A glance back at the excitement, joy, pain, passion and pride during an unforgettable period in Wilson’s history... Wilson (North Carolina) Fike’s unprecedented march to three consecutive 4-A football championships in 1967-1969. Here is the story, the glory, the names and the numbers, plus an overview of Wilson High School football from 1923.
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Russell Rawlings grew up less than a mile from Fike High School. When he wasn't actually watching Coach Trevathan's Cyclones play on Friday nights, he was listening anxiously to every down on his trusty transistor.
In 1969 Rawlings started writing sports part time for the local newspaper, The Wilson Daily Times. In 1974, three months prior to his graduation from Fike High School, he started a 10 year stint with the paper as reporter and assistant sports editor. He returned in 1987 to serve for three years as managing editor.
He is a 1978 graduate of Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, and worked there for 13 years in development and public relations. He left Barton on the last day of 1999 to write this book.
Rawlings is the son of the late Gloria Thompson Rawlings and Lenox Daniel Rawlings, Jr. He is married to the former Kimberly Jan Jenkins, who first caught his eye as a freshman forward on Elm City High School's state championship basketball team of 1976-77.
The author is a lifelong resident of Wilson, N.C.Review:
"Cyclone Country is a must for those who remember the legends and love Eastern North Carolina football." -- Tim Stevens, Prep Sports Reporter, The News and Observer
"A heartfelt and accurate report of the excitement, enthusiasm and personalities during a fascinating period in NC high school sports." -- Charlie Adams, Executive Director, North Carolina High School Athletic Association
"Reading these insider stories is the most fun I've had since they tore down the Old Log Cabin Grill." -- Dennis Rogers, Fike High School, Class of '60
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Book Description The Wilson Daily Times, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110970601204
Book Description The Wilson Daily Times. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0970601204 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0542430
Book Description The Wilson Daily Times, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0970601204