Ella Morrison puts up a shot from inside the paint for an easy score during a Piedmont District game last year against Tunstall. Morrison and the girl’s basketball team are busy practicing for their return to the court on Jan. 4 against Patrick County.

Halifax County High School athletic director Allen Lawter released the winter sports schedules on Wednesday afternoon, another step toward the start of the first high school sports in the county since March.

Boy’s and girl’s basketball teams will play a district only schedule beginning on Jan. 4. The two schedules mirror each other with both teams playing on the same dates against the same opponents, with one playing at home and the other on the road. The basketball schedule is a 12-game schedule, playing each district team twice, once on the road and once at home. The season ends on Feb. 5. There will be no district tournament this year, and the regional tournament will only feature four teams total, down from the usual eight, making the regular season results very important.

The basketball regional semifinals are scheduled to take place on Feb. 9, and the championship on Feb. 12. The state semifinals and finals are set for Feb. 16 and 20.

The wrestling team gets started on Jan. 5 with a home match against Magna Vista. The first three matches of the season will take place at the high school gym. The final four matches will be on the road.

The first two swim team meets have the boy’s and girl’s teams competing on separate days, and it appears they will compete on the same date starting in the third meet of the year on Jan. 15. The first meet for the boys is on Jan. 7, a home meet against Bassett. The girls will swim the next day against Bassett.

The regional meet is scheduled for Feb. 3 at Christiansburg Aquatic at 10 a.m. The state championship meet is set for Feb. 13.

The scholastic bowl schedule also was released, with Halifax’s first event taking place on Jan. 20 against Magna Vista and Bassett. The scholastic bowl will be held virtually, according to Lawter.

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