Eclipse alters Monday area slate

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The phrase “once in a lifetime” is often overused.
But for athletic programs under the auspices of Wilson County Schools, it won’t be Monday.
Due to the solar eclipse passing through North Carolina on Monday afternoon, school officials made the decision to cancel all games involving Wilson teams Monday. Practices may be conducted after 6 p.m. at the discretion of each individual coach. Emails announcing the edict were sent around the district Saturday afternoon.
On the private school front, Community Christian’s volleyball games at Greenville Oakwood will remain as scheduled. CCS’s scheduled boys soccer game at Oakwood has been bumped back half an hour from 5 until 5:30 p.m., according to Cyclones athletic director Bryan Walker. The eclipse cancellation has also thrown an uncommon wrench into any plans to finish Fike’s varsity football game at Northern Durham. Delayed twice by lightning before finally succumbing on the third stoppage, the Golden Demons led 28-25 with possession on the Northern Durham 13-yard line in the third quarter.
Fike head coach Tom Nelson, along with Wilson County Schools athletic director Jimmy Tillman, told the Times on Saturday that the game would be considered official with the Demons coming out on top. Fike travels to East Wake on Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.