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Halifax Insurance Agency Player Of the Year award winners are, from left, first row, Jax Bosiger, boys cross country, Camron Carden, varsity football defensive player of the year, Jamal Brandon, varsity football, offensive player of the year. Halifax Insurance Agency owner/agent Dean Jones who presented the awards,Kassidy Irby, golf player of the year, Abby Casen, girls cross country player of the year, Sophie Moore, cheerleader player of the year and Mackenzie Lawter, volleyball player of the year. (More awards photos, page B6) / November 20, 2017
The Halifax County High School fall sports teams were honored Thursday.

Varsity golf finished fourth in the state in Class 5, and the girls’ volleyball team reached the sub regional round. Varsity football did not make the playoffs, but Grayson Throckmorton’s first team went 5-5 and showed considerable improvement.

Athletes recognized include:

Running back Jamal Brandon, who had a tremendous improvement from his junior season, received the offensive player of the year honor for Comet football.

Brandon had one of the best individual seasons in Comet history with 1,800 yards and 25 touchdowns. He averaged 9.9 yards per carry.

The defensive player of the year was Camron Carden.

The Blue Comet steel award went to Travis Helton, who demonstrated admirable four-year dedication to the weight room and the overall football program.

The Hammer award for best offensive lineman went to center Jacob Abedeljalil, while the Anvil award went to the best defensive lineman, Patrick Simmons.

The Big Blue award for hustle, drive and determination went to Mykel Morris, and the Blue Comet pride award, recognizing good sportsmanship, went to Herbert Brooks.

The varsity golf team had a very successful campaign.

Willoughby Gasperini and Kassidy Irby were co-MVPs. Lance Chappell won the coaches award and Will Abdi was named most improved.

Abdi won first team all-district honors and Gasperini and Irby earned all regional honors.

The Comet cross country team honored these student-athletes: Jax Bosiger, MVP and Runner of Year trophy from Halifax Insurance; Brayden Moore, Coaches Award; Ben Irby, Most Improved; Abby Casen, MVP and Runner of Year trophy from Halifax Insurance; Kayla Waller, Coaches Award; Tyra Murray, Most Improved; Tyler Hudson, sportsmanship award.

Mackenzie Lawter was the player of the year for Comet varsity volleyball. The HCHS varsity volleyball team presented the spirit awards to Lauryn Chappell and Anna Dawson, while Jeri Tyler collected the sportsmanship award.

The award for the best defensive player went to Katie Cole, and best offensive player went to Savanna Cabaniss.

Leigh-Anne McCormick won most improved player honors.

The coaches award went to Calli Neal.

Co-MVP honors went to Rose Spainhour and Lawter.

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