Roundup: FC's Wilkins signs; ECC softball showdown set
BY JAKE KEATOR
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Farmville Central basketball star Dy’Quavis Wilkins had plenty of reasons to celebrate Wednesday, as he signed his letter of intent to join NCAA Division II powerhouse Tusculum (Tenn.) University on his 19th birthday.
Wilkins, a 6-foot-6, 175-pound forward, won a 2-A state title in his lone season in Farmville and made sure he would have two reasons to celebrate.
“I wanted to have my signing on birthday just because it was coming up,” Wilkins joked.
FC finished with a perfect 32-0 record in the 2018-19 season, going 10-0 in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference. The Jaguars defeated Forest Hills, 86-71, to claim the 2-A title on March 16.
Wilkins said he made the decision after a visit from the Pioneers’ coaching staff.
“They came to my house for a home visit and explained to me and my parents about how the campus is and the academics,” he said. “I just knew that going there would place me on the right path for what I want to do in life.”
FC coach Larry Williford praised Wilkins’ abilities on and off the court.
“He’s obviously a great basketball player, or else he wouldn’t be in front of us now,” Williford said. “He is also a genuinely good person. Sometimes that gets lost in the picture because we focus on what they can do with the ball. We spent a lot of long nights in that gym working, he was humble and he worked hard. We know it was a transition and we’re just blessed he came here to finish up his education.”
Winning at title was the perfect end to Wilkins’ high school career.
“Winning the championship meant a lot,” he said. “We brought a whole lot of courage and set the standard for future players coming to Farmville and those that are still here.”
Williford added that after all of the accomplishments his squad reached this season, signing days remain a favorite.
“These days are some of the most special,” Williford said. “In some aspects they’re even bigger than the state championship day because this is a chance for a young man to put himself ahead in life and get a good education.”
Tusuclum finished 16-13 overall last season, going 12-8 in the South Athletic Conference. The Pioneers fell to Lenoir-Rhyne, 70-58, in the SAC tournament quarterfinals.
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West Craven 10, Greene Central 1
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TEACH 5, Mattamuskeet 1
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D.H. Conley 10, Havelock 1
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Gabrielle Kirkman had a trick, and Lydia Overly added two goals.
D.H. Conley 11, Southern Wayne 1
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Lexi Phillips went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs versus SW, while Maggie Craig (2-for-2, 2B), Carson Fleming (2-for-2, 2 Rs) and Anna Sawyer (2-for-2, 2B, 2 Rs, 2 RBIs) also had strong outings.
South Central 8, C.B. Aycock 6
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Madison Deanes (2-for-3, 2 Rs, BB) and Marissa Roach (3-for-4, 2 Rs, 2 RBIs) led the way for SC.
The Falcons (16-1, 10-1) will look to avenge their only loss of the season when they travel to face D.H. Conley.
Hope baseball 16
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The winning pitcher was Connor Edwards, who gave up one hit and struck out seven batters. Offensive leaders for Hope were Colby Case( 2-for-3) and James Elpers (3-for-3, 2 RBIs).