Wilson Team Elite shortstop Tyson Bass lunges to tag Tanner Smith of the Garner Nationals in the first inning of Thursday's independent summer league game at Eastern Carolina Athletic Park. Smith was ruled safe on the steal of second base as Wilson lost 7-1.

Struggles mount for Team Elite in 7-1 loss to Garner

GOLDSBORO — For a team struggling to establish an identity at the plate, facing a stream of lively arms was not a recipe for success for Wilson Team Elite on Thursday night at Eastern Carolina …
Jared Carr (6) of the Wilson Tobs comes home with a run during Tuesday's exhibition win over the Wake Forest Fungo in Fleming Stadium. Carr had a grand slam, his CPL-leading fifth home run of the season Thursday at Peninsula, but the Tobs lost 11-9. It was Wilson's first loss of 2020.

Tobs handed first loss by Pilots, 11-9

HAMPTON, Va. — The Wilson Tobs will not go undefeated in the shortened 2020 Coastal Plain League summer collegiate baseball season. After three victories over the Peninsula Pilots to open …
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 …
The hammock tent is set out under the Arizona sun.

Peace in the desert

Gosh, it feels like I just wrote about this not too long ago. You know, the part about us being captive in our own dwellings, places closed, and the need for socialization and adventure. But as it …

Lake Wilson 18Us enjoy 2-1 week on courts

Boosted by a sweep of doubles and the bottom of its singles order, the Lake Wilson Tennis Club 18U team assured itself of a winning record on the week after moving past River Birch Tennis Center of …
In this photo from the Saturday, July 10, 1970, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, Wilson Post 13 first baseman Jimmy DeRatt (22) holds onto the ball as an Ahoskie player dives back to the base during their Area I Eastern Division playoff game at Fleming Stadium.

Late rally fails as Ahoskie eliminates Wilson Legion

A ninth-inning rally came up one run short for the Wilson American Legion baseball team as visiting Ahoskie ended Post 13’s season with a 5-4 win at Fleming Stadium in the first round of the …
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 …
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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 this photo from the Tuesday, July 9, 2002, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, four Wilson Tobs, from left, Adam Hargrave, Ty Rutledge, Mike Reese and Tim Turner were named to the North Division team for the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game that was to be played in Fayetteville.

Four Tobs honored as CPL All-Stars

Despite an 8-17 overall record, the Wilson Tobs landed four players in the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game that was to be played in Fayetteville — outfielder Michael Reese, …

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
Ruffin McNeill walks onto the field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville as the East Carolina head coach before a game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 14, 2013. McNeill, who led his alma mater from 2010 to 2015, was hired Tuesday as the special assistant to N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren.

Old Pirate McNeill returns to NC as Wolfpack assistant

Former East Carolina player and head coach Ruffin McNeill was an odd sight wearing the red of N.C. State in his virtual press conference Tuesday. As the questions rolled in, there were several common …
Dusty Baker (31) is greeted at home plate by Jared Carr (6) after Baker hit a solo home run in the first inning of Tuesday's exhibition game against the Wake Forest Fungo in Fleming Stadium. Carr, who was 3 for 3 with three RBIs, added a two-run homer in the seventh as the Tobs won 18-6 in seven innings.

No pen pals here: Tobs remain fiery at the plate, rout Fungo 18-6 in 7 innings

The disappointment in the voice of Wilson Tobs head coach Harry Markotay was palpable. His team had just turned in another comprehensive hitting display Tuesday night in Fleming Stadium with an …
Wilson Tobs outfielder Dusty Baker (31), congratulating teammate Jared Carr after he scored a run during an exhibition game June 26 at Fleming Stadium, was named the Coastal Plain League’s Hitter of the Week after going 7 for 9 with five RBIs in the Tobs’ first three CPL games, all wins.

Tobs’ Baker claims 1st CPL Hitter of the Week honor

Dusty Baker was a Coastal Plain League All-Star in the 2019 season while helping the Morehead City Marlins win their second straight Petitt Cup. While the CPL All-Star Game and Petitt Cup playoffs …
Community Sports

Team Elite scratches past Redbirds for first win

Wilson Team Elite starter Tanner Sullivan worked five innings without allowing a run Monday in a 4-0 win over the Twin Rivers Redbirds at Rocky Mount Academy. It was Wilson's first win of the independent summer league season.
ROCKY MOUNT — Twenty innings at the plate have elapsed for Wilson Team Elite to date, and through three contests, the independent summer league baseball team has yet to have an inning where it …
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