs as they make their way toward the finish line of the Ugly Sweater 5K." title="Jill Pearce (232), Linda Slagle (255), Betsy Strmiska (196) and Silvia Garcia share a few laughs as they make their way toward the finish line of the Ugly Sweater 5K." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Jeff Bryan</p> <p> Riverland News</p> <p> Starting out with a few threads, organizers for the Ugly Sweater 5K have woven the event into one of the more popular road races in both Marion and Citrus County the past two years.</p> Blue Springs re-opens https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/blue-springs-re-opens <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0226.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Deborah Goad</p> <p> Contributing Writer</p> <p> After months of renovation work, Blue Springs in Bronson is once again open for swimming and picnicking.</p> <p> Ten pavilions, numerous new concrete tables and benches and freshly painted restrooms with newly built changing rooms and a paved parking lot have all been added to enhance Blue Springs Park.</p> Red Devils roll in Chiefland https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/red-devils-roll-chiefland <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fb_1.jpg" alt="Williston infielder and pitcher Christian Rey hauls in a catch against Chiefland March 22. Rey earned the save on the mound in the 14-4 Red Devil win. " title="Williston infielder and pitcher Christian Rey hauls in a catch against Chiefland March 22. Rey earned the save on the mound in the 14-4 Red Devil win. " align="left" hspace="6" width="41" height="85" /><p> By Sean Arnold</p> <p> Staff Writer</p> <p> The Williston baseball team entered spring break with a head of steam, winning seven straight, capped by a 14-4 rout at Chiefland March 22.</p> <p> The Red Devils, led by former Williston skipper Jim Smith, improved to 9-2 overall and completed their regular season sweep of CMHS with the win. The club next plays at Bronson April 3.</p> <p> The Red Devils, who&rsquo;ve yet to lose to a school below Class 6A, collected 13 hits and tallied at least two runs in all but one inning against the Indians.</p> Pitching, defense lead Williston to wins https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/pitching-defense-lead-williston-wins <p> <strong>By Sean Arnold</strong></p> <p> <em>Staff writer</em></p> <p> The Williston baseball team held Chiefland and Gainesville-Buchholz to a combined two runs in back-to-back games to improve to 2-1 on the season.</p> <p> After a 2-0 season-opening loss at Class 6A Crystal River, the Red Devil pitching continued to shine as it tampered rival bats in a 3-1 home win against the Indians Feb. 23.</p> On to the semi-finals https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/semi-finals <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/leandrea_evans_filtered.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Sean Arnold/Chiefland Citizen</p> Red Devils roll in opener https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/red-devils-roll-opener <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/josiah_jones.jpg" alt="Williston junior Josiah Jones guards Chiefland point guard Jalen Rutledge Nov. 28." title="Williston junior Josiah Jones guards Chiefland point guard Jalen Rutledge Nov. 28." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Sean Arnold</p> <p> Staff writer</p> <p> The Williston boys&rsquo; basketball team got off to a sluggish start in Chiefland on offense, as it failed to net a bucket the first few minutes of play in the Nov. 28 meeting.</p> <p> But the Red Devils soon got going in a big way, eventually taking a 31-17 lead into halftime on the heels of a Josiah Jones layup at the buzzer.</p> <p> WMHS added to its advantage in the second half, securing a 58-36 win in the season opener in the CMHS gym.</p> Bad News Bears https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/bad-news-bears <p> By Travis Coleman</p> <p> Contributing Writer</p> <p> &nbsp;Last Friday, the Williston Red Devil Varsity football team took on the Dixie County Bears at Booster Stadium. The end result was not pretty however, as the Bears took home a 49-9 win in what was a dominant performance by the visiting team. The Devils have nothing to be ashamed about; the Bears have been doing this all year and will go into the state playoffs undefeated at 10-0.</p>