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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Comets set personal best times at regional meet

SoVaNow.com / November 05, 2012
Halifax County High School cross country did not make much of an impact in the Northwest Regional team standings, but the Comets still had some very positive news from the meet.

“Even though we didn’t finish very high in the team standings, we had a number of runners turn in their best times of the year,” coach Brady Taylor said.

“Six of our top seven girls and four of the seven boys turned in their best times. Emma Worsley, Emily Hansen, Baylee Snead, Lucy Morrison Jessica Conner, and Emily Nester all ran their best races of the year. Worsley, Hansen, Snead and Conner had their best times of their careers. Mary Popek missed a personal record by a few seconds as well. Andrew Liegey, Vatsal Lal, Evin Morrison, and Sergio Velasquez had their best times of the season on the boys side, and Ethan Collie Gabe Pool and Gannon Griffin weren’t far off at all,” said Taylor.

“Liegey ran a great race, and took the top spot from Collie on our team. It was good to see Andrew run so well, as he will be in the position of being the top returning runner next season,” said Taylor.

“The level of competition is so high at the regional level. None of the WVD teams qualified for states. Actually the WVD only will have 2 runners, Aliana Woodford from PH and Melissa Teeple from FC representing the district at the state race. It’s a different world of running up there. Most of those that qualified for states are single sport runners with years of experience in programs that can afford to operate year round. The majority of our team is made up of two and three sport athletes, that we only have for three months of the year. To be honest, I would rather have a team like ours, one made up of athletes that can compete in just about any sport.

“Overall I think this was one of the best seasons we’ve had. It’s been our largest team in the last 15 years, and we are seeing more interest in the sport. Coach (David) Riddle and I are proud of the accomplishments that the team had this year, and are optimistic about our chances for success in a new district next year. We’ll have a large number of returning runners next season and have a good base to build on,” said Taylor.

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