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Fike senior quarterback Demari Daniels walks onto the field before the Golden Demons’ home game against Hunt on Oct. 29. Daniels, named the Tom Ham Athlete of the Year as presented by The Wilson Times, proved to be as great of a teammate and a leader as an athlete mainly through his positive outlook and infectious optimism.


Daniels uplifts, inspires as well as awes

By Paul Durham
| May 27, 2022

Now it's the “little” brother's turn. Demari Daniels, the third son of Latonya and David Daniels to ...

Fike High senior Demari Daniels stands with the nearly 5-foot trophy signifying he is the Tom Ham Athlete of the Year as presented by The Wilson Times after playing four sports. The Times Offensive Player of the Year in football, Daniels also played basketball, baseball and ran track for the Golden Demons.


Daniels did it all for Demons

By Paul Durham
| May 27, 2022

With a song in his heart and a smile on his face, Fike High senior Demari Daniels was both spectacul...

Fike’s Karys Wheeler (1) looks for a passing option during a 9-0 win over Smithfield-Selma.

Hunt, Fike red hot to start conference play

By Andrew Schnittker
| March 27, 2022

Across the state, conference play for the 2021-22 high school girls soccer team is underway. For two...

Wilson Councilman A.P. Coleman, right, shakes hands with Councilman Tom Fyle during Coleman’s final council meeting in May 2019. Coleman, who served on the council for 38 years, died Wednesday.

Longtime councilman remembered as ‘servant leader’

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 16, 2022

Former Wilson City Councilman A.P. Coleman died early Wednesday morning. “Wilson mourns the passing ...

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
| May 24, 2022

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.

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