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Ty'Quon Reid should bring plenty of points to the Capitals as Vance-Granville Community College's all-time leading scorer.

Mens Basketball

NC Capitals go 3-0 in preseason showcase

By Marty Simpkins
| February 24, 2021

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s first semi-professional basketball team, the N.C. Capitals, held its fir...

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...

N.C. Capitals owner DeMarcus Oliver will bring Wake Forest its first semiprofessional basketball team in 2021. Contributed Photo

Semipro basketball team coming to Wake Forest next year

By Marty Simpkins
| December 16, 2020

WAKE FOREST — A professional basketball team will represent the town of Wake Forest in 2021 when the...

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Commentary

Voting for the best in sports

By Marty Simpkins
| January 4, 2021

Since it’s an election year, I figured it would be fun to vote for something other than politics: sp...

Wake Forest adding more esports leagues

| October 22, 2020

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s Parks and Recreation department is holding registration for three more esports leagues this fall and winter. The leagues will kick off Nov. 16 and end the season …

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COMMENTARY

Early season highlights from the NFL teams

By Marty Simpkins
| October 8, 2020

The NFL season is in full swing after most teams have now played four games this year. Most stadiums either don’t have fans at all, or are allowing a limited number in attendance due to the …

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COMMENTARY

The NBA Finals are set

By Marty Simpkins
| October 1, 2020

After a prolonged NBA season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA Finals are finally here. The Los Angeles Lakers punched their ticket to the championship with a 117-107 victory over the Denver …

Wake Forest Parks and rec prepares for second esports league

| October 1, 2020

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s Parks and Recreation department wrapped up its first esports league Wednesday and will begin its second season with two games Oct. 19. Shawn Monday, who heads up …

COMMENTARY

NFL football is finally back

By Marty Simpkins
| September 17, 2020

It’s about time! The NFL brought sports fans just what they needed this year with some highly anticipated professional football. While the NBA, MLB, MLS and NHL had some exciting games during …

A look back in sports history

The legacy of Larry Lindsey

| January 4, 2021

Wake Forest High School boys basketball coach Larry Lindsey will be remembered as one of the greatest high school coaches in the history of North Carolina. He was inducted into the N.C. Sports …

The NFL season is almost here

By Marty Simpkins
| August 27, 2020

Usually around this time, we’re watching NFL preseason games to get ourselves hyped up for the regular season. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, training camp is still going on to help players …

Commentary

The NBA is back

By Marty Simpkins
| August 20, 2020

The hopeful return of professional basketball was answered July 30 when the NBA played its first games since the COVID-19 pandemic in March forced it to shut down. The last NBA game played before …

Washington unveils bland new team name

By Marty Simpkins
| July 30, 2020

The Washington NFL football team decided to change its team nickname after a major sponsor, FedEx, threatened to not support the franchise financially. In response, the team will now be called …

Views and Reviews

New team names need some pizazz

By Jean McCamy
| July 30, 2020

I grew up cheering for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, the Washington Redskins and the St. Louis Cardinals. In this day of removing, renaming and rebranding, our sporting buddies are often under fire. …

COMMENTARY

MLB summer games satisfy craving like turkey

By Marty Simpkins
| July 23, 2020

I’m not the biggest baseball fan, but I’m happy to say that we’re finally getting some more professional sports here in the United States after the first pitch was thrown during Major League …

Commentary: American team sports are back

By Marty Simpkins
| July 15, 2020

Sports fans have been craving for competitive professional games held on American soil since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Major League Soccer heard our prayers and answered them last …

Wake Forest 'Rocket League' esports tournament slated for August

For The Wake Weekly
| June 29, 2020

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s Parks and Recreation Department will host a two-day online esports gaming tournament featuring “Rocket League” Registration will open Wednesday, …

Brookdale thankful for COVID-19 relief donations

By Marty Simpkins | marty@wakeweekly.com
| May 29, 2020

WAKE FOREST — Former Wake Forest High School football player and current New York Giant Dexter Lawrence and his mother Julia Parker donated 47 gift bags filled with hand sanitizer, face masks, …

Sports are back, sort of

By Marty Simpkins
| May 21, 2020

As parts of the world slowly lift restrictions put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re seeing some businesses come back online — and some sports, too. Bundesliga, a European …


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This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

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...