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Comet girls expected to open season tonight against GW

SoVaNow.com / January 11, 2021

If no additional delays occur before game time tonight, the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team will open its season at home against GW-Danville. Game time is 6:30 p.m. No jayvee game is scheduled.

The varsity boys basketball team was also scheduled to play tonight against GW, but that game has been moved to Tuesday. The boys are on the road with the jayvee squad starting at 5:30 p.m.; varsity starts at 7 p.m.

No other official announcements were made regarding postponements for any other winter sports.

As with everything during the pandemic, games are subject to postponement on a moment’s notice.

The varsity boys swim team is scheduled to meet Magna Vista Tuesday to begin its season. This is a competition that could possibly end up being put on hold.

The Virginia High School League keeps an updated list of school divisions and associated schools not participating in winter sports or delaying winter sports. The Jan. 8 update shows Henry County Public Schools and Martinsville still on the list of divisions/schools opting to delay.

Magna Vista and Bassett are both high schools in Henry County. So, a possibility looms that Tuesday’s swim meet may have to be deferred – but that is based on the VHSL’s list.

Varsity wrestling starts its regular season at home against Patrick County and Tunstall Tuesday. As of the same VHSL update, Patrick and Tunstall - a Pittsylvania County high school - are on the delayed List.

Halifax County delayed its start to winter sports, opting to begin after Christmas, but returned student-athletes to the gym to resume regular practices before Christmas. Current postponements to Comets’ winter sports have been due to schools in other counties having to delay for one reason or another – not because of Halifax County High School athletics programs experiencing any COVID-19 related issues that would alter schedules.

Basketball has additional games with Bassett and Magna Vista this week.

Eight schools comprise the Piedmont District including Martinsville, Bassett and Magna Vista. Games were postponed with Patrick County last week due to elevated COVID-19 numbers experienced by the county.

Patrick is scheduled to be ready for competition this week, but just last week had to postpone games with the Comets. Patrick is still on the delayed list but could that relate to all sports or just specific sports.

With 42 VHSL member schools not participating in winter sports at all, and 21 school divisions comprising 56 schools in delay mode; just getting the winter sports season under way will be an accomplishment for the Comets.

COMET SPORTS THIS WEEK

Monday - Girls Varsity Basketball vs. GW-Danville, (H), 7 p.m.

Tuesday - Boys JV Basketball vs. GW-Danville, (A), 5:30 p.m. (Rescheduled from Monday)

Boys Varsity Basketball vs. GW-Danville, (A), 7 p.m. (Rescheduled from Monday)

Boys Varsity Swim vs. Magna Vista, (H), 5 p.m.

Varsity Wrestling vs. PC, Tunstall, (H), 6 p.m.

Wednesday - Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Bassett, (H), 7 p.m.

Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Bassett, (A), 7 p.m.

Thursday - Varsity Wrestling vs. GW, Tunstall, (A), 7 p.m.

Friday - Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Magna Vista, (H), 7 p.m.

Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Magna Vista, (A), 7 p.m.

Boys Varsity Swim vs. Hargrave Military Academy, GW, Martinsville, (A), 5 p.m.

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