Thomas Lee

Thomas Lee, surrounded by family and coaches, signs his letter Monday to continue his athletic and academic career at Bluefield College to play baseball and football. Attending Monday’s ceremony are (front row, from left) Charlene Lee (mother), Thomas Lee Jr., Thomas Lee Sr. (father) and Frank Fulton; (second row) head baseball coach Kenneth Day, head football coach Grayson Throckmorton, track and field coach Mary Douglas, Halifax High School principal Michael Lewis and athletic director Allen Lawter.

Thomas Lee, the class of 2020 winner of the T.C. Watkins award for best all-around male athlete at Halifax County High School, signed his letter of intent on Monday to continue his athletic and academic career at Bluefield College.

Lee will be a two-sport student athlete at Bluefield where he will play football and baseball.

“It is a blessing,” Lee said after his signing on Monday. “It means a lot making it this far. My first thank you goes out to God, and my family and also to my coaches.”

At Halifax County High School, Lee was a four-year letterman in both indoor and outdoor track, a three-year member of the football team and was on the Comets baseball team his senior year.

Lee also competed at the regional and state level on the track team the past two seasons and won the region in the shot put and placed third in the long jump this past winter and finished second in the shot put last year.

As a member of the football team, Lee was named to the Piedmont District honorable mention team during his senior year where he was the Blue Comets starting quarterback. He also was named the team’s offensive player of the year.

Lee realized at an early age his athleticism could get him an opportunity to play sports at the next level. When he was around 10 years old, he made the all-star team for both baseball and football, and that is when he recognized his opportunity and continued working towards that goal.

Lee’s father, Thomas Lee Sr., and his mother, Charlene, know the hard work it took to get to this point paid off.

“It is very impressive and took a lot of hard work and dedication down through the years, and it took more than just parents to get him there, and we really appreciate the coaches that stepped in and helped us with him. It was something that he wanted, and he worked hard to get it,” his father said.

Bluefield College is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the football team competes in the Mid-South Conference, while the baseball team competes in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV