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Fike head coach Tom Nelson looks on during preseason scrimmage action at C.B. Aycock's Hardy Talton Stadium in August 2019 in Pikeville. Like the rest of the NCHSAA's football programs, the Golden Demons have had spring practice canceled due to COVID-19.

Losing time by the day: Shutdown kills spring football practice with summer already in doubt

Once upon a time, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association put football squarely in the same category as all its other fall sports. Any and all football activity was to begin on Aug. 1, …
Wilson Christian’s Seth Quinn gets ready to throw a pitch during a game at Beddingfield on March 5. The N.C. Christian School Association announced Tuesday that is canceling the remainder of its spring sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Short season: NCCSA cancels remainder of spring sports

The North Carolina Christian School Association became the first state organization to cancel the remainder of its spring sports season Tuesday as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Citing …
Matt Ballance, left, coaches third base as Post 13 base runner Austin Slate stands beside him during a Wilson American Legion Post 13 baseball game last summer. Ballance has been named head coach for this season, succeeding Noah Edens.

Post 13 has Ballance for 2020

With an emphasis upon attracting the best high school and college baseball talent in the county, Matt Ballance, a Wilson County native, is stepping into the role of head coach for the Wilson American …
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Student-athlete of the week
Alphonso Bardes is Franklin Academy's lone senior on the baseball squad. Contributed Photo

Student athlete of the week: Alphonso Bardes

WAKE FOREST - Since the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has postponed spring sports until May 18, The Wake Weekly will like to honor the high school senior student athletes …
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Wake Forest High School's Connor Kitson starts at goalkeeper for NCFC Youth Soccer. Contributed Photo

How COVID-19 has affected youth soccer

WAKE FOREST - North Carolina Futbol Club (NCFC) youth soccer was entering the peak of its season until it was shut down by the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Before the season was …
Babe Allen has been a high school and college umpire for more than three decades. Allen, also an NCHSAA regional supervisor for umpires, said that the shutdown due to the coronavirus is taking its toll on game officials, many of whom rely on the additional income. Contributed photo

Sidelined: How COVID-19 affects umpires

In the days since the COVID-19 pandemic sidelined the sports world, Babe Allen’s phone has been blowing up with text messages. On March 23, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association …
Wakefield's Vernon Fraley recorded career-high numbers as a senior and is still looking to sign with a university. Marty Simpkins | The Wake Weekly

How COVID-19 is affecting college recruiting

WAKE FOREST — With the COVID-19 outbreak affecting universities, community colleges and high schools all over the globe, recruiting for student athletes has taken a big hit. Schools are not …
Jayden Gardner led the American Athletic Conference with 19.7 points per game as a sophomore. Contributed Photo

Former Husky riding on top at ECU

WAKE FOREST — Former Heritage High School boys basketball player Jayden Gardner finished his sophomore year first team all-district and second team all-conference at East Carolina …
Knightdale super slinger Jaden Davis delivers her diamond gem. She racked up 10 strikeouts against one walk during a five-inning no-hitter. Don Fuller | Special to The Wake Weekly

Knightdale softball boasts best start

KNIGHTDALE — Though the Knightdale High softball squad’s best start in school history (4-0) might be spoiled by its shortest prep season on record due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it bowed out for …
College Sports

Rolesville football player signs with UNC

Rolesville's Jonathan Adorno pictured with his family and coaches as he signed with UNC-Chapel Hill.
ROLESVILLE - Rolesville High School football player Jonathan Adorno held his official signing for UNC-Chapel Hill at the school Friday.  Adorno was joined on stage with his father, his …
Community Sports

NCHSAA extends date to bring back high school athletics

WAKE FOREST - In response to Governor Roy Cooper's executive order closing all North Carolina public schools through May 15th, North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Commissioner …
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Mudcats falter, drop series to Salem

ZEBULON — After a modest three-game winning streak, the Carolina Mudcats’ offense deserted them again in back-to-back Advanced-A Carolina League losses to the Salem Red Sox over the …
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