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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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Expect more from girls soccer

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Members of the Halifax County High School varsity girls soccer team are, from left, first row, Logan Holmes, Camey Reese, Jordan Lane, Tumia Marable and Tylisa Crews. Second row, Amanda Webb, Gabby Medley, Chris Bradshaw, Emma Worsley, Olivia Jennings and Gabby Nelson. Back row, manager Erin Tolley, Assistant coaches Stephanie Catron and Suzanne Gasperini, Lucy Morrison, Mary Popek, Allison Moschler, Assistant coach Mat Robinson and head coach Sid Young. Not pictured, Sabrina Amos and Jordan Murray.
SoVaNow.com / March 14, 2013
Halifax County High School varsity girls soccer coach Sid Young is expecting more out of the squad this spring.

The Comets have a solid base and leadership from the senior class.

“To my way of looking at things, I think we’re a little stronger than last year, even though we lost some good people last year,” said Young.

The seniors on the squad include Camey Reese, who is starting her fourth year on varsity. Reese has earned all-district honors a couple of times. Reese will be a stopper/midfielder.

Senior Logan Holmes is in her second year on varsity. The Comets are using her as a wing defender. HCHS also has senior Tumia Marable, who is also in her second year. Marable is playing wing defender.

Jordan Lane is another senior, and she’s working at wing defender. Jordan Murray completes the senior class. She is a wing defender.

The junior class includes Gabby Medley, involved in her second year on varsity. Medley will play forward/midfield.

Chris Bradshaw, another junior, played some varsity matches last year. She will be used primarily as a wing/midfielder.

Amanda Webb will bolster the junior class. It’s her second year on varsity and she plays primarily keeper and wing midfielder.

Olivia Jennings is a defender. This is her first year on the varsity squad. Tylisha Crews is in her second year on the varsity, and she plays forward.

Mary Popek, another junior, is in her first full year on the varsity squad, although she played a couple of games last year. Her primary work will come at the midfielder position.

Emma Worsley is a wing midfielder in her first year on the varsity squad.

As for the sophomores, HCHS has Lucy Morrison. She’s a sweeper and it’s her second year on varsity. Morrison was second team all-district a year ago.

The other sophomore is Allison Moschler, primarily a defender. She can play a variety of positions.

HCHS has two freshmen on the squad. They include Gabby Nelson, who is new to the team. Nelson plays midfield.

Sabrina Amos is also a freshman. Amos will play at keeper and see some action at midfield.

Amos is slated to be the starter at keeper. Young said Amos has “good size for a keeper. She’s agile. She does a real good job in the goal.”

This is the last swing through the Western Valley district for HCHS, which joins the Piedmont next fall. GW-Danville and Franklin County are coming as well.

“I still look for Patrick Henry to be strong. Franklin County’s usually pretty strong. I saw GW play Monday night; they’re pretty strong,” said Young.

“If we keep improving, we should be able to hold our own with them.”

The Comets were on the road to start the season against Magna Vista yesterday in Martinsville.

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