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Wilson Christian's Lin Scott traverses his way through the course during Thursday's Pumpkin Run on the WCA campus. Scott finished third as the Chargers placed second following a fifth-place tiebreaker with Cape Fear Academy. Jimmy Lewis | Times

Massive Pumpkin Run leaves Charger harriers with optimism

By Jimmy Lewis
| October 15, 2021

The largest athletic gathering ever to be held on the campus of Wilson Christian Academy deserved a bit of drama.

Daniels accounts for 6 TDs as Demons outduel South Johnston

From staff reports
| September 24, 2021

FOUR OAKS — The Fike High varsity football team came prepared for a high-scoring affair Thursday night.

Greenfield's Nathan Lozevski (8) tries to make a move on Fayetteville Berean Baptist Academy's Michael Dzama (13) during Monday's match on Forbes Field. Lozevski had a hat trick in his team's 4-1 victory. Jimmy Lewis | Times

Lozevski’s hat trick lifts Greenfield past Berean Baptist, 4-1

By Jimmy Lewis
| September 21, 2021

He doesn’t have an exact knowledge of the number of appearances he’s made in his Greenfield School varsity boys soccer career, but junior Nathan Lozevski has likely walked every blade of grass inside the lines on Forbes Field.

Barton's Jordan Terrell (1) is tackled by Catawba's Isaiah Taylor (3) during Saturday's game at Shuford Stadium. The Bulldogs lost 17-10. Wayne Hinshaw | Salisbury Post

Barton comeback falls short at Catawba, 17-10

From staff reports
| September 19, 2021

SALISBURY — A few tantalizing plays arguably stood between the Barton College football program and a winning record early in its first fall season Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium.

Hunt's Zymeal Clay gets into the open field during a Sept. 3 game against SouthWest Edgecombe in Warrior Stadium. Hunt opens 3-A Quad County Conference play at home Friday against C.B. Aycock. Matt Proseus | Special to the Times

Intensity ratchets up as conference play begins

By Jimmy Lewis
| September 17, 2021

Membership in college football's Southeastern Conference is not required to grasp the added stakes applied beginning this week for most high school programs across The Wilson Times readership area.

Fike's Khamani Barnes glides in the open field during an Aug. 20 game against Beddingfield at Buddy Bedgood Stadium. The Demons return to action following a two-week break induced by COVID-19 when they host Wilmington New Hanover. Sheldon Vick | Special to the Times

Demons, Firebirds highlight shortened Week 4 fare

By Jimmy Lewis
| September 10, 2021

For many varsity football teams across The Wilson Times readership area, the last vestiges of nonconference play take place this week.

Greenfield's R.J. Shealy (7) and Wilson Christian's Chase Gurgone (15) jostle for possession during Friday's match at Wilson Christian. The Knights and Chargers played to a 1-1 draw. Jimmy Lewis | Times

First WCA-Greenfield meeting of ‘21 ends in 1-1 draw

By Jimmy Lewis
| September 4, 2021

The first battle of champions between varsity boys soccer teams at Greenfield School and Wilson Christian will have to wait another week for a definitive result.

Hunt's Jay Misback (6) tries to get by the defense of Rocky Mount's Griffin Perry (17) during the first half of Monday's game at Hunt. The Warriors and Gryphons battled to a 2-2 draw. Jimmy Lewis | Times

Incomplete Hunt settles for 2-2 draw with Rocky Mount

By Jimmy Lewis
| August 31, 2021

While soccer ties carry the same mathematical value for both combatants, the textbook definition of “good” and “bad” draws were on full display in Monday’s meeting of former conference rivals on the Hunt High pitch.

Wilson Country Club captured a record 11th championship in the 28th annual Wilson Cup interclub golf competition that concluded Sunday afternoon at Wedgewood Public Golf Course. WCC edged Wedgewood 12 1/2-11 1/2. Club members, front from left, are Derek Hamm, John Hearn Walston, Bill Boles Jr., Kent Williams, Jonathan Bissette and Dwayne Baker. Back row: Seth Pattan, Clint O'Hara, head professional Reid Hill, Kyle Norville, Matt Figg and Todd Wilkinson.


WCC captures record 11th Wilson Cup championship

By Tom Ham
| August 30, 2021

The 2021 turnout for the Seniors and Super Seniors division somewhat disappointed Kent Williams, a Wilson Cup interclub golf founder and a mainstay in the Wilson Country Club lineup for more than two decades.

Justin Hayes, left, and Brock Godwin chat after they combined for a birdie on the 15th green Saturday afternoon at Wilson Country Club in the 28th annual Wilson Cup.

WCC, Wedgewood advance to Wilson Cup championship

By Tom Ham
| August 29, 2021

A blistering opening round Saturday morning left host Wilson Country Club's advance into Sunday's championship round of the 28th annual Wilson Cup interclub golf competition a mere formality in the relentless heat.

Hunt's Lucas Robinson (20) makes a tackle of Greenville Rose ball carrier Michael Allen (4) during last week's 34-26 win over the Rampants at Warrior Stadium. Hunt remains within the confines of Wilson County on Friday night as it visits Beddingfield.

Round 2 of county battles set to begin; Firebirds sit and wait

By Jimmy Lewis
| August 27, 2021

Opportunities to build on convincing victories await varsity football teams from Hunt and Fike High as the second week of the season prepares to kick off Friday night.  For Beddingfield, there's nowhere to go but up. And at Southern Nash, there's nothing to do but wait an entire week before returning to the field.

CCS eight-player football coach Andy Jackson oversees the start of practice Wednesday afternoon. Jackson will lead the Cyclones into a season where CCS will compete as an independent with no postseason access after departing the NCISAA. Jimmy Lewis | Times

CCS small in numbers, but expects to compete as independent

By Jimmy Lewis
| August 20, 2021

The numbers do not overwhelm and any injuries could easily alter the forecasted trajectory of the Community Christian School eight-player football team.

Beddingfield's Malik Woodard (5) tries to break the ankle tackle of SouthWest Edgecombe's Larry Jones (3) during the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference championship April 8 at Beddingfield. The Bruins continued their strong showing against EPC football foes with a runner-up finish to close membership in the league, but inconsistent participation and lack of a full sports offering played a role in a sixth-place Wells Fargo Conference Cup finish. The Bruins will attempt to forge a new identity entering play in the 2-A Neuse 6 Conference. Sheldon Vick | Special to the Times

Neuse 6 teams prepare to chart new paths

By Jimmy Lewis
| August 13, 2021

While football isn't the only sport that comprises a high school athletic program, the preseason coaches poll in the 2-A Neuse 6 Conference can be extrapolated to illustrate the task that Beddingfield High and North Johnston have in establishing themselves as contenders in the new league created by North Carolina High School Athletic Association realignment.

Head football coaches of the 2-A Neuse 6 Conference gathered for the first time Thursday at Lowell Mill Restaurant in Kenly. From left to right are Spring Creek's Daniel Robinson, Ben Ellis of Beddingfield, Michael Barnett of North Johnston, Princeton's Travis Gaster, Tim Ray of Goldsboro and Eastern Wayne's Leander Oates. Jimmy Lewis | Times

Fresh start awaits Neuse 6 football programs

By Jimmy Lewis
| August 17, 2021

KENLY — Thursday's initial meeting of 2-A Neuse 6 Conference football coaches represented a chance, in one form or another, at a fresh start for the league's six programs.

Braedon Blackford (4) of the Wilson Tobs celebrates after coming home on a two-run single by Brainy Rojas in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Wilmington Sharks at Fleming Stadium. Wilson won 6-4. Also in the photo is Riley Jepson (15), who represented the winning run. Sheldon Vick | Special to the Times

Rojas, bullpen send Tobs past Sharks 6-4

By Jimmy Lewis
| July 26, 2021

As the summer winds down, there may not be a more potent No. 9 hitter in a Coastal Plain League lineup at the moment than Brainy Rojas.

Wilson right-hander Peter Schaefer worked five innings and allowed just four hits Friday night as the Tobs blitzed the Holly Springs Salamanders 14-1 at Ting Stadium. Jimmy Lewis | Times

Tobs win fourth straight, conclude ownership of Salamanders 14-1

By Jimmy Lewis
| July 24, 2021

HOLLY SPRINGS — If the Wilson Tobs could play the Holly Springs Salamanders for the entire length of their Coastal Plain League schedule, then their place in the Petitt Cup Playoffs would likely already be secure.

Ben Ellis, a 2009 Fike graduate, can now claim playing or coaching experience at all three programs within Wilson County Schools after being tapped as the next head football coach at Beddingfield High.

Bruins invest in future with Ellis at football helm

By Jimmy Lewis
| July 23, 2021

Before guiding Beddingfield High to its only appearance in a North Carolina High School Athletic Association baseball championship series, Tommy Hawkins was given an opportunity as a young coach.

Blaize Keen, left, of Wilson Post 13 evades the tag of Kinston Post 43 pitcher Justin Strickland on his way to score in the fifth inning of Wednesday's Area I East playoff game at Fleming Stadium. Wilson lost 10-5 to end its season.

Post 13 eliminated by Kinston in Area I East playoffs

By Jimmy Lewis
| July 22, 2021

Just when it could not afford to slip back into the habits that helped produce a losing season, the Wilson Post 13 American Legion baseball team was instead shipped out of the Area I East playoffs on Wednesday night at Fleming Stadium.

Luke Allegood lines up his tee shot off the No. 1 tee during last week's opening round of the Larry Pittman Memorial/Wilson County Junior Golf Championship at Willow Springs Country Club. Allegood won the Boys 9-10 division for his third age-group title in as many tries.


Changes to Pittman Memorial find approval in return

By Jimmy Lewis
| July 21, 2021

The results are in, and a leaner Larry Pittman Memorial/Wilson County Junior Golf Championship produced the desired outcome in its 2021 return.

Wilson Post 13 head coach Matt Ballance, right, talks with umpire Leo Lockhart during a March 21 game against Kenly Post 358 at Fleming Stadium. Wilson takes the No. 3 seed into the Area I East playoffs, which begin Tuesday at Pitt County Post 39.

Post 13 baseball, softball hitting stride entering Area I playoffs

By Jimmy Lewis
| July 20, 2021

There have been ups and downs for Wilson Post 13 American Legion programs this summer, but baseball and softball outfits have shown signs of producing their best work on the eve of postseason play.

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