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Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame Announces Six New Members

April 20, 2009

Category: Alumni, Athletics, Events


Six new members will be inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame on May 2, during the festivities of the Hall of Fame's 31st anniversary.

The inductees are (with graduation year): Henry C. Bernhardt '50 of Salisbury; Randy Brown '89 of Evesham Township, N.J.; Todd Lipe '91 of Greenville, N.C.; Marvin Moore '99 of Concord; Tom Sexton '79 of Salisbury; and Selena Wilkes Tory '96 of Spartanburg, S.C.

The induction ceremony, sponsored by the Catawba College Chiefs Club, will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. The luncheon will be held in Kirkland Lobby of the Abernethy Physical Education Center. On Friday, May 1, the Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held at The Country Club of Salisbury at 1 p.m. (Registration Info)

The Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1977 and this year's inductees will bring the total number of members to 153.

Following are the achievements of this year's inductees:

HENRY C. BERNHARDT
BernhardtBernhardt is credited as creator and founder of the Catawba College Chiefs Club in 1976, while he was the first Director of Development at the college, a position he held for 14 years.

A 1950 Catawba graduate, Bernhardt has always been known as a dedicated supporter and fan of Catawba athletics. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.
Bernhardt received the college's Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1981.

After he left the college, Bernhardt was president of his own development consulting firm for 20 years. He also served as executive vice president of the Salisbury-Rowan Merchants Association.

Now retired, Bernhardt lives in Salisbury with his wife, Jo Ann. They have four grown children.


RANDY BROWN
BrownBrown, a place kicker on the football team (1985-88), earned second team NAIA All-American and first team All-South Atlantic Conference honors in 1988. Brown was a key player in the Indians' SAC championship and NAIA playoff appearance that season.

While at Catawba, Brown set 10 kicking and scoring records, four of which are still standing. During his career, Brown scored 234 points (third all-time), making 40 of 65 field goal attempts and 114 of 118 extra points.
In addition to earning all-conference honors on the field, Brown was a three-time All-SAC Academic team member.

School records that Brown still holds include 86 points and 18 field goals in a season (1988). He was perfect on 32 extra point attempts in 1988.

He has served as a kicking consultant for the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. Brown has also enjoyed work as commentator on ESPN radio and as a contributor to Comcast Sportsnet.

Brown, who resides in Marlton, N.J., was elected Mayor of Evesham Township in 2007.


TODD LIPE
LipeLipe was a starting defensive lineman for four seasons (1986-87) and (1989-90), missing the entire1988 campaign with an injury. Lipe, a local product from East Rowan High School, still owns the Catawba career record of 29 quarterback sacks.

A two-time All-American (first team in 1990; second team in 1989), Lipe was a three-time first team All-South Atlantic Conference selection. He was voted as the team's most valuable player in 1990 when he  had 68 tackles, 18 for loss (9 sacks).

For his career, Lipe made 280 tackles, including 51 for losses.

Always considered a fierce competitor, Lipe teamed up with Albert Ashley to stop a Carson-Newman ball carrier at the goal line on fourth down to preserve a historic 2-0 victory in 1987.

Following graduation, Lipe entered the coaching ranks and served on the staffs at A.L. Brown, Richmond County and Washington (NC) high schools and Charleston Southern University and the University of North Carolina.

Lipe was defensive coordinator on high school staffs that won six state championships in North Carolina.
Four of the championships were at Greenville (NC) Rose High School, where Lipe was defensive coordinator from 2002 until 2007. He was promoted to head coach at Greenville Rose in 2008.


MARVIN MOORE
MooreMoore, an All-American in men's basketball, played at Catawba for four years (1995-99) and compiled some unbelievable numbers from his guard position.

Moore is the only player in Catawba and South Atlantic Conference history with over 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals in a career. He was SAC Player of the Year, SAC Tournament MVP, SAC Athlete of the Year and All-American in 1999.

A three-time All-SAC selection, Moore scored 1,556 points during his career, 11th all-time at Catawba. He ranks second at Catawba and third in the SAC all-time with 522 career assists.

Moore ranks second in all-time SAC scoring average for a season with 21.7 points per game (1999) and his is the all-time career steals leader at Catawba with 260.

Moore received the Kirkland Award as the top senior male athlete at Catawba in 1999 and was inducted into the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame in 2003.

Currently, Moore is an assistant principal at Elizabeth Hanford Dole Elementary School and part-time assistant basketball coach at Catawba. He and his wife, Jessica, reside in Concord with their six-month-old daughter, Sydney.


TOM SEXTON
SextonSexton, a place kicker on Catawba's football teams in 1976-79, has had a long and distinguished career as a teacher and coach at Salisbury High School.

Sexton earned first team All-South Atlantic Conference honors in 1978 as a senior when he set two school records – five field goals against Carson-Newman and most points by kicking in a single game (18) that same day.
A year earlier, in 1977 against Newberry, Sexton kicked a 53-yard field goal, still the longest in school history. Sexton's kick won the game, 13-10. He had two other game-winning field goals during his career, against Newberry in 1976 and against Wofford that same year.

Following graduation, Sexton began teaching and coaching in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools, most of which came at Salisbury High School.

Under Sexton, Salisbury's baseball team won four conference championships and the Hornets advanced to the state semifinals in 1983 and 1984. He was either the Rowan County or conference baseball Coach of the Year eight times.

Sexton achieved even more success as the boys' soccer coach at Salisbury, compiling 18 consecutive winning seasons. As the Hornets' head soccer coach 1990-present, Sexton has led Salisbury to a record of 309-103-26 and 11 conference championships.

Sexton has been selected as the Region Coach of the Year in 1999, 2005 and 2006. He led the Hornets to state semifinal appearances in 1944, 1996, 1999, 2001 and 2008.

Sexton also served as head coach in swimming for several years and as an assistant coach in football and golf.
Also well-known for his instructing abilities, Sexton was selected as Teach of the Year at Salisbury in 1990 and Rowan-Salisbury Schools Teacher of the Year in 1991.

Sexton resides in Salisbury with his wife, Cathy. They have two grown daughters, Taylor and Holly.


SELENA WILKES TORY
ToryWilkes was a four-year setter and captain of the women's volleyball team (1992-95) but also played a year of basketball and a year of softball. She could have played golf as well, but it prior to Catawba adding a women's golf team.

A three-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection and Player of the Year in 1995, Wilkes ranks second all-time in career assists in volleyball with 3,761. Wilkes also holds the school record for the most serving aces in a career with 220. She set the then-school record for assists in one match with 70.

Wilkes, a third team All-American in 1995, was inducted into the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame in 2005.
Wilkes was a point guard in basketball for two seasons and a pitcher for one year in softball (1994). She was selected as the Betty Lomax Award winner in 1996, as the top female athlete in the senior class.

After graduation, Wilkes pursued a golf career. She was a member of the LPGA Futures Tour in both 1997-99 and 2002-04.

Wilkes now resides in Spartanburg, S.C., with her husband, Andrew. Selena is a branch manager for Liberty Natural Life.


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