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REDEMPTION

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Members of the Comet varsity football team, front row, from left, are Markee Brooks, Thomas Owen, Wendell Adams, Kendall Adams, Domonic Henderson, Lemal Adams, Deion Lipscomb, Dale Trent, Travis Lipscomb, Iric Webster, Shaquan Bailey and Davon Greene. Second row, manager Joe Tucker, Kwame Lambert, Jordan Keck, Tywaun Boyd, Demetre Faulkner, Justin Boyd, Thomas Logan, Devin Walton, Devin Young, Robert Metz, Terrance Brandon, assistant coaches Dave Wojtecki and James McDaniel, and head coach Stan Hodgin. Third row, assistant coaches Garrick Vogt and Robbie Compton, Darius Bethel, Zane Long, Chris Watson, Trey Reese, Demonte Berkley, Domonic Gaines, Martel Posey, Scott Rickman, Dante Hamlett, Lamar Green, Chris Thorpe and assistant coach Fred Palmore. Back row, assistant coaches Mick Gallagher, Lavar Medley, Matt Gunn and Jay Cole, Andre Ervin, Nathanael Stanger, Dru Henderson, Devonte Mitchell, Matthew Trent, Monshae Ferrell, Destin Boyd and assistant coach Billy Lucas.
Last year’s 3-7 disappointment led to some significant changes in the off-season for the HCHS varsity football program, which starts its new season Friday at Petersburg. Third year Comet head coach Stan Hodgin still expects complete intensity from his players, and there are indications this year’s team has bought into that philosophy this year. “I fully expect us to come to practice, to come every Friday night focused and fully prepared to give our best effort,” said Hodgin. “I expect us to get better physically each and every day.”

The Comets - position by position

The 2009 HCHS varsity Comets, seeking to bounce back from a losing season last fall, will relay heavily on senior quarterback Dale Trent, a versatile and athletic receiving corps, spirited line play on both sides of the ball, and a revitalized defense.

Jayvees plan to be competitive

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Members of the Comet junior varsity football team, front row, from left, are, Rodzavian Crowell, Freddie Edmonds, Coby Markham, Charles Chandler, Dakota Delaware, Calvin Jennings and Rufus Jeffress. Second row, Jarmal Brooks, Reggie Jones, DeMoines Boyd, Miles Claiborne, Akem Robertson, Chris Glass, Bryant Coleman, Cody Palmer and Trey Roberts. Third row, DaeQuin Owens, Jacob Saunders, London Waller, Tyrell Harris, Seth Adams, Ryan Elliott, Kiaos Ragsdale and Deandre Delaware. Back row, head coach Dave Wojtecki, assistant coach Mick Gallagher, Cody Womack, Bernard Bradsher, Joe Martin, and assistant coach Robbie Compton.

Eagles continue WVD dominance

Franklin County continued its dominance of the Western Valley district regular season golf race Monday. The Eagles shot a 302 in round two and now own a commanding lead in the regular season race. The WVD regular season champion gets one of the two regional berths.

Freshmen play strong

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Members of the Comet ninth-grade football team, front row, from left, are Trey Burkholder, Corey Brooks, Jarius Logan, Alonzo Bennette, Tavaris Hamlett, TecQuin Hogue, Johnny Thaxton, Ryshem Lane, Matthew Brown and Dominique Lassiter. Second row, Samuel Schaufler, Brian Mayfield, Galantre Thaxton, Ryan Puryear, Spencer Penick, Boris Pointer, Deon Adams, Deonta Fountain, Wayne Wiley, Patrick Barton and Andrew Hamlett. Third row, Dillion Plautz, David Perkins, Avery White, Josh Pena, Chris Baisch, Jeremy Garrett, Andrew Dickerson, Jacob Lawhorn, Troy Palmer and Marcus Williams. Back row, Jaquan Owen, Devon Spates, Tyler Dunn, Rakjuan Windsor, Jeremy Tucker, assistant coaches Matt Gunn, Bo Palmore, Devin Fountain, Billy Lucas, and head coach Kenneth Day.

HCHS Varsity Cheerleaders

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The Comet competition/varsity cheerleading squad includes, front row, from left, Sarah Collie and Blair Jeffress. Second row, Jenna Elliott, Fallon Farmer, Megan Comer, Kristen Lowery, Katie Wooding, Michaela Brandon and Mallory Shealy. Third row, Tiffany Green, Grace Gillis, Kelsey Baker, Lauren Hughes, Sami Starke, Katie Nichols, Shakayla Brown, Megan Owen and Kataijah Rogers. Back row, coach Jennifer Crenshaw, Ariel White, Kendra Fikes, Caitlyn Whitlow, Stormi Woltz, Morgan Farley, Brittany Long, Kelly Hudson and coach Lauren Owen. Not pictured, Victoria Evans.

Lady Comets fall to Rockets

After a season-opening win over Gretna last Friday, the HCHS varsity volleyball team ran into a tougher deal playing Person County Tuesday. The Comets fell, three games to one, although HCHS scratched out a game three win, 25-23.

Cross country rebuilding

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Members of the Comet cross country team, front row, from left, are Emily Conner, Melissa Blanks, Brittany Cole, Jordan Murray, Caitlin Helinski and Cianne Townsend. Back row, coach David Riddle, Larry Taylor, Gannon Griffin, Blake Jones, Zack Evans, Evin Morrison, Taylor Elliott and coach Brady Taylor. Not pictured are Ashley Bowen, Ashley Burton, Stephanie Clark, Cory Rosche, Amanda Dennis and Jason Dennis.
The HCHS cross country programs have rebuilding tasks this season, although the girls’ squad has more returnees. “We are a very young team, with little experience this season, but we have some good athletes that should be able to contribute immediately,”said coach Brady Taylor.

Comet scrimmage results ‘mixed’

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STRIPPED - Comet wideout Lemal Adams (7) was stripped of the football against Western Branch Friday, leading to a touchdown for the opposition. Adams fumbled twice in Friday's scrimmage. (David Conner II photos)
Halifax County had its final two preseason varsity football scrimmages Friday at the Football Jamboree in Danville, with mixed results. The Comets, 3-7 a year ago, got hammered by a very talented Western Branch team, 32-0, but rallied in the second scrimmage to outlast Gretna, 14-12.

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