Matthew Haynes

RECORD SETTING CAREER — Matthew Haynes (second from left) is joined by his grandfather, Theodore Haynes, his father, Matt Haynes, and Haywood Christian Academy Athletic Director Joe Smith.

Matthew Haynes, a four-year basketball starter at Haywood Christian Academy, was honored for his achievements at a recent athletic awards program.

The graduating senior scored 1,353 points at HCA. Haynes is the first Red Wolf basketball player to score 1,000 or more points during a varsity career. He also holds the single game scoring record with 45 points.

Haynes averaged 20.1 points per game over four years and helped lead the Red Wolf team to conference championships in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons. He earned all conference recognition and was voted MVP of the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament this year.

More impressive however is that Haynes is an honor student and the valedictorian of his class. He will be attending N.C. State University to pursue an engineering degree.

Athletic Director Joe Smith said of Haynes: “We are very proud to recognize Matthew for his outstanding play and leadership on the basketball court, but also for his outstanding effort in the classroom.”

HCA will be playing in its newly completed gym and staff give a nod to the senior players for helping in the effort to complete the facility.

“Matthew, Caleb Herbert, Joel Page, Peyton Holcombe, Emanual Roundy and Cody Hansen and the success of our basketball program had a lot to do with our efforts to get a new gym on our campus,” Smith said.

“HCA has given me the opportunity to excel not only on the basketball court but in the classroom,” Haynes said about his years at HCA. “While HCA has been my home for the past four years, I cannot deny the support of from my teammates and coaching staff throughout my career. I am very thankful for everyone that has helped me along this journey.”

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