Wilson Tobs designated hitter Dusty Baker grins towards his onrushing teammates while Peninsula Pilots players exit the field at Fleming Stadium after Baker’s two-strike single to right field scored teammate Chris Meyers with the winning run in Wilson’s 7-6 victory i 10 innings Sunday night.

Tobs rally to top Pilots in 10

The Wilson Tobs gave the few fans that were allowed into Fleming Stadium a happy ending Sunday with a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Peninsula Pilots in 10 innings. It was the second straight night …
Wilson Tobs second baseman Damon Dues (40), walking back to the home dugout between innings of Friday's game against the Peninsula Pilots at Fleming Stadium, drilled a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the Pilots in Hampton, Va., giving the Tobs a 5-2 victory.

Tobs get their ‘Dues’ to snap skid

HAMPTON, Va. — A three-run home run in the ninth inning for the second straight night proved to be good enough to get the win for the Wilson Tobs in Saturday’s Coastal Plain League …
In this photo from the Monday, July 13, 1981, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, Post 13’s Chris Bradberry (2) is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a solo home run against Pitt County Post 39 in game 2 of the best-of-three series in the American Legion baseball Area I Eastern Division playoffs.

Pitt Co. eliminates Wilson

A year after winning the Area I championship, the Wilson American Legion baseball team failed to get past the Eastern Division semifinals as Pitt County Post 39 swept the best-of-three …
School Sports
Student-athlete of the week

Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Reece Nelson, Fike High

Fike High senior Reece Nelson is the Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week. Reece played four sports at Fike but was twice named to the 3-A Big East Conference …
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, …

NCHSAA debunks rumors, holds the line in Wednesday briefing

Fike's Taylor Sullivan tries to dribble past the defense of C.B. Aycock's Colby Thompson during an Aug. 27, 2019 match at Fike. Boys soccer, like the rest of fall sports under the NCHSAA banner, are in danger of being delayed or shelved entirely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Should the North Carolina High School Athletic Association ultimately decide to move its fall sports calendar to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it won’t be done solely at the behest …

Wilson County Schools moves start of fall conditioning to July 13

The opening of fall sports workouts in Wilson County Schools has been delayed one week, from July 6 to July 13. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina High School Athletic …
Longtime friends and Backyard Wrestling Club teammates Christian Decatur, left, and Aaron Bancroft will join the wrestling program at UNC Pembroke after recently signing with the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference Braves.

Quite a recruiting haul: UNCP lands state champs Bancroft, Decatur

  The wrestling program at UNC Pembroke stands to benefit greatly from a friendship forged years ago between Aaron Bancroft and Christian Decatur. The recent graduates of Fike and C.B. …
Juan Jackson, left, and his mother, the late Joan Jackson-Barnes, pose  in 2014 at her former home on Hines Street that she had turned into a local community museum. Jackson was named varsity football head coach at his alma mater, Hunt High, this week.

Jackson the right man for Hunt

The memories are still as clear as a bell for me, nearly 40 years later. I will never forget watching No. 20 in the white jersey for Hunt High shred Fike for four touchdowns (on his 17th birthday, …

In these photos from the Friday, July 11, 2014, edition of The Wilson Times, Charlie Vaughan of Fike, left, and Bobby Hampton of C.B. Aycock were named to the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association’s 3-A all-state team.

Fike’s Vaughan, CBA’s Hampton named NCBCA 3-A all-state

Rising seniors Charlie Vaughan of Fike High and Bobby Hampton of C.B. Aycock were two of the 34 players named to the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association 3-A all-state team. Hampton, the …

The Life and Times Podcast, Dec. 11, 2019

It's the state championship edition of The Life and Times Podcast as the boys discuss Southern Nash impending title game against Charlotte Catholic as well as a quick overview of what's happened so …

College Sports

Duke’s Cutcliffe pushes for uniformity in returning to workouts

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, running onto the field before a game between Miami and Duke in Durham on Nov. 30, 2019, believes there should be uniformity in college football teams returning to workouts. Duke players will return to campus Sunday while other schools held workouts in June.
Four months ago, at the start of the COVID-19 shut down, Duke coach David Cutcliffe cautioned his brethren to think about uniformity. He was concerned about schools and coaches seeking a competitive …
Wilson Tobs pitcher Dawson Smith prepares to underhand the ball to first baseman Chris Meyers to retire Peninsula Pilots’ Jake Boone, left, on a sacrifice bunt that scored a run in the top of the eighth inning of Friday’s Coastal Plain League game at Fleming Stadium. The Tobs lost 5-4.

Tobs’ rally not enough to avoid second straight loss to Pilots

Shaky defense and a dormant offense, at least until the last inning, proved to be the right formula for the first losing streak of the 2020 Coastal Plain League season for the Wilson Tobs. The …
East Carolina head baseball coach Cliff Godwin, receiving an explanation from third-base umpire Eric Goshay during the NCAA Greenville Regional championship game June 3, 2019 versus Campbell, has signed a contract extension through the 2025 season with the Pirates.

Pirates extend Godwin through 2025 season

East Carolina strengthened its commitment to head baseball coach Cliff Godwin on Thursday, extending the Greene Central High product’s contract through the conclusion of the 2025 …
Community Sports

Despite bullpen, tumultuous first inning keeps Wilson sputtering

Wilson Team Elite catcher Drew Wells awaits the arrival at home plate of Wayne County Jets outfielder Clay Matthews in the first inning of Friday's independent summer league game at Rocky Mount Academy. The baseball did not arrive in time as the Jets plated six runs in the top of the first. Wilson lost 8-4.
ROCKY MOUNT — Remove the top of the first inning, and Wilson Team Elite finds itself in a totally different position in Friday night’s independent league baseball game versus the Wayne …
Pro Sports

Limited Sportsman race for $1,200 headlines County Line lineup Saturday

A 25-lap Limited Sportsman race with $1,200 for the winner is the featured event as racing returns to County Line Raceway on Saturday, July 11. Also racing will be Late Model, Super Stock …
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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