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Three Gridders Are First Team Picks

Three members of the Halifax County High School varsity football team, Markee Brooks, Lemal Adams and Shaquan Bailey, have been named to the First Team of the All-Western Valley District Football team.

Western Valley District Remains Intact

The Western Valley District will remain intact under the initial plan composed Tuesday by the Virginia High School League Redistricting and Reclassification Committee.

Winter Sports Team Try-Outs, Practice Under Way At HCHS

Halifax County High School was a flurry of activity Monday as the first day of try-outs and practice for the school’s winter sports teams got under way.

Morris Crowned National Champion At Awards Banquet

CONCORD, N.C. — A week of activities and celebration in the hub of NASCAR racing concluded Friday evening as Philip Morris was crowned national champion at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet in the Embassy Suites and Concord Convention Center.

Morris, from Ruckersville, Va., joined Larry Phillips as the only drivers in the history of the Whelen All-American Series program to earn three or more championships with yet another stellar performance in 2009. Morris finished first in the nation in 2006 and 2008, and a third national title this season was accented by his seventh track championship at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., and a third straight Virginia State Championship.

“What a great privilege it has been to drive the No. 26 Clarence’s Steakhouse car,” Morris said. “Since combining forces with Clarence and Allen Pickurel, it seems like a blur of one celebration after another.”

Morris recorded nine wins, 20 top fives and 23 top 10s in 28 starts this season and accumulated 841 points to clinch the title by 25 over Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn.

As driver and owner of the No. 26 Chevrolet Late Model, Morris also took home the Lincoln Electric Car Owner Award and his crew chief, Chad McCoy, was recognized with the Lunati Crew Chief Award.

“This team has incredible depth and expertise,” Morris said. “Every man contributed to this championship. As a car owner I marvel at their pursuit of excellence, self control, focus and selflessness.”

Rocco, who competed in the Modified division at three Connecticut ovals (Stafford Motor Speedway, Thompson International Speedway, Waterford Speedbowl) during the season and won the track championship at Thompson, had the best season of his career. After finishing third in the nation in 2008, the two-time Connecticut State Champion tallied 13 wins, 31 top fives and 35 top 10s in 45 starts.

Nick Joanides from Woodland Hills, Calif., finished third in the national standings thanks to 13 wins with top-five efforts in each of his 21 starts. Joanides was the California State champion and the track champion at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

Headlining the evening’s special awards was the inaugural Whelen All-American Series National Rookie of the Year Award presented by Jostens. Jacob Gomez, a 16-year-old from Manteca, Calif., took home the award on the strength of three wins and 14 top 10s in 18 starts between three California short tracks.

Jason Romero, who captured the track title at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., was bestowed the prestigious Wendell Scott Trail Blazer Award. Tommy Lee, the crew chief for driver Eric Blackard at Colorado National Speedway, took home Craftsman Mechanic of the Year honors.

Three Local Runners Ready For Richmond Marathon

The word, “marathon,” may strike fear into the hearts of many athletes, but not South Boston residents Judy Green, Natalie Gurney and Nancy Smith, who plan to run the 32nd annual Richmond Marathon Saturday.

Competition Cheerleaders Outpoint Franklin County

It was time for a little payback at the Northwest Regional Competition Cheerleading championships last Saturday, with the Comets competition squad getting the best of Franklin County after finishing second to the Eagles in the district championships the week before.

OLD TIMERS BASEBALL: With A Spring In Their Step

It’s been a decade since a group of former ball players got together to form what has become a summer and early fall institution known as the Halifax County Old Timers Baseball League.

Jayvee Gridders Shut Out Patrick Henry To Finish 8-1

Halifax jayvee football running back Akeem Robertson scored on a 17-yard run and a 1-yard plunge, and the Comets’ defense held Patrick Henry out of the end zone in a 14-0 win Thursday at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium in the season finale that gave the jayvees an 8-1 record.

Comets Girls Harriers Finish Season At Northwest Regionals

A sometimes frustrating season ended on a positive note for the Comets girls cross country team with its best effort of the season at the Northwest Region Cross Country championships Thursday.

Comets Lose Heartbreaker

It was another chapter of the too-familiar story that has surrounded the Halifax County High School football team this fall.

Comets Look To Finish Season On Good Note

While it carries no playoff or title implications for either team, Saturday’s season finale against Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke is a big game for Halifax County High School.