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All-State performer

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Ferrell / March 26, 2020

Halifax County High School’s Kevon Ferrell has been selected as a member of the Class-4 VHSL All-State first team in basketball.

Ferrell had a tremendous season for the Comets this season leading them to the VHSL state quarterfinals for their second appearance in as many years. The junior point guard was also named to first teams in the Piedmont District and Region-4.

Ferrell said he was happy with the accomplishment though all he was doing was trying to do was just improve his play.

“I’ve just been working to get better and whatever comes with that just comes,” Ferrell said.

Ferrell’s accomplishments this season show tremendous growth over the past year. Ferrell’s coach Sterling Williams said Ferrell is a rare find in today’s sports world.

“I’ve been coaching Kevon for two years, and it’s been a pleasure to watch him grow,” Williams said. “He’s a quiet leader, who leads by example.

“He’s probably the hardest worker on the team, and that’s why he’s been successful. He’s not complacent with his abilities, and resilient in the face of adversity.”

Ferrell said he first knew of the selection after seeing it posted on the internet. Williams would follow with a phone call to celebrate the day.

“He’s such a humble kid, he was more worried about his teammate not making the list,” Williams said. “He felt they were both deserving of making it.”

Williams noting this was a big step up for Ferrell, “First time on all state list, honorable mention from district last year as a sophomore.”

“Ninth grade I played jayvee then at the end of the sea on I moved up to varsity. Since then I’ve been on varsity,” Ferrell added.

The junior said he and the team wanted to advance out of the quarterfinal rounds of the state tournament this season, but it just didn’t happen. Halifax fell to Millbrook High School 61-58 as time ran out.

“I feel like the season went well but not like we wanted it to,” Ferrell said. “We wanted to get past the first round because we didn’t last year and we just wanted to get farther,” Ferrell explained.

Williams acknowledges the sentiment but at the same time is appreciative of all Ferrell did to help the team make the quarterfinal as the No. 1 seed – Ferrell hit a buzzer beater to give the Comets the Region Championship win over GW and enter the state tourney as a one-seed.

“He stepped up big time for us this year,” Williams said.

“During the summer, we expected him to play a wing position, but some things happen that was out of our control, and when we asked could he play PG, without hesitation he said he wanted to, because he knew it would benefit the team ... he’s a team player, not about himself or his numbers.

“You don’t see humble players like him anymore, they’re worried about their numbers, their stats, whose name is on the list and who’s not, some even hating on their teammates making the list. Not my guy Kevon.”

Ferrell also wanted the seniors at HCHS to know that he feels for what they are experiencing in the wake of the Coronavirus, especially the spring sports student-athletes.

Had the Comets made it to the Class-4 state championship they, too, would now be a co-champion due to cancelled games.

“I feel very bad for those seniors who didn’t get to play in their last year of high school. It’s really sad and I know I would be really upset that I didn’t get mine.

“I really feel for them,” Williams said.

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