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Wilson Tobs outfielder Dusty Baker (31), scoring a run during the Tobs’ 19-0 win over the Peninsula Pilots in the Coastal Plain League season opener Thursday, July 2, at Fleming Stadium, went 5 for 6 in the Tobs’ 20-8 victory Friday night at Peninsula. The teams will play again Sunday at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, Va.

Tobs hammer Pilots for second straight night, 20-8

    HAMPTON, Va. — It’s almost as if the Wilson Tobs picked up a head start on the rest of the Coastal Plain League’s Mid-Atlantic Division. If not all three of …
Dusty Baker (31) and Jared Carr (6) of the Wilson Tobs exchange elbow bumps as Carr returns to the dugout during a June 26 exhibition against the Tarboro River Bandits at Fleming Stadium. Elbows and fists are a common greeting or acknowledgment in pandemic era baseball.

Creativity, gratitude keeps local baseball afloat

In pandemic-era baseball, it takes a village to keep some sense of normalcy afloat. That’s been put on display in the summer of 2020 by the Coastal Plain League and representatives of …
"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, …
In this photo from the July 4, 2001, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, Wilson Tobs shortstop Blake Whealy, left, throws the ball to first base after forcing out Edenton Steamers’ Spencer Preston during a Coastal Plain League game at Fleming Stadium.
TODAY IN TIMES SPORTS HISTORY

Tobs win first-half crown

Behind a solid effort from starting pitcher Jeremy Plexico, the Wilson Tobs slammed the Edenton Steamers 11-2 on a “sweet summer night at Fleming Stadium” to win the first-half crown of …
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 …
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, …

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, …
Juan Jackson, a 1984 Hunt High graduate and former Warriors star running back, was named the eighth varsity football head coach in school history Tuesday. Jackson, who had been an assistant football coach and track coach at Nash Central since 2013, will also help coach track at Hunt.

A Warrior’s homecoming: Jackson named Hunt football head coach

No matter what jerseys or team colors Juan Jackson has worn since he starred for the Hunt High football team in the early 1980s, he’s always been a Warrior at heart. Now one of the most …
TODAY IN TIMES SPORTS HISTORY

In this photo from the July 3, 1984, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, Bill Williamson was named the athletic coordinator at Hunt High, where he had been the varsity football head coach for five of the six years the school had been in operation. Williamson would continue as Warriors football coach.

Williamson takes over Hunt athletics

Varsity football head coach Bill Williamson added the position of athletic coordinator to his duties at Hunt High. Williamson, a 1971 Rock Ridge High graduate, had been the Warriors varsity …

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

Opening night bash: Tobs create own fireworks with 19-0 rout of Pilots

Trey Sweeney (2), who was 4 for 5 with four RBIs, is greeted at home by teammates Tyler Jones (17) and Chris Meyers (11) after collecting those RBIs with a seventh-inning grand slam Thursday night against the Peninsula Pilots at Fleming Stadium. The Tobs won 19-0.
These days, social distancing is all the rage. On the field, the Wilson Tobs fell into two distinctly different categories when it came to adherence Thursday night in its Coastal Plain League …
George P. Clark Jr., a Wilson high school star athlete in the early 1940s who went on to become an All-America football player and standout baseball player at Duke University, died Thursday at the age of 94.

Former Duke star George Clark dies at 94

George Clark, one of Wilson’s greatest high school athletes in the first half of the 20th century who went on to star in football and baseball at Duke University, died Thursday at the age of …
Wilson Tobs teammates Brady Garrison, left, and Gunner Peterson walk back to the home dugout at Fleming Stadium after scoring run in the Coastal Plain League team’s exhibition opener Friday, June 26, against the Tarboro River Bandits of the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League. While host families and season ticket-holders were allowed in for the first three home exhibition games, the Tobs can only have 25 spectators at games under the continuance of Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order through July 18.

Tobs need fan support more than ever

Back in 1957, Wilson baseball fans had a chance to show how much they loved having a minor league team play here and they came through. The year before, Wilson got its first minor league team …
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Community Sports
Jody O’Neal displays the ball he used to ace the No. 5 hole at Wedgewood Public Golf Course on June 28.

Bruins coach aces Wedgewood’s No. 5

Jody O’Neal, the golf coach and athletic director at Beddingfield High, registered a hole-in-one on the Bruins’ home course, Wedgewood Public Golf Course, on June 28. Playing a 7 iron …
Pro Sports

Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

NEW YORK — Baseball’s minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in …
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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