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Matt Mercer kicks a stack of wood planks during testing and eventual promotion for his sixth-degree black belt in May.

Humble master: Mercer attains sixth-degree black belt

For one extra degree of separation, Matt Mercer walked a long road. As the owner of Dong’s Martial Arts School in Wilson, the 42-year old fifth-degree black belt is not one to have an …
ShaKei Hines of Hunt will continue his basketball and academic careers at the University of Mount Olive after signing with the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Trojans this week.

Hunt’s Hines signs with Mount Olive

ShaKei Hines responded to the challenge of greater leadership this season for his Hunt High varsity boys basketball team by helping the Warriors to 17 wins and being named 3-A Big East Conference …
Right-hander Ryan Miller of North Carolina Central University is one of three pitchers signed by the Wilson Tobs for the 2020 Coastal Plain League season.

Tobs add 3 right-handers as season nears

The Wilson Tobs recently added a trio of right-handed pitchers to their roster as the summer collegiate baseball Coastal Plain League season approaches. Joining the team for its 24th season as a …
“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 …
In this photo that appeared in the June 6, 1970, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, Marianne Mattox and Jean Walston prepare to play each other in the Wilson Junior Invitational Tennis Tournament at Fike High.

Junior tennis tourney concludes

The Wilson Junior Invitational Tennis Tournament concluded after press deadline on the Fike High courts. Advancing in the girls 18-under second round were Linda Slawson, Ellen Warren and Patricia …
School Sports
Student-athlete of the week
Olivia Neal scored two goals and dished out four assists her junior year for the Huskies.

Student Athlete of the Week: Olivia Neal

Editor’s note: Each week, The Wake Weekly will honor a local high school senior athlete who put in years of work in a sport, but who won’t finish their final season after COVID-19 ended spring …
Guess Who?

Brookdale thankful for COVID-19 relief donations

Dexter Lawrence's mother, Julia Parker, left, pictured with Brookdale staff worker, June McFadden, right, after donating 47 gift bags full of COVID-19 relief items. Contributed photo
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, …
The Wake Forest Fungo baseball team includes players who graduated from local high schools such as Wake Forest, Heritage and Rolesville. Contributed photo.

Wake Forest Fungo to start season June 6

WAKE FOREST — Things are slowly getting back to normal in the world of sports and Wake Forest’s collegiate summer baseball league team, the Fungo, will head up that charge back to …
Wakefield quarterback Trexler Ivey threw for 2,641 yards and 27 touchdowns in his senior year.

NCCA cancels East-West All-Star games

WAKE FOREST — The North Carolina Coaches Association (NCCA) Board of Directors made the decision Thursday May 28 to cancel all of the scheduled East-West All-Star games and on-side Coaching …

Get to know your sports editor

I have put so much time and effort writing about other people that you readers probably have no idea who I am. Well, considering that sports have slowed down a bunch because of the COVID-19 outbreak, …
College Sports
Wake Forest's Isaiah Pipkin (No. 25) runs out onto the field at home with his teammates before they take on Middle Creek.

Cougar football player catching the attention of college recruiters

WAKE FOREST - Wake Forest High School's football program has produced numerous collegiate-level players and you can go ahead and add Isaiah Pipkin to that list. Pipkin is a junior outside …
North Raleigh Christian Academy's Brooke Robinson's career-best time in cross country is 18:49. Contributed Photo

NRCA produces 11 scholarship athletes

RALEIGH - North Raleigh Christian Academy (NRCA) had 11 student-athletes sign with their respective college to play at the next level. Brooke Robinson will run track and field, plus cross country …

Virtual NFL Draft had funny moments, odd picks

We finally have some sports to talk about after the completion of the 2020 NFL Draft. The event was done virtually with everyone announcing their picks via video chat. There were some big moments …
Community Sports
Wake Forest High School boys basketball head coach Greg Ackles. Contributed Photo

Cougars hire Greg Ackles as new basketball coach

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest announced the hiring of Greg Ackles as their new boys basketball head coach Friday May 22. Ackles is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University and Grand Canyon …
Pro Sports

Sports are back, sort of

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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