Bulldogs ‘ready to play’

Barton head coach Jim Chester, with his team before the start of a game April 6 against Erskine at Fleming Stadium, has orchestrated a program turnaround in his second season. The Bulldogs, 12-36 a year ago, have won 30 games and are the No. 2 seed for the Conference Carolinas tournament, heading into their second-round matchup against No. 5 Belmont Abbey on Thursday in Tigerville, S.C.
For the first time since 2017, the Barton College baseball team is appearing in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas tournament. Projected to finish seventh among 10 league members in the …

Barton’s Chase Riker (4) runs to third base during a game Feb. 19 at Nixon Field, as emerged as an offensive force of late for the Bulldogs as they head into the Conference Carolinas tournament as the No. 2 seed.

Chasing a dream

From the obscure role of scouting and tracking and charting his team’s hitters, senior first baseman Chase Riker is flirting with a storybook ending to his three-year Barton College baseball …

School Sports
Student-athlete of the week

Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Garrett Johnson, Hunt High

Garrett Johnson led his Hunt High boys golf team to the Wilson County Championship last week, making him this week’s Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week. Garrett, a junior, …
Life and Times Podcast

Life and Times April 19, 2019

Sports editor Paul Durham Staff writer Jimmy Lewis and host Kai Jones go on the clock to talk about the Scott Jones Memorial Classic, the Golden Leaf Invitational and the All-Area Basketball team.
Guess Who?

Guess Who?

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

‘Rusty’ Knights no match for unbeaten Wayne Country Day

Greenfield sophomore Frankie Peele returns a shot in his singles match against Max Young of Wayne Country Day in Wednesday’s 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference showdown at Greenfield. The Knights lost 9-0.
After a week out of school and longer off the court, the Greenfield School boys tennis team could not withstand its undefeated 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference archrival Wayne Country …
Fike defeated South Granville 12-2 in five innings Tuesday night at Fleming Stadium to finish 3-0 and win the 2019 Golden Leaf Invitational. Team members are, front from left, Ethan Williams, Colton Moats, Tyler Batten, Bryan Bunn, Noah Joyner, Tyler Gurganus and Taylor Sullivan. Back row: Myles Cyrus, manager Jaylen Ward, Mason Lee, Tanner Sullivan, Connor Jinks, Hunter Stokely, Zach Pittman, Chad Bean and Garrett Browder.

Format confounds but Golden Leaf still excites

Golden Leaf Invitational, don’t ever change. The Wilson high school baseball Easter tournament, originated in 2014 by Hunt coach Jon Smith and Fike coach Buck Edmundson, has become an annual …

Area Calendar, April 25-26

Thursday, April 25College Men’s VolleyballNCAA Tournament, first round — Princeton at Barton, 7 p.m.College BaseballConference Carolinas tournament at Tigerville, S.C., second round …
Garrett Browder (16) celebrates with his Fike teammates after slugging his second 2019 homer in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's final Golden Leaf Invitational game against South Granville in Fleming Stadium. Congratulating Brower are Hunter Stokely (19), Bryan Bunn (7) and Colton Moats (11).

Demons have a bash

Just win. With all the scenarios defined, the Fike High varsity baseball team, playing in the final game of the sixth annual Golden Leaf Invitational in Fleming Stadium on Tuesday night, realized …
Hunt’s Gavin Huff winds up as first baseman Jarrett Aycock prepares for a pickoff throw while North Johnston’s Gabe Coats gets a lead off first base in the fourth inning of the final round in the Golden Leaf Invitational on Tuesday at Hunt High. Huff would pick up the win after going seven innings and striking out nine in the 1-0 victory for the Warriors.

Warriors finish with a flourish

Hunt High sophomore Gavin Huff outlasted North Johnston junior Dylan Pitts in a pitching duel as Huff’s Warriors took a 1-0 home win in the Golden Leaf Invitational on Tuesday over North …
Ragsdale’s Derek Martinez (20) is congratulated by teammate Luke Pritchett after Martinez’s two-out single scored Trey Jackson with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning of Tuesday’s Golden Leaf Invitational game at Fleming Stadium. Martinez was the winning pitcher in the 5-4 victory against West Johnston, ending the Wildcats’ chance at winning the tournament.

Ragsdale ruins West Johnston’s title shot

The West Johnston High varsity baseball team stood upon the cusp of not only winning the Golden Leaf Invitational championship in its first appearance but also accomplishing the precedent-setting …
Community Sports

Wilson City Little League Glance

RESULTS  Games from April 15-18    Single-A League Ages 5-6   Team R H Wilson County Shrine 10 19 Langley’s Landscaping 8 13 Leading Hitters- …
Pro Sports

Mudcats bullpen crumbles in 9th of 3-2 loss at Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — For the first time this Single-A Carolina League season, the Carolina Mudcats  couldn’t hold a lead in the ninth inning. The host Myrtle Beach Pelicans scored …
College Notebooks
ECU Notebook

Houston installs new system, culture for Pirates

ECU first-year head coach Mike Houston addresses his team at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium following a spring scrimmage in late March.
New East Carolina head coach Mike Houston didn’t shy away from transparency throughout his first spring with the Pirates. When ECU had a bad practice, like the team’s first day in pads …
Duke Notebook
Blue Devils’ late-game luck runs out

After winning two consecutive games on last-second plays, Duke’s NCAA Tournament luck ran out in the Elite Eight as the overall top-seeded Blue Devils lost a 68-67 heartbreaker to Michigan …

NC State Notebook
Spring game a chance for Knight to carve out spot

N.C. State will get its first look at the 2019 team when the program hosts its annual Kay Yow Spring Game on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium. The intrasquad contest will kick off at 1 …

UNC Notebook
Little declares for NBA Draft; White remains undecided

North Carolina freshman Nassir Little announced on Monday that he is leaving the university to enter the NBA Draft, where he is projected to be a first-round pick. That news is no surprise, as Little …

Fike @ 50
Commitment to greatness
Even though it happened five decades ago, Fike High’s run of three straight state 4-A football championships is still considered not … Read More
Fike rolls back Green Wave 21-7; takes 2nd straight title
In typical fashion, the 1968 Fike High football team showed its championship colors with a stirring second-half rally to defeat … Read More
How to contribute to Trevathan monument, scholarship fund
If you would like to contribute to the fundraising effort to honor former Fike High football head coach Henry Trevathan and help … Read More