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For Comets boys, the work begins

With the task of picking the team complete, Halifax County High School Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Larry Epperly and his staff have started preparing the players for the start of the fast-approaching season.

Epperly and his staff picked 16 players, but Epperly said yesterday two of the players would likely be moved down to the Comets junior varsity team last night or today, with a couple of others possibly being shifted down to the junior varsity team before everything is settled.

“We had to cut 17 players and that is always hard,” Epperly said.

“We’ve got a couple of players that we will probably move down to the jayvee team. We kept a couple of ninth-graders that we may also move. We feel we have a good group of players.”

Among the players on the varsity roster are seven players that were on last year’s varsity roster. That group includes seniors Dakota Delaware, Thomas (T.J.) Brooks, Evin Morrison, Ikeem Woody and sophomores Keyshawn Johnson Tavion Petty.

Burden and Johnson began last season on the varsity roster and were later shifted to the junior varsity team. Johnson went back to the varsity team for a brief time later in the season.

The varsity squad also includes a handful of players from last season’s junior varsity team. That group includes Tevin Edmunds, Richard Jacobs, Trelanne Johnson and Kory Lennon.

Newcomers to the team include freshmen Quentin Jennings and Will Miller, Nick Jones, Kion Tucker and Justin Williams.

Epperly and his staff began teaching fundamentals and implementing offensive and defensive schemes Wednesday.

“The guys worked hard,” Epperly noted.

“We’ve got a couple of injuries we’re dealing with. Justin Williams dislocated a toe and Tavion (Petty) pulled a muscle in his chest. We’ll work through it.”

The Comets basketball team will make its debut on Friday, Nov. 16, when the Comets varsity and junior varsity teams take the floor for a Blue-White game. 

That event is a fund-raising event for the Comets basketball program. Admission will be $2 per person, with the night including a Blue-White jayvee game at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m.

After that, the Comets will go on the road for a pair of pre-season scrimmage games. Halifax County High School will begin regular-season play Tuesday, Nov. 27 when they host E.C. Glass High School at 7:30 p.m. here at Comets gym.