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Lester Wilder

Franklinton coaching legend Lester Wilder dies

By Marty Simpkins
| March 3, 2021

FRANKLINTON — Longtime Franklinton High School coach Lester Wilder passed away from cancer Saturday ...

Wake Forest registering for adult, youth recreation leagues

From staff reports
| February 18, 2021

WAKE FOREST — Registration for various adult and youth spring league sports is available through the...

The Koinonia Foundation’s inaugural Pace for Grace 5K Race virtual walk and run March 20-21, 2021, will raise money to help neighbors in crisis. It replaces the nonprofit’s annual charity auction and dinner that won’t be held due to the pandemic.

Koinonia Foundation registering for Pace for Grace 5K

For The Wake Weekly
| February 12, 2021

WAKE FOREST — The Koinonia Foundation is inviting the public to help neighbors in crisis by particip...

Wake Forest parks and rec renews ‘Better Sports’ designation

For The Wake Weekly
| February 4, 2021

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department renewed its “Better ...

Kashara Simpson pictured with her painting that won the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. contest and a $1,000 scholarship. Contributed Photo

Rolesville basketball player wins MLK Contest

By Marty Simpkins
| January 29, 2021

ROLESVILLE — Kashara Simpson of Rolesville High School’s girls basketball team won first place in th...

From left: Martin, Pate and Royalty.

Golf

Raleigh golfer wins Winternational Junior Series division

From staff reports
| January 20, 2021

PINEHURST — Keenan Royalty not only took home the freshman/sophomore division title, but also low-ro...

Marcus Hodges, right, hands off Stephen Curry's newest brand of basketballs to Ashley Hohenberger, left, of the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club. Marty Simpkins | The Wake Weekly

Former Wakefield player joins in basketball handout at Boys & Girls club

By Marty Simpkins
| January 6, 2021

WAKE FOREST — Marcus Hodges, who won two boys basketball state championships with Wakefield High Sch...

The UNC-Chapel Hill junior varsity esports team defeated the Striking Vipers 2-0 in the video game "League of Legends" to win the Battle in the Forest esports tournament hosted by Wake Forest's parks and recreation department.

UNC wins Battle in the Forest esports tournament

By Marty Simpkins
| December 20, 2020

WAKE FOREST — An esports team from UNC-Chapel Hill won first place in the town of Wake Forest’s gami...

The Mets won the Wake Forest Parks and Recreation senior baseball league with an overall record of 8-2. Contributed Photo

Mets win Wake Forest senior baseball league

By Marty Simpkins
| December 16, 2020

WAKE FOREST — The Mets finished the fall baseball season in first place with an 8-2 overall record t...

The 15U Fungo White baseball team won the Top Gun National Championship in South Carolina on Nov. 22. Contributed photo

Fungo White win national tournament championship

By Marty Simpkins
| December 14, 2020

WAKE FOREST — The 15U Fungo White baseball team went undefeated at 4-0 to win the Top Gun Winter National Championship at Pawley’s Island in South Carolina Sunday Nov. 22. Fungo White …

The Athletics won the Youngsville parks and recreation kid-pitch fall season baseball league for athletes aged 9-12 with an overall record of 9-1.

Athletics win Youngsville baseball league

By Marty Simpkins
marty@wakeweekly.com
| December 14, 2020

YOUNGSVILLE — The Athletics went 9-1 overall to win the town of Youngsville’s parks and recreation k...

Wake Forest's Samantha Widelski dives forward to prevent the ball from hitting the floor. Marty Simpkins | The Wake Weekly

Cougars celebrate 1st home game with win

| December 14, 2020

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s volleyball team swept Cleveland High School 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-16) at home Thursday, Nov. 19, in its first home game of the season. Since the COVID-19 pandemic …

Mets win Wake Forest senior baseball league

| November 25, 2020

WAKE FOREST — The Mets finished the fall baseball season in first place with an 8-2 overall record to win Wake Forest’s parks and recreation senior baseball league. The team was led by head …

Patriot runners dominate season opener

By Marty Simpkins | marty@wakeweekly.com
| November 18, 2020

WAKE FOREST — For the first time since March, high school sports was played in North Carolina and Franklin Academy’s cross-country team celebrated that fact with a big win over their …

Rolesville to run 3-on-3 outdoor basketball league

By Marty Simpkins | marty@wakeweekly.com
| November 18, 2020

ROLESVILLE — For the first time in the history of Rolesville’s parks and recreation department, there will be a 3-on-3 outdoor youth basketball league this winter. The league will be …

Red Ram signs with UNC

By Marty Simpkins | marty@wakeweekly.com
| November 16, 2020

FRANKLINTON — Franklinton softball player Shelby Sykora signed to play for UNC-Chapel Hill Nov. 11. She said the decision for her to play softball for the Tar Heels was an easy one, considering ...

Simpkins wins Angler of the Year at Falls Lake

By Marty Simpkins | marty@wakeweekly.com
| November 18, 2020

CREEDMOOR — It took nine years of competing in the BNB (Bass and Buck) Bass Masters Club for Chuck Simpkins to win his first Angler of the Year award after catching two crucial fish at Falls …

Youngsville team sweeps adult parks and rec league sports

By Marty Simpkins | marty@wakeweekly.com
| November 11, 2020

YOUNGSVILLE — Eight men from Youngsville have won three adult parks and recreation league championships this year in basketball, kickball and softball. The three teams were led by parks and …

High school volleyball begins Monday

By Marty Simpkins | marty@wakeweekly.com
| November 11, 2020

WAKE FOREST, FRANKLINTON — High school volleyball players and coaches all over the state are back in the gym for practice, gearing up for their first match next week. Franklinton head coach …

Wake Electric wins Sporting Clays event

From staff reports
| November 11, 2020

NASHVILLE — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce held their fourth annual Sporting Clays event at Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville, N.C. Nov. 5. Over 100 shooters participated and they …


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Coronavirus Crisis

Envision Science Academy reports outbreak of COVID-19

By Amber Revels-Stocks
| March 5, 2021

WAKE FOREST — A Wake Forest charter school has an outbreak of COVID-19, authorities said. Envision S...

This Dec. 2  photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.

Coronavirus Crisis

Johnson & Johnson vaccine arrives in Wake County

By Amber Revels-Stocks
| March 5, 2021

RALEIGH — More than 4,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses were transferred to 29 different vaccine providers ...

Daily new cases of COVID-19 are continuing to decrease across the state.

Coronavirus Crisis

County Alert Map shows lowest community spread since its start

By Amber Revels-Stocks
| March 5, 2021

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s key metrics are decreasing, even though they remain high, the N.C. Depart...