Southern Nash senior Quinton Cooley plows his way over Eastern Alamance defenders Caleb Hester (5) and Evan Powell (32) during the second half of Friday’s NCHSAA 3-A East final at Southern Nash. Cooley rushed for 344 yards and three TDs in the Firebirds’ 32-29 victory to reach the state championship for the first time.

Firebirds headed to state 3-A championship

With the game still very much up for grabs and a dangerous Eastern Alamance offense just itching to get the ball back, Southern Nash put the football in the safest possible place — in the hands of …
Southern Nash head coach Brian Foster is attended to in a cart after collapsing on the sideline during the fourth quarter of Friday’s NCHSAA 3-A East final against Eastern Alamance at Southern Nash. Foster was taken to the hospital but was reported to be OK.

Foster’s collapse scary but has a happy ending

STANHOPE — For a few scary moments Friday at Firebird Stadium, one could have heard the proverbial pin drop. A hush fell over the capacity crowd as Southern Nash head coach Brian Foster lay on …
Fike's Moses Parker  (35) works and finishes a shot from close range against the defense of Beddingfield's Kaleb Harris during Friday night's clash of archrivals in the Fike High gym.

Parker’s late spree lifts Fike past Bruins

Moses Parker, Fike High’s 6-foot-4 senior basketball standout, does not come across as especially vocal and displays a go-with-the-flow temperament. As Parker likes to explain his personna: “I …
Beddingfield's Makayla Everette (33) twists between Fike defenders Avery Lentz (14) and Janiseya Anderson (1) to put up a shot late in the third quarter of Friday night's showdown of archrivals in the Fike High gym. Beddingfield won 48-32.

Everette, freshmen four spill Fike

Makayla Everette, a 6-foot-4 senior, considers the Beddingfield High varsity girls basketball team promsing freshman quartet the “missing piece” she has discovered her senior …
Southwest Edgecombe's Keishon Porter, driving into the lane during a game against Beddingfield on Jan. 25, returns to lead a Cougars squad with high expectations in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference this season.

Milestones await SouthWest Edgecombe basketball teams this season

PINETOPS — Personal milestones are likely to be realized, but a huge obstacle threatens to interrupt championship dreams for the SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity basketball teams for the …
North Johnston midfielder Ty Narron, pictured during an Aug. 27 game against North Lenoir in Kenly, was named the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Player of the Year.

North Johnston’s Narron is EPC Player of the Year

KENLY— Among a talented group of teammates he says were just as deserving, Ty Narron contributed in too many ways not to be recognized. After a successful senior season, the midfielder was …

AREA ROUNDUP: WCA girls reach Charger Christmas Classic final

The Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team overcome a tough first half offensively and defensively, holding visiting Walkertown Gospel Light to no points in the third quarter en route to a …

MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Knights down Cyclones 35-19

Charles Thomas bucketed 13 points to lead the Greenfield School boys basketball team to a 35-19 conquest of Community Christian on Friday. Edward Taylor had seven points for the Knights, while …
“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?

“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, …

Area calendar, Dec. 7-8

Saturday, December 7 High School Varsity Boys Basketball Millbrook Showcase — Greenfield vs. Raleigh Leesville Road, 6:30 p.m.; Chargers Christmas Classic, third-place game; Rocky Mount Faith …
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
School Sports
Student-athlete of the week

Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Andrew Woodard, Fike High

Andrew Woodard has helped his Fike High wrestling team get off a 6-2 start this season, making him this week’s Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week. Andrew, a …
Football Forecast

Football Forecast Playoffs Week 4

One or two weeks remain in the Forecast, contingent on the Southern Nash Firebirds.
One or two weeks remain in the Forecast, contingent on the Southern Nash Firebirds.
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 …
Hunt's Shakei Hines contorts around the defense of East Wake's Jeremiah Crudup during Thursday's game at Hunt. The Warriors lost 60-46, stumbling to their third straight loss at home.

Hunt stumbles to 3rd straight home loss, 60-46

Remaining upbeat is becoming increasingly difficult for a Hunt High varsity boys basketball team that was dealt its third consecutive loss at home in as many evenings by a 60-46 margin against East …
Hunt's Imani Sutton (30) races past East Wake's Joslyn Ayers (12) and Kelis Carmen, behind Sutton, to score on a layup in homestanding Hunt's 58-47 loss on Thursday night.

Hunt stopped by East Wake’s Razor-burn

The return of 5-foot-10 senior Imani Sutton marked a welcomed presence for the homestanding Hunt High varsity girls basketball Thursday evening. But even Sutton’s encouraging performance was not …
Southern Nash quarterback Matt Foster (2) oversees the defense of Fayetteville Terry Sanford during last week's NCHSAA 3-A East third-round game in Stanhope. Foster will help direct the Firebirds into their first regional final in a decade Friday night against postseason nemesis Eastern Alamance.

High-stakes rematch

As Brian Foster has told his Southern Nash High football players over the years, “Just because you deserve something, doesn’t mean you’re going to get it.” With double-digit wins each of …

MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Wildcats clip Darden in season opener, 35-33

Drew Pittman recorded 20 points and eight rebounds Thursday to lead the Springfield boys basketball team to a 35-33 victory over Darden on Thursday in the season opener for both teams. Nick …

AREA ROUNDUP: Cyclones register second win, 74-56

CLAYTON — The Community Christian varsity boys basketball team snapped a five-game slide with a 74-56 road victory against Southside Christian on Thursday …

The Life and Times Podcast, Nov. 27, 2019

A look back at the three playoff games involving Times readership area football teams last week and a look ahead at the two games this week: Elizabeth City Northeastern at SouthWest Edgecombe and …

College Sports
Barton's Michael Boykin (4) attempts to scoop up an accurate shot against the defense of Limestone's Joseph Battle (0) in the second half of Tuesday night's 82-57 Bulldogs' win in Wilson Gymnasium.

Senior trio sparks 82-57 Bulldogs win

The Barton College men’s basketball team’s three seniors (Isaiah Buck-Lowman, Michael Boykin and Jeff Gordon) emerged as more than leaders Tuesday night in Wilson Gymnasium. The trio …
Barton's Jami Tham-Morrobel (33) had a career high of 26 points and eight rebounds in Tuesday's 74-64 win over Limestone in Wilson Gym.

Lady Bulldogs ward off Saints, 74-64

A Barton College women’s basketball team in control of the proceedings through three quarters flirted with disaster and giving an early Christmas gift to NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas …
Community Sports

Tyson cards 5th career hole-in-one

Veteran Wilson golfer M.A. Tyson posted his fifth career hole-in-one in a round at Willow Springs Country Club on Monday. With a 9-iron his club of choice, Tyson aced the 115-yard, par-3, No. 18 …
Pro Sports
Kyle Busch holds up his trophy in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy Cup Series championship on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Busch will race in the Super Late Model Division as part of the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park.

Southern National postpones Thanksgiving Classic

Rain arrived sooner than expected, prompting Southern National Motorsports Park to call off Saturday's on-track activity.  The race has been moved to March 1 —  a week before the CARS …
College Notebooks
NC State Notebook

Wolfpack looks to charge past Badgers this time around

North Carolina State head coach Kevin Keatts watches the action during a game against Memphis in the Barclays Center Classic on Nov. 28 in New York.
Last season N.C. State charged its way into the ACC/Big Ten Challenge looking for a signature win and the Wolfpack ultimately charged its way to a close loss that made a difference when Selection …
Duke Notebook
Blue Devils set to face small Hokies lineup

Duke finally opens ACC play after having already dispatched two ranked opponents, Kansas in the Champions Classic and Michigan State on Tuesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. But the lid-lifter …

UNC Notebook
With bowl eligibility, Brown can signal progress for Tar Heels

Mack Brown has long placed great emphasis on UNC being the flagship program in the state, and Saturday’s 41-10 beatdown of rival NC State will surely aid that pitch on the recruiting trail this …

ECU Notebook
Despite final loss, Pirates look forward to future with Houston

It was the complete opposite of a storybook ending for East Carolina’s senior class, but the players participating in their final game in the purple and gold maintained following the 49-24 loss …