Hang on, local sports are about to take off

If you’re an observer of local sports (and you probably are if you’re reading this), let me just say that I hope you have enjoyed your break. After all, it’s been more than nine …

Area Calendar, Dec. 28-29

Monday, December 28 No events scheduled.   Tuesday, December 29 High School Varsity Boys Basketball Freedom Christian at Greenfield, 5 p.m. ; Wilson Christian at Halifax Academy, …
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel (10) runs with the ball as he is chased by Washington Football Team defensive back Jeremy Reaves (39) during the first half of Sunday's game  in Landover, Md.

Samuel does best McCaffrey impression in Panthers’ win

LANDOVER, Md. — With Christian McCaffrey out again, the Carolina Panthers snapped their three-game losing streak thanks to a big performance from someone who wasn’t on the radar for many …
Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward (20) shoots between Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half of a game in Charlotte on Sunday.

Hayward, Hornets hand Nets first loss of season, 106-104

CHARLOTTE — Gordon Hayward had 28 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the Brooklyn Nets their first loss of the season, 106-104 on Sunday night. Terry …
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney reacts on the sidelines during a game against Syracuse on Oct. 24  in Clemson, S.C.

CFP matchups: What will decide Tide-Irish, Tigers-Buckeyes?

The last time Alabama and Notre Dame played each other, it was a BCS championship blowout won by the Crimson Tide. The last time Clemson and Ohio State faced off — just last year — …
In this file photo from the Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, edition of The Wilson Times, Fike’s Brandon Monk puts up a 3-point shot during the Golden Demons’ 63-61 win against Beddingfield in the boys semifinals of the Farris & Farris Holiday Tournament at Hunt High.

Unbeaten Golden Demons get past Bruins, will play Hunt tonight for title

The Fike High varsity boys basketball team stayed unbeaten by holding off Beddingfield 63-61 to advance to the championship game of the Farris & Farris Holiday Tournament at Hunt. The Golden …
School Sports
Student-athlete of the week

Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Hampton Evans, Greenfield School

Hampton Evans helped his Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team make a victorious return to the court last week, making him this week’s Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete …
Guess Who?

Guess Who?

"Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the photo, please leave a comment below.
"Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the photo, …

Cyclones secure fifth place in FCA Winter Classic

MOUNT OLIVE — The Community Christian School varsity boys basketball team departed the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Winter Classic with a winning record Wednesday afternoon after senior …

Cyclones tame Heat 79-70 in Winter Classic

MOUNT OLIVE — Junior Khouri Carvey had another double-double of 33 points and 13 rebounds as sophomore point guard Anthony Speight poured in 29 points in helping the Community Christian School …
Greenfield's Matt Kirby (3) dribbles between Woodlawn School defenders Myles Williamson (21) and Hima Mohammed (1) during Tuesday's game at Greenfield. The Knights won 78-59.

Bench gives Greenfield a lift in win over Woodlawn

Perhaps a weekday afternoon start had something to do with it, but the starting five of the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team came down with another bout of early narcolepsy Tuesday …

Area Calendar, Dec. 23-24

Wednesday, December 23 Mount Olive FCA Winter Classic at UMO — Seventh-place game: DASH vs. Richlands Liberty Christian, 1:30 p.m.; Fifth-place game: Community Christian vs. Harrells …

Former Hunt High football star Josh Joyner, right, poses with fellow Hunt graduates and current business partners Megan Coleman, left, and Cecilia Coleman at their new clothing store, Raw Heat, located at Gateway Plaza. Joyner, still the Warriors’ all-time leading rusher, teaches physical education at East Garner Middle School and is working on his doctorate degree in sports management.

Former Warriors great Joyner still seizing the moment

When Josh Joyner was on his way to becoming the all-time leading rusher in the Hunt High football program, he was quick to recognize an opportunity for a yardage gain on the field. Now almost …


In this file photo from the Tuesday, Dec. 26, 1967, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, Fike High senior quarterback Lynn Daniell chose N.C. State as his college choice after deliberating over offers from North Carolina and Georgia.

Lynn Daniell State bound

      Fike High senior Lynn Daniell thought long and hard about his collegiate future, finally deciding on furthering his football career at North Carolina State …


The Life and Times Podcast, Nov. 20, 2019

A look back at the first round of the NCHSAA football playoffs, who won and who lost and what to expect in the second round as well as the high school basketball season, which is upon us.

College Sports

COVID, legislation, lawsuits signal change in college sports

Madison Square Garden workers take down the court after the NCAA college basketball games in the men's Big East Conference tournament were canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus March 12 in New York. With the virus raging in March, several conferences called off their postseason basketball tournaments, and the NCAA canceled the billion-dollar bonanza known as March Madness, proceeds from which trickle down in some form to almost every Division I school in America.
The coronavirus was only one factor in a chain of events that consumed college sports in 2020, and is poised to do more of the same in 2021 and beyond. The virus, combined with the harsh …
Barton players compete during the team’s intrasquad scrimmage Sept. 1, 2019. The Bulldogs were set to kick off their return to the gridiron for the first time since 1950 this fall before the COVID-19 pandemic pushed back the season until spring. Barton will host Erskine in the season opener Feb. 27 at Electric Supply Company Field.

Bulldogs to get a dry run with five-game spring football slate

The Barton College football program can now set its eyes on a new start date. After the NCAA elected not to hold Division II fall championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bulldogs were left …
N.C. State's Shakeel Moore (2) celebrates after a dunk during the first half of Tuesday's game against No. 17 North Carolina at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The Wolfpack won 79-76.

Daniels, N.C. State beat 17th-ranked UNC 79-76

RALEIGH — Devon Daniels and North Carolina State built a big lead against 17th-ranked rival North Carolina, only to squander most of that margin. The Wolfpack nearly did it again down the …
Community Sports
Bill Howard

Pitfalls exist with tree stands

Pitfalls exist with tree standsBy Bill HowardSpecial to the TimesIt’s nearly the end of tree stand season. I understand. Yet I am still going to write this column on tree stands.You see, a few …
Pro Sports
Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Arlington, Texas.

Amid anguish of pandemic, sports offered memorable moments

Sarah Fuller was a goalie on the Vanderbilt women's soccer team when a chance at history tapped her on the shoulder.The Commodores football team was down a kicker because of COVID-19 issues, so coach …
College Notebooks
Duke Notebook

NC State Notebook

UNC Notebook

ECU Notebook

Fike @ 50
The quiet superstar: Unassuming Crumpler the central player of Fike dynasty
Carlester Crumpler. Car-les-ter. Crump-ler. The alliterative rhythm of the name lends to the overall legend of its owner, who … Read More
Wilson Fike: State champs of the 4-A football circuit
In the end, it was just like head coach Henry Trevathan said it would for his Fike High Cyclones football team in 1969. The veteran … Read More
Plan of attack: Fike’s formations played a major role in championship seasons
Wedged among the layers that make up the remarkable tale of Fike High School’s three straight state 4-A championships in … Read More