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Hurricane Idalia rains out RSHS athletics on Wednesday, Thursday 

ROCKINGHAM — The weather hasn’t cooperated with the Richmond Senior High School soccer program this season.

On Wednesday afternoon, athletic director Mike Way announced the Raider soccer team’s second match of the week had been postponed.

As Hurricane Idalia made landfall in Florida earlier in the day, expected rainfall in the Sandhills area and across much of the Southeast was cause for the delay.

The Raiders and head coach Chris Larsen had their game from Monday also postponed as a result of lighting. The team’s first match earlier this month was also postponed and eventually played.

Both matches from this week have tentatively been rescheduled. Richmond will make up their Sandhills Athletic Conference opener at home against Southern Lee High School on Sept. 7.

The team’s non-conference match from Monday against Sun Valley High School has been moved to Sept. 21. Both are set for a 7 p.m. start.

Each game will be played at Richmond and is subject to the availability of officials, Way explained.


Later Wednesday afternoon, Richmond County School stated on its Facebook page, “Out of an abundance of caution related to Hurricane Idalia, all after-school activities are canceled today. 

“Additionally, Richmond County Schools will be closed for all students tomorrow, Thursday, August 31.”

Way confirmed that Thursday’s girls’ tennis match, volleyball match and junior varsity football game have been pushed.

The tennis team will make up its road match with Union Pines on Sept. 25, while the volleyball team’s match against Pinecrest is still to be determined.

Way noted the JV football game on the road at non-conference Cardinal Gibbons is “almost certainly canceled.”

At the time of publication, Friday’s home varsity football game against Cardinal Gibbons is still scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.

The Richmond Observer will report any potential changes in the schedule as they are made available.

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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.