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Comets = Dedication

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VARSITY BASEBALL - Members of the Comet varsity baseball team are, front row, from left, Michael Owens, Shawn Conner, Kelvin Davis Jr., Bill Wooding, John Nichols and Markee Brooks. Second row, from left, manager Evan Slabach, Kyle Long, James Griles, Kaleb Long, Eric Brandon, Courtney Ervin and Tyler Long. Back row, from left, head coach Kelvin Davis, Scott Rickman, Tyler Lewis, Dale Trent, Chris Sizemore, Chris Hunt and assistant coaches Shawn Torian and Kenneth Day. Not pictured, manager Tyler Slabach. (David Conner II photo)
The HCHS varsity baseball team cranks up today at Bluestone, and head coach Kelvin Davis has a key theme in place. “The key this season…is going to be dedication …. That’s been my main focus, as far as making these guys understand, it’s going to take a lot of dedication on and off the field to improve,” said Davis.

Softball has talent for deep run

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COMET SOFTBALL - Members of the Comet varsity softball team are, front row, from left, Melissa Morris, Lyndsay Lawter, Christine DeGeorgis, Kim Snead and Sydney Puryear. Second row, Jessie Bagbey, Megan Day, Betty Rose, Paige Rickman and Stephanie Clark. Back row, assistant Charity Milam, manager Joe Tucker, Johanna Spencer, Whitney Womack, Lauren Daniel, Kisha Crowder, assistant coach Jennifer Rutledge and head coach Melanie Saunders. (David Conner II photo)
Varsity Comet softball reached the second round of the Northwest Regionals last year after a fabled run to the state tournament the previous season. This year, HCHS has plenty of talent back to make another deep playoff run. But the Comets also had some important seniors leave the program because of graduation, and head coach Melanie Saunders and her staff have some questions to answer.

Lady Comets rebuilding

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VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER TEAM – Members of the Comet varsity girls soccer team are, from left, first row, assistant coach Morgan Young, Emarie Skelton, Sarah Rosche, C.A. Nichols, Megan Rosche and assistant coach Stephanie Lewis. Second row, assistant coach Jessica Hayes, Amber Gauldin, Brittnay Marshall, McCoy Newton, Nia Brown, Liz Stanger, Wishee Marable and Brittany Roberts. Back row, head coach Sid Young, manager Anne Harvey Eakes, Angela Ditommaso, Krystal Childrey, Amanda Dennis, Kelsey Thompson, Ashley Bowen, Cianne Townsend and assistant coach Libby Austin.
The HCHS varsity girls’ soccer program is likely looking at a rebuilding campaign, although there is some significant talent returning this spring. Illness has also hampered the preparations.

Jayvees optimistic

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JAYVEE GIRLS SOCCER TEAM – Members of the Comets jayvee girls soccer team are, front row, from left, Trudy Thomas, Jordan Murray, Melyse Brown, Ariel Woody and Amber Wilkins. Second row, Taylor Elliott, Katie Morris, Sarah Catron, Jaynee Campbell and Makayla Skelton. Back row, coaches Jessica Hayes and Libby Austin, Xochilth Regalado, Courtney Young, Camey Reese, Becca Snead and coach Morgan Young.
HCHS jayvee girls’ soccer head coach Jessica Hayes has work ahead to assess her squad, although she expressed optimism about the skill level. “We really don’t have the numbers this year, but we do have a lot of kids with a lot of skill,” said Hayes Monday.

Boys tennis impressive in scrimmage

The HCHS boys’ tennis team downed Randolph-Henry 9-0 in scrimmage action Tuesday. This is a significant result, given R-H’s recent success, and is a confidence builder for the Comets.

Boys soccer fall in first scrimmage

The Halifax County boys varsity Soccer team was defeated by Heritage last night in their first scrimmage of the year.

Girls tennis 9-0 in first scrimmage

The Halifax County High School Girl’s tennis team opened their season on Tuesday with a scrimmage against Randolph Henry High School. The Comets, playing with a very young squad, ended up with a 9-0 victory. It was a good outing for the Comets who have had to battle the elements to get practice time prior to their first real match experience.

Puryear to play at E&H

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HEADING TO E&H - Comet football player Michael Puryear is headed to Emory & Henry to play football. The annoumcement came Monday.From left, Michael's dad, Mickey, Michael Puryear, and his mom, Anne. Standing, from left, Comet football assistant Justin Shepperd, head coach Stan Hodgin and assistant Jay Cole.
Michael Puryear is moving forward in his athletic career, as the former Comet football player is heading to Emory & Henry and the tough Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Puryear said Monday he would attend E&H. He has been a strong part of the Comet varsity football program in recent seasons and earned first team all-district honors at defensive end his senior year

Spring sports weathers winter weather

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The Comet varsity baseball and softball and other spring sports teams saw their practice schedules interrupted by the winter blast earlier this week. Tomorrow's scheduled varsity scrimmage for softball and tennis have been postponed. Tennis will have its scrimmage at R-H on March 10, and softball will scrimmage at R-H on March 13. There are no updates on the varsity baseball scrimmage schedule. (David Conner II photos)

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