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Jeffress, Lee named Top Athletes at HCHS

Deaundra “Dee Dee” Jeffress and Thomas Lee were honored as Female and Male Athletes of the Year at Halifax County High School Thursday morning.






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Dee Dee Jeffress / April 13, 2020

Halifax County High School’s Deaundra “Dee Dee” Jeffress has enjoyed a great sports career while playing as a Comet on the girls varsity basketball team.

Jeffress saw many accomplishments on and off the court at Halifax. She played on the varsity squad for four years, helped the team return to double-digit numbers in the win column after a lengthy hiatus, was named to the All-District and All-Region teams in her respective divisions for four years, saw the team make solid challenges battling for a state title, and scored over 1,000 points in her high school career – just to name a few.

“I scored a thousand points my senior year, I got MVP, all district first team, all regional first team, all-academic team award all four years, and was Halifax Insurance Player of the Year my tenth and 11th grade year, and I am getting my associates degree.” Jeffress said.

For those who have been fortunate enough to see her perform on the court, one has to ask will she play at the next level. Jeffress said with all the basketball accolades she’s received, for right now basketball will be taking a second seat to her career plans.

“I plan to attend college at Radford University in the fall, and I am majoring in sports medicine,” Jeffress said. “I do not plan to play sports in college, I would like to focus on my career as an athletic trainer.

The senior student-athlete who is as proud of her accomplishments said her love for sports began at a very early age.

“I started playing softball when I was four and I started playing basketball when I was six,” Jeffress said. “My older brother, Rufus Jr., attracted me to these sports. I also played jayvee softball my eighth grade year and varsity my 10th grade year.”

A Scottsburg resident, who is the daughter of Rufus, Sr. and Angie, she also has an older sister Blair, Jeffress said she enjoyed the challenge of having to earn a spot on the varsity team.

“Not only did I feel accomplished, but I also felt mature enough to hang with the older kids,” Jeffress noted. “The older kids definitely made me work harder.

“I definitely improved over the years, and playing the same teams over the years really made me more competitive because if I lost to them one year, it made me want to beat them even more the next year.”

The one dream she had for her teammates was for them to win a state title, saying “I would have loved to see my team go to states this past year.”

Jeffress’ coach David Graham said Jeffress is the real deal as a student-athlete.

“One of the most complete players I ever had the honor to coach,” Graham said. “Always wanting to improve and help her teammates improve also.

“An honor student in school, great sportsmanship on and off the court, attends church on a regular basis and is a member of several organizations in school. I have been contacted by several colleges wanting her to come and play basketball.

“She has been the team captain and most valuable player the last three years. She is one of the main reasons Halifax varsity girls basketball is back as a winning program.”

Jeffress doesn’t play any spring sports but said she felt for her friends that had their senior season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She also says though she won’t get to do prom this year or several other events associated with seniors and graduation, she’s okay with that.

“It didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would, but my heart goes out to all the people that were more affected by it, especially spring sport participants,” Jeffress said. “I can’t imagine not being able to play basketball for the last time at Halifax County High School.”

She notes with the closing of school, her days are spent caring for and playing with her dogs, reading and completing school work online. Jeffress said she tries to keep herself safe during this time by just being smart in following the CDC’s recommendations.

“I have currently been reading Kobe Bryant’s book “Mamba Mentality” and playing with my dogs Karla and Marley, Jeffress said. “I recently got a new puppy named, Marley, so I am taking care of him and training him. I have also been doing a lot of school work online to make sure I still get my DE credits.

“To stay safe, I am staying away from crowded areas and staying to myself and around family.”

Jeffress is thankful for her time at Halifax. She says when she graduates high school it would be nice to be remembered as someone who set a good example for others to follow.

“Although there has been many stressful days, my teachers were really flexible as far as balancing school work and sports, the students were a joy to laugh and talk with and I couldn’t ask for better teammates,” Jeffress said.

“I worked hard to represent my high school with sports and still maintained good grades, so to anyone who wants to accomplish the same things, it’s not easy but it’s worth it.”

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