It’s awards season for Piedmont District spring sports and 23 Halifax County student-athletes were selected to walk the red carpet as members of the 2022 Piedmont All-District Teams for their respective sports.
Halifax baseball and softball led the way with eight players being selected from each squad. Girls soccer placed five on the list while boys soccer checked in with three.
Senior Madison Barnes and junior Emma Payne were selected as Co-Pitchers of the Year.
Barnes was a killer for the Comets, posting a 7-3 record and 0.93 ERA with 80 strikeouts in the regular season. She surrendered 31 runs (18 earned) in 73 innings pitched.
Payne was near perfect for Halifax, finishing the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record and 0.68 ERA. She only surrendered six runs all season with five earned and struck out 42 in 51.1 innings thrown.
Barnes performed in the batter’s box as well, finishing second on the team in home runs (four), third in RBIs (30) and third in on-base slugging percentage at 1.207. She also finished fourth in slugging percentage at .738 and only committed one error while recording 34 putouts in the field.
Payne had a big season on the offensive end as well, posting a line of .308/0/18. She also finished the regular season perfect in the field, committing no errors and recording 40 putouts on her way to First Team honors.
Junior Jaydyn Harlow and seniors Sarah Watts and Lynia Reed were selected to the First Team as well.
Harlow picked up her nod at catcher after recording a team-high 118 putouts and finishing with a perfect fielding percentage. She also hit .350 on the season while smacking three home runs and driving in 11 runs.
Watts was named to the First Team at second base after recording 47 putouts and only one error. She led the team in on-base slugging percentage (1.336) and home runs (seven) while finishing second in RBIs with 32. Watts was also one of five Comets to hit over .400, finishing with an average of .412.
Reed was selected to the First team at third base. She finished with an on-base slugging percentage of 1.053 and smacked a home run while driving in 16 runs. Reed also ended her career with a .392 average on the season.
Senior Trinity Martin earned a First Team selection in the outfield after recording only one error and 23 putouts on the season. She led the team in RBIs with 34 and finished tied with Barnes for second on the squad in home runs with four. Martin also batted .432 on the season, finishing third, and placed second on the team in on-base slugging percentage at 1.263.
Juniors Kamyria Woody-Giggetts and Shamya Hankins picked up First Team selections as At-Large players.
Woody-Giggetts led the team in batting average with a .485 and drove in 14 runs. She also finished with a 1.066 on-base plus slugging percentage and only committed two errors in the field while recording 38 putouts on the year.
Hankins finished the season with a slash line of .386/2/19 and an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.094. She also recorded a .684 slugging percentage and committed only one error in the field.
Halifax finished 20-3 on the season and won the Piedmont District Tournament championship while making a run to the Class 4 state semifinal.
Sophomore Mason Hatcher was named Piedmont District Player of the Year after playing a key role in the Comets’ season that saw them win the Piedmont District Tournament championship and earn a berth in the Region 4D quarterfinals. Hatcher hit a team-high .479 on the season while finishing tied for second on the team in RBIs. He also went a perfect 7-0 on the mound while finishing with a team-best 1.06 ERA and team-high 84 strikeouts in 59 innings pitched.
Head coach Kenneth Day was named Coach of the Year after leading the Comets to an 18-4 record and perfect 12-0 mark in Piedmont District play.
Senior Trevor Hazelwood was named to the First Team at first base. Hazelwood was perfect on the right corner, recording 57 putouts and 10 assists while not committing an error in the field all season. He led the squad in on-base percentage with a mark of .534 and finished second on the team in average at .413.
Senior Colin Saunders earned First Team honors at second base. He recorded 27 putouts and 29 assists while only committing two errors on the year. Saunders led the team in RBIs with 20 and finished with an average of .357.
Junior Joshua Gunn picked up a First Team nod at third base. Gunn led the team in stolen bases with 11 and finished tied with Hatcher for second in RBIs with 19. In addition, he recorded a team-high 11 stolen bases and finished with a .494 on-base percentage. Gunn scored a team-high 23 runs for the Comets.
Senior Evan Clark was named to the First Team at shortstop after recording 39 assists and 15 putouts. Clark finished the season with a .333 batting average and finished third on the team in RBIs with 18. He also posted a .494 slugging percentage on the season as well.
Senior Kamron Turberville turned in a monster season at DH, earning him a spot on the First Team. Turberville finished second on the team in batting average with a .448 and second on the squad in on-base percentage at .513. He also drove in 16 runs and was named the Comets’ Offensive Player of the Year.
Junior Trey Comer was a force on the mound this season, finishing the season with a 4-2 record and 2.13 ERA. He recorded 47 strikeouts while only walking two in 46 innings pitched. Comer was named to the Piedmont District First Team at the position.
Halifax County girls soccer coach Bert Cuffley was selected as Piedmont District Coach of the Year. Cuffley led the Comets to a 14-4-1 record, including an 11-3 mark in Piedmont play, and the Region 4D quarterfinals.
Sophomore Leah Wright was named to the First Team as a forward while Ella Morris was selected to the First team at midfield. Pan Pan Yang earned Second Team honors in the midfield and Mckayla Meadows rounded out the selections with a Second Team nod at goalkeeper.
Halifax County’s boys soccer team earned three selections. Senior Lukas Newton was selected to the Second Team at forward and sophomore Colin Gravitt was chosen for the Second Team at midfield. Sophomore Noah Crews was named to the Second Team on defense.