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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.





Girls first, boys second in x-country meet / September 09, 2013
The Halifax County High School girls cross country team won its third meet in a row Wednesday at Magna Vista. The Comet runners took 10 of the top 15 spots in the race to outpace GW Danville and Magna Vista. Emma Worsley was the top finisher for HCHS and second overall in the race.

The Comet boys team finished in a tie score with GW, but ended up earning second place because of each team’s no. six runner. Gabe Pool paced the boys team with a second place finish overall. HCHS placed five runners total in the top 15.

“We’ve grown to expect big things out of the girls team in this early part of the season, and they made good on those expectations. Also, on the boys side, they really picked it up this week. Obviously we would have liked to see them finish first overall, but to even have a chance at winning the meet is a huge improvement over where we were a week ago,” said Coach Brady Taylor.

“In reality, all the boys need to do is follow the girls example. Our girls team all finish within sight of each other and even though we haven’t had a girl finish first overall in the race, they are close enough that we end up with the lower score. Out top guys, Gabe, Andrew Liegey, and Ford Morrison are doing well, we just need to close the gap between three and five.

“We have two meets that are important to us next week, and I’m excited to see how we live up to the challenge. Monday, we will be at the Granville Invitational which will host close to 20 schools, and Wednesday will be our first meet at home of the season. Monday’s race is a good gauge of how we may look against a big crowd of runners, and we always want to do well on our home course, so Wednesday will be special to.


Emma Worsley, second, 25:16; Jessica Hinds, third, 27:28; fifth, Baylee Snead, 28:11; Lucy Morrison, seventh, 28:21; Gabby Nelson, eighth, 28:22; Paige Nichols, tenth, 28:30; Ada Mabe, 11th, 29:12; Mary Popek, 12th, 29:24; Alex Barron, 13th:31:11. Hailey Worsley, 14th, 21:12 and Berkley Conner, 15th, 31:29.


Gabe Pool, second, 20:55; Andrew Liegey, fifth, 21:40; Ford Morrison, sixth, 21:51; Andrew Hudson, 12th, 24:09; Matthew Bain, 14th, 24:27.

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