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Hunt’s Alex Williams (3) flicks the ball at the net as Fike’s Mallory Jenkins (7) and Avery Lentz defend during Wednesday’s match at Fike. The Lady Warriors won in four games to remain unbeaten in 3-A Big East Conference play.

Hanging on to first place: Hunt holds off Fike in Big East battle

Whether the Hunt High varsity volleyball team knew its winning streak against Fike stretches back to 2014, the Lady Warriors found themselves in quite a struggle to win for a 14th straight time …

CROSS-COUNTRY ROUNDUP: Fike girls, Hunt boys take 2nd in Big East tri-meet

It’s been quite an unusual cross-country season in the 3-A Big East Conference with meets limited to three teams and many squads fighting to have enough runners for a team score. But when …
C.B. Aycock High senior Karlyn Ray signed a National Letter of Intent to play tennis for the University of Mount Olive during a signing ceremony at Aycock on Nov. 21.

Aycock’s Ray to play tennis at Mount Olive

  While she considered a change of scenery to the North Carolina mountains, C.B. Aycock High senior Karlyn Ray ultimately opted for a move to the other side of Wayne County instead of the …

JUNIOR VARSITY RECAP: Lady Warriors sweep Fike to reach 5-0

The service game of freshmen Allison Moore and Jolie Sogluizzo sparked the Hunt volleyball team to a 25-15, 25-22 sweep of host Fike on Wednesday. The victory left the Lady Warriors still unbeaten …

Area Calendar, Dec. 3-4

Thursday, December 3 High School Varsity Boys Basketball Henderson Crossroads Christian at Community Christian — Peace Church, 8 p.m.   High School Varsity Girls …
Barton head coach Ron Lievense, offering assistance to a referee during a game against Lees-McRae at Wilson Gym on Feb. 8, is idle during the holidays for the first time ever in his coaching career as the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the start of the season until January.

The waiting game: Barton players return home before whirlwind season begins

For the first time in his memory, visions of zone presses and boxing out weren’t dancing through Ron Lievense’s head at Thanksgiving. So the Barton College men’s basketball coach …
Texas guard Matt Coleman III (2) takes aim at the basket between North Carolina guard Leaky Black (1) and guard R.J. Davis (4) in the first half of the championship of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday in Asheville. Texas won 69-67. Coleman was the MVP with the winning basket and high score of 22 points.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Coleman, No. 17 Texas beat No. 14 UNC 69-67 for Maui title

ASHEVILLE — It wasn’t long after Texas arrived for the relocated Maui Invitational that coach Shaka Smart pointed out the banners hanging above the court to recognize the …
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) runs off the field after their 52-17 win over Pittsburgh at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., on Nov. 28.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL

In the ACC, even without fans, there’s no place like home

Clemson’s Death Valley does not have as many signs of life on game days. Hard Rock Stadium is often very quiet when Miami scores. Lane Stadium isn’t shaking atop its foundation when …
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson, right, dunks the ball in front of San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl during the second half of game Aug. 9, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
NBA OFFSEASON

Zion Williamson moving past injuries, inhibitions in second year

NEW ORLEANS — Zion Williamson expects to unleash a version of himself that is healthier, more demonstrative and less restrained in his second NBA season with the New Orleans …
Washington Wizards guard John Wall works out prior to an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Feb. 24 in Washington. The Raleigh native was traded to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in a deal for all-star point guard Russell Westbrook.
NBA OFFSEASON

Rockets, Wiz make Westbrook-Wall deal; Lakers extend LeBron

HOUSTON — Russell Westbrook is headed to the Washington Wizards and John Wall is moving to the Houston Rockets in a significant swap of point guards — one an MVP, the other a No. 1 …
Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber was one of 59 players released by their teams before Wednesday's contract deadline.
MLB OFFSEASON

Cubs’ Schwarber, Bradley among 59 cut in pandemic fallout

NEW YORK — Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. were cut loose by the Chicago Cubs after helping the team win its first World Series title in more than a century, among 59 players who became …
In these file photos from the Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1980, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, Atlantic Christian soccer coach Mike Smith, left, was named NAIA District 26 Coach of the Year, while two of his freshmen, Sharhabil Humieda, center, and Brad Dixon were selected to the all-district team.
TODAY IN TIMES SPORTS HISTORY

AC’s Mike Smith named district coach of the year

Mike Smith capped a successful first season as Atlantic Christian College soccer head coach by being named NAIA District 26 Coach of the Year. Smith, a longtime assistant to Bulldogs head coach …
School Sports
Student-athlete of the week

Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Drew O'Neal, Beddingfield High

Drew O’Neal picked up points for his Beddingfield High cross-country team in its first meet of the season last week, making him 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 photo, …

Lady Chargers outlast CFA, masks and all

Senior Katelyn Parker (10) drives in from the wing during Tuesday’s game against Cape Fear Academy at Wilson Christian. Parker had eight rebounds and six points in the Lady Chargers’ 46-31 victory.
Given that many of the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball players have already been through a season of pandemic protocols while playing volleyball, the Lady Chargers just shrugged off the …
Wilson Christian’s Will Hoskins (12) is closely guarded by Elijah Tharrington of Durham Liberty Christian during Tuesday’s game at Wilson Christian. Hoskins had 16 points but the Chargers lost 73-65.

Chargers can’t overcome Liberty

Victory continued to elude the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team as visiting Liberty Christian of Durham held off a late Chargers rally to emerge with a 73-65 victory in its season …

JUNIOR VARSITY ROUNDUP: Miller paces WCA past Faith

Behind a career-high 17 points from sophomore Holland Miller, Wilson Christian notched its first girls basketball win of the season Tuesday, as the Lady Chargers decked Faith Christian of Rocky Mount …

Lady Demons clip Knights to prep for Hunt

ROCKY MOUNT — With a match against archrival Hunt next up for the Fike High varsity volleyball team, the Lady Demons got an early boost on the way to a three-set sweep of 3-A Big East …
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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 …

TODAY IN TIMES SPORTS HISTORY
Bulldogs help Wolfpack open cage slate at Raleigh

Atlantic Christian College would supply the opposition for North Carolina State College’s basketball season opener in the Wolfpack’s Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. Legendary head coach …

THE LIFE AND THE TIMES

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
North Carolina guard Leaky Black (1) drives to the basket against Stanford during a semifinal game in the Maui Invitational tournament,Tuesday in Asheville. North Carolina won 67-63.

Black helps No. 14 UNC top Stanford 67-63 in Maui semifinals

ASHEVILLE — Leaky Black and North Carolina spent last season struggling in late-game situations, fumbling away leads and failing to make a needed play at the most critical of moments. Maybe …
Duke's D.J. Steward (24) puts up a shot against Michigan State during Tuesday's game in the State Farm Champions Classic at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Izzo, Spartans finally win at Cameron

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo took another good team to Cameron Indoor Stadium, but this time his players responded to the usual Duke fast start and finished with a 75-69 Tuesday night in the State …
North Carolina guard R.J. Davis (4) leaps to shoot a basket over UNLV guard Bryce Hamilton (13) in the first half of a game in the Maui Invitational tournament, Monday in Asheville.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Davis, Brooks help No. 14 UNC top UNLV 78-51 in Maui tourney

ASHEVILLE — North Carolina started its first game of the relocated Maui Invitational so badly that it faced an immediate double-digit hole as its Hall of Fame coach benched multiple …
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Community Sports

Lake Wilson 12U seizes Downeast Fall League title

Sweeping each match in its final two outings, the Lake Wilson Tennis Club 12U Beavers concluded its Downeast Fall League Junior Team Tennis season with a championship by throttling their final two …
Pro Sports
Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, left, talks with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) in the fourth quarter during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. The Vikings defeated the Panthers 28-27.
CAROLINA PANTHERS

Coaching staff deserves blame after loss to Vikings

CHARLOTTE — Matt Rhule hit the nail on the head when he said he and his coaching staff deserve full blame for the Panthers surrendering an 11-point fourth quarter lead and losing 28-27 to the …
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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