Area Sports: Brad Hinson starts Monday as Rowan AD; Catawba men win in OT

Published 1:17 am Sunday, December 11, 2022


From staff reports

Brad Hinson will start work as  the new Rowan-Salisbury Schools Director of Athletics on Monday.

Hinson was the athletic director at Mount Pleasant  the last four seasons.

Prior to that he was at Cox Mill for 10 years, serving as basketball coach and AD.

He is a Wingate alum and a former football player for the Bulldogs.

He is married with a daughter and describes himself as a fan of the UNC Tar Heels and San Francisco 49ers.

HS football

Salisbury’s record-setting back JyMikaah Wells has been offered by Barton.


CHAPEL HILL — New Bern beat Grimsley 40-28 in a battle of unbeaten teams on Friday night to win the 4A state championship.

New Bern, a triple option team, did not attempt a single pass, but ran for 401 yards.

It was the seventh state title for New Bern.


CHAPEL HILL — East Duplin beat Reidsville 24-21 on Saturday afternoon to win the school’s first 2A football state championship.

Avery Gaby ran 37 times for 190 yards as East Duplin beat a Reidsville program that has won 19 state titles.


RALEIGH —  The Mount Airy Granite Bears  rode a strong defensive performance to a 20-7 victory over Tarboro on Saturday to win the 1A state championship.

Tyler Mason carried 23 times for 139 yards and all three touchdowns for the Bears, who walloped North Rowan in the second round.

It was the seventh state title for Mount Airy, but the first since 2008.

Mount Airy’s head coach is former Salisbury assistant J.K. Atkins.


RALEIGH — East Lincoln dominated the second quarter in a matchup of undefeated teams and beat Northern  Nash 30-15 on Saturday night for the 3A state title.

Tyler Mizell threw for 323 yards for the Mustangs, who won their third state championship.


College football

Georgia’s Jalon Walker (Salisbury) was named to the All-Freshman team for Southeastern Conference.

Catawba men

NEWBERRY, S.C. — Javeon Jones hit a pair of free throws with three seconds left in overtime to lift Catawba to a 97-95 South Atlantic Conference victory at Newberry on Saturday afternoon at Eleazer Arena.

Newberry erased a 17-point deficit to get the game to overtime.

Jones scored the last points of regulation at the foul line with 24 seconds left.

Catawba (6-3, 2-0)

Six players reached double figures for Catawba, led by Jones’ 22 on 8-of-11 shooting. He added five rebounds and five assists.

Peyton Gerald followed with 15 points.  and Adrian Scarborough totaled 14. Dre Nelson added a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds with Kris Robinson rounding out the starting five with 11 points.

Ray Kowalski picked up 11 points off the bench.

The Indians shot 56 pecent and were 10-for-22 on 3-pointers.

Catawba is at home on Wednesday, hosting Coker at 7:30 p.m. following the women’s game.

Catawba women

NEWBERRY, S.C. —  Catawba couldn’t overcome 33-percent shooting and lost 67-58 at Newberry on Saturday.

Catawba (8-2, 2-1) got down 17-5  early, but came back to take a three-point lead in the fourth quarter.

The Wolves (5-5, 1-1) outscored Catawba 12-0 in the stretch run as the Indians missed their last eight shots.

Newberry turned it over 29 times but out-rebounded and out-shot the Indians. Ericka Wisely scored 17 for the Wolves.

  Lyrik Thorne scored 23 for the Indians. Janiya Downs (South Rowan) scored 12 and had six rebounds.

Catawba   14  15   13  16  — 58

Newberry 21  16   12  18  — 67     

Catawba scoring — Thorne 23, Downs 12, Porter 7, McIntosh 6, Wampler 3, Dubose 3, Baker 2, Spry 2.

Women’s basketball

Bryanna Troutman (Salisbury) had 16 points and nine rebounds for Wingate in Saturday’s 78-74 win against Fayetteville State.


In a 78-63 loss to Greensboro, Hannah Isley (Carson) had eight points and eight rebounds for Pfeiffer.

Jaleiah Gibson (Salisbury) had three points and seven rebounds for the Falcons.

CIAA men’s hoops

Pharoah Lassiter’s only bucket was a 3-pointer with three seconds left to play.

That shot lifted the Livingstone men to a 104-103 non-conference win at Anderson on Saturday.

Teon Tiller scored 27 for Livingstone (4-4). Detionne Leach had 19, and DeMarr McCrae scored 16.

Livingstone shot 48.5 percent, made 10 3-pointers and committed only nine turnovers.


Jailen Williams (Carson) had six points and eight rebounds as Claflin nipped Shaw 82-80 in a CIIAA game on Saturday.

HS wrestling

Carson won 48-31 against Salisbury and 45-36 against A.L. Brown on Friday.

Going 2-0 for the Cougars were Joseph Little, Gabe Flaminio, Parker Mills, Christian Kluttz, Tristin Clawson and Trey Hill.


East Rowan won 66-18 against Northwest Cabarrus on Friday.

HS basketball

Rockwell Christian rolled  95-45 against Statesville’s Southview Christian on Thursday.

Jacob Mills shot 6-for-8 on 3-pointers and scored 28 for the Chargers (10-2). Chasen Hall scored 17. Drew Neve had 15 points and 16 rebounds. CP Perry scored 14.


The Board of Trustees at Catawba Valley Community College approved a reduction in force effective Jan. 1, 2023.

Budget cuts are going to drastically affect  sports programs.

The school’s volleyball and cross country programs have been suspended. Winter and spring sports, including a very successful baseball program,  will have a 2023 season, but it may be the last one.