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Wilson Tobs outfielder Dusty Baker (31), scoring a run during the Tobs’ 19-0 win over the Peninsula Pilots in the Coastal Plain League season opener Thursday, July 2, at Fleming Stadium, went 5 for 6 in the Tobs’ 20-8 victory Friday night at Peninsula. The teams will play again Sunday at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, Va.

Tobs hammer Pilots for second straight night, 20-8

    HAMPTON, Va. — It’s almost as if the Wilson Tobs picked up a head start on the rest of the Coastal Plain League’s Mid-Atlantic Division. If not all three of …
Dusty Baker (31) and Jared Carr (6) of the Wilson Tobs exchange elbow bumps as Carr returns to the dugout during a June 26 exhibition against the Tarboro River Bandits at Fleming Stadium. Elbows and fists are a common greeting or acknowledgment in pandemic era baseball.

Creativity, gratitude keeps local baseball afloat

In pandemic-era baseball, it takes a village to keep some sense of normalcy afloat. That’s been put on display in the summer of 2020 by the Coastal Plain League and representatives of …
"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 photo, …
In this photo from the July 4, 2001, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, Wilson Tobs shortstop Blake Whealy, left, throws the ball to first base after forcing out Edenton Steamers’ Spencer Preston during a Coastal Plain League game at Fleming Stadium.

Tobs win first-half crown

Behind a solid effort from starting pitcher Jeremy Plexico, the Wilson Tobs slammed the Edenton Steamers 11-2 on a “sweet summer night at Fleming Stadium” to win the first-half crown of …
School Sports
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North Johnston track standout Caroline Leegins will transition from the Lady Panthers to Barton College after signing with the NCAA Division II Lady Bulldogs.

7 make college choices official at North Johnston signing ceremony

KENLY — Seven graduating seniors at North Johnston High made official their college choices during a signing ceremony June 4 at the school. Caroline Leegins signed with NCAA Division II Barton …

All-GNRC cheerleading team announced

The hard work of countless cheerleaders from football through basketball season did not go unnoticed. On the All-Greater Neuse River Conference team, 11 cheerleaders were honored …

All-GNRC indoor track

For the winter indoor track season, Cleveland captured a pair of Greater Neuse River Conference titles to land atop the standings.  In the girls standings, the Rams edged out Clayton for the …
Smithfield-Selma wrestler Michael Nichols looks for an advantage while wrestling Neuse Charter's Thorn Grove on Nov. 20. Nichols was named an all-Greater Neuse River Conference wrestler for the Spartans.

GNRC produces 23 all-conference wrestlers

A season of bouts on the mat yielded 23 All-Greater Neuse River Conference wrestlers who earned their fair-share of victories this season. West Johnston 132-pound wrestler Gavin McKendrick, who …
College Sports

Area grads start college football season

The first college start of former Corinth Holders standout and Duke true freshman offensive tackle Jacob Monk headlined the participation of Johnstonian News readership area players in week one of …

Wooten and Cuddington named Preseason All-Big South

Two Campebll University redshirt senior football players hailing from the Johnstonian News readership area were named to the Preseason All-Big South football team announced Tuesday at the …
Community Sports

Clements prevails in Limited Late Model Division at SNMP

Brandon Clements, center, poses with car owner Cal Clements and wife, Cali, after winning Sunday's Limited Late Model event at SNMP.
LUCAMA — Brandon Clements scored his first Southern National Motorsports Park Limited Late Model win since 2012 in spectacular fashion, holding off Tony Grady in a breathtaking duel in …
Pro Sports
Professional baseball player Jerry Sands, a former Smithfield-Selma High School standout, poses with his wife, Morgan, and their two sons, Eli and Tucker, after signing with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball in December 2019. Contributed photo

International pastime: Former SSS standout continues his career in Asia

When Jerry Sands traded his Wilson Tobs uniform for that of a Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor league team in June of 2008, little did the Smithfield-Selma High product realize he was beginning a journey …
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