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Heat index impacts RSHS tennis, XC schedules

ROSports File Photo: Cain Hunsucker, Mariana Mendez and Toby McInnis run at Hinson Lake in August. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — Weather has again been a factor that has limited local high school sports action this week.

Less than a week after wet weather disrupted the schedules of several programs, the Richmond Senior High School girls’ tennis team had its lone match of the week postponed twice on Tuesday.

Set to host Lee County High School, Tuesday’s meeting was first pushed back due to transportation issues.

Moved to a day later, that rescheduled match was postponed again when Richmond athletic director Mike Way announced that the heat index on Wednesday would be too high for competitive play.

At the time of publication, no make-up date has been decided by Way or head coach Jessica Covington.

The Lady Raiders, who are 1-2 on the season, are next scheduled to play at Scotland High School on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m.


Cross country teams await first meet

It’s been tough sledding for the Richmond boys’ and girls’ cross country teams this season, which has yet to get underway.

For the second consecutive week, the Raider and Lady Raider runners were kept from competing. Last week it rained and Tuesday’s heat index was the reason this week.

Way said the Sandhills Athletic Conference meet, which was scheduled at Hinson Lake, has been canceled and won’t be made up.

The teams will try again next Tuesday at Southern Lee High School and race against the host Cavaliers, Hoke County and Lee County.

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Kyle Pillar is a 16-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on Twitter @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.