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Comet trio to continue playing careers in college

SoVaNow.com / February 21, 2021

Halifax County High School student-athletes continue to grab the spotlight, even during a pandemic, with three Comets signing recently to continue their athletics and studies at college.

Comet wrestler Alex Driggs and varsity softball’s Peyton Lowery will move on to Averett University. Anthony Conner, a standout on the baseball team, is headed to Concord University.

Averett University competes in NCAA Division 3, USA South Atlantic Conference. Concord (Anthens, W.Va.) competes in NCAA Division 2, Mountain East Conference.

The Comet wrestling team had a season schedule lined up for this year. But the team, competing shorthanded due to COVID-19, was unable to hold any matches.

Driggs placed at the Region 4D championships last year and competed at the VHSL state tournament. Though he made an early exit, wrestling coach David Riddle was looking for Driggs to have returned to the state finals this year.

Riddle said the efforts that Driggs made on and off the wrestling mat led to the Averett offer.

“Coach Cole and I are extremely happy for Driggs,” Riddle said.” He has a work ethic that you don’t often see. He dedicates himself to wrestling. Each year set a goal that is higher, much higher, that what he did the last year and he’s done everything he can to make those goals.

“We hate that he couldn’t make it back to state due to covid this year but at the same time he gets to continue doing in college what he loves. So I was extremely happy with the signing with Averett.

“Sometimes as a coach you have to worry about grades, to think about grades; with Driggs I never had to do that. He also told me he was on top of things. He kept his grades up; he was great in the classroom.”

Riddle said it was cool to see what Driggs has accomplished. He said Driggs was a good model of a student-athlete.

“It was a blessing to not only see a superior athlete like that as far as his sport was concerned but in the classroom. He knew he had to handle his business there and I think that’s just going to help him succeed in college.”

Riddle added he admired the maturity of his players when they were told this season they wouldn’t be competing. Riddle saying that is another asset for Driggs as he moves forward.

“To call them and tell them it was over was probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do as a coach,” Riddle said. “But just to show the maturity of the guys they all handled it well. They said ‘I understand coach.’”

Lowery will be joining Driggs on Averett’s campus as she plays for the Cougars softball team.

Lowery had several college offers and settled on Averett because of its location and her being comfortable with the coaching staff.

Softball coach Woody Bane praised Lowery’s plate and base running skills. The senior is quite adept at competing in multiple positions and should be a good fit for the Cougars.

Conner will get to see his high school senior season of action, something he missed last year as a junior due to Covid-19. He looks to join the Concord baseball team as a pitcher.

Conner said not only was he only happy with the campus, but also his coaches. He said he has experience with the college coach through his competing with his travel baseball team.



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