- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler & Doug Ford
This is spring??? It didn’t feel much like spring Monday but for students beginning practice and try-outs for Halifax County High School’s spring sports teams it was the start of spring.
A wet, rainy day with temperatures hovering right around the 40-degree mark and soggy fields greeted Comets coaches and players on Monday’s opening day, forcing all but the school’s soccer teams to retreat inside for drills in the school gym and hallways.
It wasn’t the scenario that coaches needed or hoped for, but it was one that they had to deal with.
A total of 18 hopefuls are trying out for the Comets varsity baseball team, while approximately 33 are trying out for the Comets’ jayvee baseball team, according to head varsity coach Kelvin Davis.
Davis likes what he’s seen thus far, both in terms of numbers and the level of conditioning.
“They know what it’s all about, the tradition surrounding Comets’ baseball, and a lot of them have been working hard to get ready,” Davis said.
Inclement weather forced the baseball teams inside for the first day of tryouts, but Davis said the coaches did a good job in coordinating their respective try-outs in the limited space available inside the school.
Despite those limitations, he and his coaching staff accomplished a lot during the first day of practice, according to Davis.
“We got a chance to look at our pitchers and got a chance to look at some of our infielders,” he noted, adding that no decision for final cuts or final roster numbers has been made.
The coaches wanted to give the kids a chance to show what they have and with the weather the way it is, the coaches need to look at them further, Davis indicated.
“We want to give the kids every opportunity,” he noted.
Comets Softball Welcomes 35 To Tryouts
Comets varsity softball coach Melanie Saunders welcomed 35 hopefuls to tryouts for the varsity and jayvee teams.
“We have 35 out for tryouts, including some who were with us last year and some who are coming up from middle school, and that’s about what we expected,” said Saunders.
All the spring sports teams are in the same situation with the continuing wet conditions, but Saunders and her coaching staff got a chance to see the athletes in hitting and fielding drills the first day of tryouts.
“You have to go with what’s given you, and we had a chance to see them running and to see who’s been working in the off-season to get into shape,” said Saunders.
“Some of the girls took advantage of the off-season conditioning program and are coming to tryouts in good condition, while others are not, and we can easily see who did.
“Some may think you don’t have to be in shape to play softball, but that’s the key factor. If you’re not in shape, the rest of you game will falter.
“We’ll see who has been in the weight room, who’s been running, who’s been hitting right off the bat.”
Saunders said she was satisfied with who she has returning from last year and is also pleased with the attitudes shown by the athletes.
“They’re yelling for each other and supporting each other and it’s good to come in with a positive attitude and work ethic.
“We’ve seen that already, and we’ve put the younger kids together with the older kids so the younger ones can see what it’s like and what’s expected of them.
“We’ve seen some positives, despite the close quarters.”
Comets Girls Soccer Has Good Numbers
Halifax County High School girls soccer coach Sid Young and his staff greeted between 35 and 40 young ladies who are looking to land spots on the varsity and junior varsity team rosters.
“We were pretty pleased with the number of girls that came out,” Young said.
“We were concerned about the number of girls that may come out for the junior varsity team after what we went through with the jayvee team last year having only 13 or 14 girls. It looks like there will be enough girls to fill the junior varsity team and be okay.”
Young said that as far as the varsity squad was concerned, just about all of the players he expected to see showed up for the opening day of practice.
“There was one girl, a senior, that was on last year’s team that decided not to play this year,” Young noted.
“Other than that, everybody else that we were expecting to see showed up.”
Young said he and his coaching staff will probably make their final cuts at the end of Friday’s practice.
Comets JV Baseball
Halifax County High School junior varsity baseball coach Dennis Seamster had a good turnout of players looking to land a spot on the team’s roster.
Five players, Seamster said, are players that are returning from last year’s team.
“This year’s team will be very young and inexperienced due to the small number of returning players,” Seamster pointed out.
“With the weather like it is, it is going to be very hard to get a team ready to play in a week. I think I will have some talent, but the inexperience is going to play a role.”