Another week in the books, it’s time for another week in Halifax County sports. Enjoy.
Volleyball in middle school
Halifax beat Laurel Park 2-0 last Wednesday night to claim their eighth consecutive win and remain undefeated of the season.
The Lions knocked on Lancer 25-21 and 25-21 to capture the win.
Ella Semester and Kennedy Bowden led the way in the opening set with three serves each. Bowen added a pair of kills while Semester, Lily Tourian, and Kennedy Riley scored two kills each.
Allie Payne advances in Halifax’s footsteps at the earliest with an ace, assist and kill.
middle golf school
Halifax County kept its unbeaten season alive with an easy home victory at Greens Foley Golf Course on Monday afternoon.
The Lions fired a combined batch of 167 to finish 43 hits ahead of Benjamin Franklin Middle School.
Halifax’s Owen Mason took the Medal of Honor with 39 while teammate Nathan Hudson scored just behind him with 40. Camden Chappelle scored 43 for the Lions while Jacob Allen and Noah O’Kelly turned 44 each. Landon Elliott fired 49 while Luke Ashwell fired 51 while Ethan Conner fired 55.
Kendall Hudson led Mecklenburg with 49, while Caden Kelly finished 57 and Nathan Amos 59.
golf high school
The Halifax County Golf Club led with three golfers, and Halifax finished third as a team in the opening game of the District 4D course this past Monday morning at Danville Golf Club.
Brian Osborne of Halifax fired 77 goals to speed up the comets while Zach Rhodes and J.D. Cunningham truly finished on his heels with 78 each. The three advance to the regional title game next Tuesday at Ivy Hill Golf Course in Forest.
Salem’s Katherine Ha took the Medals of Honor with a 4-under 72, and Blacksburger Sean Rowan and Jake Albert turned 72 straight to end the tie for second. Bruins’ Pierce Campbell finished third with a score of 73 and teammate Major Ewing fired a 74 to finish fourth.
The Comets barely missed a team lead, scoring 313 combined cards to finish eight strokes behind Salem’s 305. Blacksburg took the team medal with a score of 291.
Mecklenburg County ranked fourth with a total of 322 while Pulaski scored 401.
Lucas Newton finished with 80 for comets while teammates Jack Morgan and Will Long shot 87 and 95 respectively to wrap up the competition for Halifax.
High school volleyball
Magna Vista defeated Halifax County 3-1 in the Piedmont region last Tuesday night.
The Warriors won 25-15, 23-25, 25-21 and 25-21 to take the game in four sets and the season series.
Halifax (4-10, 2-6 Piedmont) led 17-10 in the middle of the second set when young Peyton Irby capped 5-2 with a kill. Magna Vista (8-6, 4-3) responded with a 10-2 score to take a 20-19 lead on Comets’ foul. However, Halifax closed things off by scoring six of the last nine points to take the 25-13 win in a Harlow kill by feeding it from Payne.
Payne put in a monster performance, scoring 18 assists and 27 holes. Big Kamyria Woody-Giggetts were close to heel with 21 holes while young Abby Duffer led with 13. Junior Erin Satterfield led by three blocks while younger McKayla Powell cracked with two.
Irby paced the Halifax offensive with seven kills while Shamiya Hankins and Harlow added four kills each. Harlow and Payne led the way with a pair of aces and Hankins contributed one.
The Halifax team lost the Halifax Magna Vista 2-0 before the match started.
Comets overthrew Warriors 25-23 and 25-16.
Abigail Conner and Olivia Semester led the Halifax team with four kills each, while Hannah Abbott scored three. Blakely Martin led with nine assists while Abbott scored three assists. Abbott scored three aces for the team and Semester was right behind him with two.
Defensively, Semester led and Martin Halifax contributed four holes each while Gabe Easley finished with three.
Boys and girls across the country
Halifax cross-country girls Kate Bishop and freshman Cheyenne Klein made a pair of Top 10 Comets while sophomore boys Judd Shaughnessy and freshman Brennan Hunt finished 15th at the Piedmont District Cross Country meet last week.
Bishop ran 24:46.91 to finish fifth and her fifth finish finishes her fifth this season. She placed fourth in the Tunstall Piedmont area meet and fifth in the Bassett area earlier this season.
Cline turned in a time of 25:21.86 to finish 10th, earning her fourth Top 10 performance of the season. She placed seventh in the Tunstall District meet and ninth in the Bassett Bengal Clash.
Due to injuries, the Comets did not have enough runners to qualify as a team.
Shaughnessy ran 20:41.07 to finish 10th while Hunt scored 12th with a score of 20:44.47.
Halifax finished fourth as a team, recording a 1:48:56 total.
Bassett took the gold while Patrick County took the silver and Tunstall took the bronze.
High school football
Jefferson Forrest top racer Alex Marsteller scored three quick touchdowns to lead the Cavaliers to a tight 21-14 victory over Halifax County in Homecoming last Thursday night.
After giving up the tied touchdown, Jefferson Forest (3-2) collected seven games, 62 yards, capped Marsteller’s 37-yard touchdown, and moved up to the middle with 2:51 remaining.
Halifax (3-2) found some offense in his ensuing drive as he moved the ball into the red zone but the Comets couldn’t turn a final fourth down and the Cavaliers walked off the field with the win.
Marsteller made the Cavaliers a 14-0 lead, scoring at 5 and 2 yards. Halifax picked up momentum in the inning when quarterback Ducky Chandler found budding Ty Mabbins for a 2-yard touchdown pass that made it 14-7 the first leg to the locker room.
The second half was a defensive battle as neither team scored until the middle of the fourth quarter when Chandler called Mapins to receive a 10-yard touchdown that made the score 14-14 with 6:38 remaining in the game.