Just as I promised, wilsontimes.com will be the site of a fun venture for area sports fans — The Wilsy Awards. This inaugural campaign is meant as a fun way to look back at the people and events that shaped the last 12 months in area sports community.
I'm going to float the initial list of categories and nominees so that anyone who wants to make an addition can do so now. The final ballot will go up on wilsontimes.com in about a week and fans may vote for their picks at that time. Voting will last about a month and we will announce the winners sometime in July.
Sorry for being so vague about the dates but I'll have more information in a few days. Keep in mind that this contest is all in fun and winners will not receive actual trophies or awards. This contest is all about you, the fan, so make sure you make your opinions heard and your votes count.
Best male athlete: Bobby White, Hunt; Paxton Barnes, Greenfield; Matt Watson, Southern Nash; Terry Davis, Beddingfield; Brian McNair,Greenfield; Jarred Hinton, Greenfield; David Hesmer, Hunt; Brian Leggett, Barton; Errol Frails, Barton; David Gibbons, Fike
Best female athlete: Laura Hanson, Fike; Tramicka James, Fike; Jean Best, Beddingfield; Laura Langley, Southern Nash; Casey Elliott, Beddingfield; Esty Flores, Barton; Jessica Galasso, Barton; Allie Wilkerson, Barton; Meredith Pruden, Fike
Best coach: Toni Varacchi,Fike boys and girls soccer; Donald Clark, Greene Central girls tennis; Luke Vail, Charles B. Aycock girls tennis; Will Flowers, Fike baseball; Rhine Sharp, Community Christian girls soccer; Debra Pegram, Beddingfield girls basketball; Brad Joyner, Southern Nash boys tennis; Ben Forbes, Greenfield girls and boys soccer
Best team: Fike boys soccer; Greenfield boys soccer; Greene Central girls tennis; Fike boys golf; Southern Nash boys tennis; Fike baseball; Beddingfield girls basketball; Community Christian girls soccer
Best game: Fike-Lake Norman in boys soccer 3-A state championship; Fike-Jacksonville in boys soccer 3-A East Regional championship; Fike-Rocky Mount football; Fike-Rocky Mount baseball second meeting (9-8 Fike in 11 innings); Fike-Rocky Mount baseball third meeting (1-0 Fike); Mount Olive-Barton in nationally televised regular-season finale
Most memorable play: Beddingfield-Kinston football: Bruins face fourth down-and-33 yards but fake punt leads to first down and eventual victory; Sound Doctrine Christian Academy's Donte Poole pulls off an eight-point play against Charis Prep's basketball team; Casey Elliott’s four-point play with 1.7 seconds to keeps the Beddingfield girls basketball team undefeated with 70-69 win at Southern Wayne; Barton freshman guard Greg Mammel’s layup just before buzzer beats Mount Olive in men's basketball regular-season finale; Auburn Smith's overtime goal sends Community Christian to the NCISAA 1-A championship game
Wildest finish: Beddingfield beats Hunt in two-overtime football game; Casey Elliott’s four-point play with 1.7 seconds to keeps the Beddingfield girls basketball team undefeated with 70-69 win at Southern Wayne; Aaron Suggs’ buzzer-beat gives Barton men's basketball team a win against Coker; Hunt clips Gray's Creek in 3-A girls soccer playoff after on-field brawl is broken up by parent; Community Christian wins NCISAA 1-A girls soccer state championship on penalty kicks; Fike freshman Leslie Finch belts a three-run home run to cap a five-run seventh inning in the Lady Golden Demons' 5-3 softball victory at SouthWest Edgecombe
Biggest upset: Beddingfield beats Hunt in two-overtime football game; Fike surprises Jacksonville in boys soccer 3-A East Regional final; Barton downs Mount Olive in Conference Carolinas regular-season men's basketball finale in front of national television audience; No. 8-seeded Community Christian runs the table to win the NCISAA 1-A girls soccer state championship; Eastern Wayne topples Beddingfield girls basketball team in Eastern Carolina Conference Tournament championship; Hunt beats Fike in girls soccer for first time in six years