Beddingfield’s Daneesha Briggs (23) passes over the defense of SouthWest Edgecombe’s Jada Battle (3) during Wednesday’s 2-A Eastern Plains Conference semifinal at Beddingfield. The Lady Bruins will travel to Farmville Central on Saturday at 5 to play for the league tournament title

EPC finals set for Saturday, Big East to play Friday night

Conference championship implications will be at stake in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference on Saturday night. As for the 3-A Big East Conference, it’s wait and see. With the North …
Duke guard Cassius Stanley (2) dribbles against North Carolina State during the second half of Wednesday’s game in Raleigh.

For Duke, NC State loss is a one-off

RALEIGH — The last two times Duke won national championships in 2010 and 2015, the Blue Devils’ regular season included a double-digit loss at N.C. State’s arena. The Wolfpack won …

Lady Chargers move past Alamance in NCCSA 2-A quarterfinals

GREENSBORO — Facing a man-to-man defense against a team that has given it trouble historically, the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team authored a 50% showing from the field Thursday …
Bill Howard

Taking action with a crisis

I wrote about the crisis currently going on in the United States with declining hunting and fishing license sales, despite a growth in population over the past couple of decades. The dollars …

Area calendar, Feb. 21-22

Friday, February 21 College Men’s Volleyball Barton at Queens, 7 p.m. High School Varsity Boys Basketball NCISAA 1-A playoffs at Matthews Covenant Day, semifinals — Greenfield …
School Sports
Student-athlete of the week

Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Madison Carnes, Wilson Christian Academy

Madison Carnes was a central factor in an undefeated week for her Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls basketball team, making her this week’s Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys …
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 …

Lady Bruins play for a cause

Beddingfield senior Makayla Everette shoots a midrange jumpshot over SouthWest Edgecombe senior Adrian McKinney on Wednesday night during the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference tournament semifinals hosted by the Lady Bruins. Everette scored 25 points in the victory.
A 61-47 win for the Beddingfield varsity girls basketball team before a home crowd on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference tournament marked a three-game sweep of …
The Fike bench displays its approval in the closing seconds of Wednesday's 3-A Big East Conference semifinal against Hunt. Fike won 56-42 to defeat Hunt for the first time in four tries this season and reach the conference tournament final.

Fike trips Hunt to reach Big East finals

For much of the 3-A Big East Conference schedule, the Fike High varsity boys basketball team had been flirting with knocking off a top team. Thursday night in the semifinals, the Golden Demons …
Aaron Bancroft of Fike works West Carteret's Hiroki Cruz into a pinning combination during their NCHSAA 3-A 170-pound 3-A regional match last week at Cleveland High. Bancroft carries an unbeaten ledger into this week's NCHSAA individual championships, where he is the reigning champion at 160 pounds.

Curtain lifts Friday on NCHSAA wrestling championships

Eighteen wrestlers from The Wilson Times readership area will launch bids at a North Carolina High School Athletic Association individual state championship when action gets underway at Greensboro …

AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Warriors reach Big East finals, top Northern Nash

ROCKY MOUNT — Recovering from a slow start, the Hunt High varsity girls basketball team turned to senior Imani Sutton to help steady the course in the second quarter and send the Lady Warriors …

Big East finals, others now in limbo

The 3-A Big East Conference basketball tournament championship games are now in limbo. After Wilson County Schools opted to cancel after-school activities Wednesday, scheduled Thursday title games …

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

Wolfpack shows NCAA form with rout of No. 6 Duke

North Carolina State guard Devon Daniels (24) drives between Duke guard Cassius Stanley (2) and forward Matthew Hurt (21) during the first half of Wednesday's game in Raleigh. The Wolfpack won 88-66.
RALEIGH — Ah, this must have been what it was like in the older, smaller ACC days when N.C. State played on an NCAA Tournament level with neighboring Duke and North Carolina for bragging rights …

Balanced attack carries Bulldogs past Trojans

Isaiah Reddish and company left no doubt before a home crowd on Wednesday night as the Barton College men’s basketball team led from tipoff to final buzzer in an 84-61 Conference Carolinas …
Community Sports

Wilson Recreation Department Results

Youth futsal RESULTS Matches from Feb. 8 Ages 5-6 Green 18 – Blue 0: Green- Connor Patterson 7, Shradha Das 6, Mason Burnette 3, Isabel Herrera 2 Orange 11 – Red 3: …
Pro Sports
Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams (2), dribbling against Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans (42) during a game Jan. 30 in Washington, was released by the Hornets on Saturday and has signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Charlotte looks to get younger after releasing vets Williams, MKG

CHARLOTTE — The inevitable moves happened Saturday as a pair of long-time Charlotte Hornets were jettisoned to make way for a commitment to the youth movement. Marvin Williams and Michael …
College Notebooks
Duke Notebook

Coach K pleased with the growth of his young Blue Devils

Duke guard Tre Jones hugs head coach Mike Krzyzewski following an overtime victory in a game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Feb. 8.
DURHAM — Mike Krzyzewksi, Duke’s hall-of-fame basketball coach, sounded positively giddy Monday night, just three days before his 73rd birthday. And that’s a good thing not to be …
UNC Notebook

With Roy Williams looking on, far left, Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski (14) celebrates after winning Monday’s game at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind.

Same bad ending for Tar Heels

UNC fans can be forgiven if they feel like they’re living the plot of Groundhog Day, watching the same game on repeat. North Carolina gets a second-half lead and appears to be in control, then …

NC State Notebook

North Carolina State head coach Kevin Keatts yells to his players in the second half of a game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 11. The Wolfpack enter this week with games against No. 6 Duke and No. 8 Florida State that are critical to their NCAA hopes.

Wolfpack enters week needing to make their NCAA case

The NET ratings, strength of schedules, win-loss records within certain quadrants, and other mitigating factors that determine the NCAA Tournament worthiness of a team are not needing dissection at …

ECU Notebook

East Carolina signee Mason Garcia of Carolina Forest High warms up before a game in Myrtle Beach on Sept. 20, 2019. Garcia is one of three quarterbacks signed by the Pirates in this year’s recruiting class.

Pirates load up on QBs in early signing class

It’s atypical to see a college football program sign three scholarship quarterbacks in one recruiting class, but East Carolina felt the talented trio the Pirates inked as part of the 2020 cycle …

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