Halifax County sports continued to thrive at every level in 2019.
The Comets varsity football team finished with a 7-3 regular-season record and hosted its first VHSL playoff game since 1991, and the Comets varsity boys’ basketball team won the region championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the VHSL 5D class state tournament.
Other school teams experienced their usual level of success, including the Comets varsity baseball and softball teams, with the baseball team advancing to is third straight state tournament.
The Halifax County High School boys tennis team won the Piedmont District regular season and tournament titles with a 14-0 record (10-0 Piedmont District).
School sports success extended to the middle school level, with the softball team winning its eighth Piedmont District tournament title in a row, and the girls soccer team winning its first-ever Junior Piedmont District.
A number of high school athletes will continue their sports careers in college.
One former Comets athletic standout, soccer player Gabby Nelson, capped a four-year career at Randolph-Macon College with her selection to the Second Team of the 2019 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Women’s All-America team.
Sports highlights from January through June, in no particular order, include:
• Kenneth Davis, a member of the Halifax County High School indoor track team, breaks the school record in the 55-meter hurdles at the Liberty Premier Meet in Lynchburg.
Davis ran the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 7.72 seconds, breaking the record of 7.82 seconds set by Clyde Scott in 2009.
• Halifax County native Person High School football standout Josh Harris signs to play football at North Carolina State.
• Halifax County native Michael Ferrell is named the head coach for the Person High School varsity softball team.
• Halifax County native Deaja Richardson, currently a Kernersville, North Carolina resident who played scholastic basketball at Westridge Academy, signs to play collegiate basketball at the University of Tennessee.
• The Halifax County High School boys basketball team wins the VHSL Region 5 championship with a 76-64 win over Potomac High School, garnering its first state tourney berth in 44 years.
The Comets make the quarterfinal round of the Class 5 state tournament before losing 59-48 to Freedom High School-South Riding.
• DG/Unarco wins the South Boston Business & Industrial League regular season and tournament basketball title with a 99-95 win over Aquatics/Tvilum.
• The Halifax County High School girls swim team wins its third straight Piedmont District title.
• Halifax County High School wrestling standout Tyler Mabe qualifies for the VHSL Class 5 state tournament with a fourth-place finish in the 152-pound weight classs at the VHSL Class 5 Region D Tournament.
• The Halifax County indoor track team qualifies seven athletes for the Class 5 indoor track state meet, including Jeremy Watkins, Ali Ferrell, Kenneth Davis Jr., Jquaycia Brown, Spencer Hargrave, Jaden Waller and Thomas Lee.
• Halifax County/South Boston Sports Hall of Fame inductees include NASCAR racing standout Jeff Burton, Halifax County High School and University of Virginia baseball standout Keith Lee, Halifax County High School and VMI baseball standout Greg Weddle and the late Halifax County High School baseball and football coach Fred Palmore.
• Benchmark wins both the regular season and tournament titles in the South Boston Business & Industrial 30 & Over Basketball title.
• Halifax County High School baseball players Colt LaRue, Shaun Perkins and Troy Ferrell all sign National Letters of Intent, LaRue to play at Averett University, Perkins to play at Patrick Henry Community College, and Ferrell to play at Roanoke College.
• Halifax County High School softball standout Lauryn Chappell commits to play softball at Roanoke College.
• Peter Gasperini, former Halifax County High School golf standout and member of the Radford University golf team, is named to the All-Big South Men’s golf team.
• The Halifax County Middle School softball team wins its eighth Piedmont District tournament title in a row with an 8-2 win over Ben Franklin Middle School.
• The Halifax County Middle School girls soccer team wins its first-ever Junior Piedmont District title with a win over Laurel Park Middle School, finishing the season with a 14-1-1 record.
• The Halifax County High School boys tennis team wins the Piedmont District regular season and tournament titles with a 14-0 record (10-0 Piedmont District).
The boys tennis team subsequently qualifies for its first-ever VHSL Class 5 state tournament appearance with a 5-4 win over Brooke Point High School.
• The Halifax County High School girls tennis team wins the Piedmont District tournament title.
• Halifax County High School track standout Herbert Brooks signs with VMI to continue his track career.
• Woody and Jimmy Clay win their third straight Halifax Country Club member-guest tournament.
• The Halifax County High School varsity baseball team captures its third straight state tournament berth with a 7-0 win over Mountain View High School and reaches the state semifinals with a 11-0 win over Stone Bridge High School before falling to Mills Godwin High School 5-4.
• The Halifax County High School varsity softball team captures its third state tournament berth in four years with a 6-3 win over North Stafford High School before losing to Stone Bridge High School 4-3 in the VHSL Class 5 state tournament quarterfinals.
• Woody Clay and Brad Mele win the Greens Folly Member-Guest golf tournament.
• Shaun Perkins and Drew Harlow are named First Team, VHSL Class 5 all-state baseball team.
• Katie Cole, Trinity Martin and Madison Barnes are named Second Team, VHSL Class 5 all-state softball team.