The second half of the year 2019 in sports proved just as interesting as the first half, with accomplishments on the gridiron, soccer field and golf courses leading the way.


• Donald Gravitt and Mike Hailey win the Halifax Country Club Member-Member golf tournament.

• Andrew Abbott, former standout for the Halifax County High School baseball team and currently playing for the University of Virginia, is named to the 26-player Collegiate Baseball Team for 2019.

• The Halifax County Dixie Boys 13-14 all-star baseball team win both the Dixie Youth 13-14 state tournament and sportsmanship trophy.

• Kelly Chappell wins the annual Halifax Country Club Memorial Tournament.

• The Halifax County Dixie Softball Debs all-star softball team wins the state Debs softball title.


• Barbara Speece and Carol Gravitt were low gross winners at the annual Halifax Country Club Ladies Member-Member golf tournament, while Lorene Gilliam and Carolyn Young were low net winners.

• Jimmy Clay wins his second straight Green’s Folly Golf Course championship and has won the title more than 20 times.

• David Day wins his second Green’s Folly Golf Course Seniors championship in a row.

• Bruce Stone wins the Halifax Country Club championship, his third in five years.


• South Boston Speedway crowns four track champions, with Peyton Sellers winning his fifth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car title, and Danny Willis Jr. winning his fourth NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division title.

• Nathan Crews took home his first Budweiser Pure Stock Division championship, and Kevin Currin claimed his second Budweiser Hornets Division title.

• Julie Burton, former Halifax County High School and Ferrum College distance runner, is named to the Ferrum College Alumni Sports Hall of Fame.

• Green’s Folly Golf Course wins its 10th straight County Cup championship, while Halifax Country Club wins its sixth straight Senior County Cup title.

• Bridgeview Express, with team members Dave Ashwell, Billy Ford, Jay Henderson and Brad Hoppe, wins the Shriner’s Golf Tournament at Green’s Folly Golf Course.

• The Halifax County High School golf team wins the Piedmont District golf title.


• The team of Ronnie Moore, Jimmy Clay, Charles Canaday and John Morgan win the sixth annual American National Bank & Trust Chamber Fall Classic.

• David Graham and Raleigh Powell are First Flight winners at the sixth annual Slo Shootout golf tournament at Green’s Folly Golf Course. The tournament is played annually in memory of Mike “Slo” Gregory.

• Will Long and J.D. Cunningham place first and second in the 11-17-year-old age group at the Halifax Country Club Junior Club Championships. Owen Mason and Jackson Grant place first and second in the 7-10-year-old age group at the same tournament.

• Andrew Aquilante wins the GT-2 race at Virginia International Raceway and with the win earns the national championship in the class.

• The Halifax County Middle School volleyball team wins its fourth straight Junior Piedmont District tournament title with a 2-0 win over Laurel Park Middle School.

• Peyton Wallace, a member of the Halifax County High School golf team, earns a berth in the state tournament after competing in the VHSL Southside Girls Open Zone Qualifier Tournament at Green’s Folly Golf Course.

• Joe Gibbs Racing announces that Harrison Burton, son of former NASCAR competitor Jeff Burton, will drive in the Xfinity Series full-time in 2020, driving the No. 20 Toyota. Burton takes the place of Christopher Bell, who will vacate the No. 2 to move on to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season.

• Hunt-Garrett Racing, the youngest owner-driver duo in NASCAR with team owner Sam Hunt and 19-year-old driver Colin Garrett, announce the formation of a crowd-funded NASCAR Xfinity team. The team is planning to debut at Daytona in February’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race.


• The Halifax County High School varsity football team finishes with a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Piedmont District, earning the right to host its first VHSL post-season playoff game since 1991.

• Matt Craig wins the CARS Tour Super Late Model race at South Boston Speedway, and along with it the title, while Bobby McCarty captures the title with his second-place finish in the Late Model race.


• Former Halifax County High School soccer standout Gabby Nelson, a senior soccer player at Randolph-Macon College, is named to the Second Team for the 2019 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Women’s All-America team. Nelson was a First Team selection to the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference as well as being named Player of the Year, leading the conference with 27 goals including nine game-winning goals. She was a 2019 ODAC All-Tournament Team selection and an All-South Region First Team selection. Nelson, who was third in the nation in goals, tallied 62 points for the season, fourth in the nation. She was named to the 2019 Academic All-District Women’s Soccer Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

• Comets baseball hurler Christian Worley signs a National Letter of Intent to play collegiate baseball at Virginia Tech.

• Longtime Halifax County High School head girls soccer coach Sid Young announces his retirement. Young served as head coach for the Comets’ varsity girls soccer team from 2000 through the 2019 season.

• Halifax County Gun Club membership chairman John Evans is named the recipient of the Sportsman of the Year award for the gun club.