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Raiders blank Bucks, cruise past Vikings

Junior Landon Taylor cleared 13-of-16 total frames in two matches for the Raiders on Thursday. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

LAURINBURG — After going winless in its first meet last week, the Richmond Senior High School boys’ bowling team evened its record on Thursday.

Facing Hoke County and Union Pines High School, the Raiders collected nine points in the Sandhills Athletic Conference standings with a pair of victories.

Competing at Laurinburg Lanes, the Raiders blanked the Bucks 5-0 for their first shutout of the winter and followed with a 4-1 win over the Vikings.

“The guys had a much better outing in their second set of matches,” head coach Chris Larsen said. “They were able to set the tone early against Hoke County and carried that momentum over to Union Pines.

“We know the importance of needing to get ahead early in matches and close out as many frames as possible,” he added. “We were able to do that today across the board and it shows we have the ability to put up some good scores.”

Using six bowlers, Richmond improved its overall closing percentage between the two matches and ended the day with a combined 70.2%. 

The Raiders closed 73.8% of their frames against Hoke County and shut the door on 66.6% of their opportunities against Union Pines. Junior Landon Taylor led the team by closing 13-of-16 frames (81.3%).

Fast start guides Raiders to first win over Bucks

The Raiders secured all five possible points against Hoke County to start the meet, using scores of 143-139, 223-138, 204-113 and 175-139 for a final score of 745-529.

Richmond set single-match season-highs in single game score (233), total pin count (745) and game average (186.3). As a team, the Raiders closed 31-of-42 frames (73.8%) and each of the six bowlers closed at least half of their chances.

Rolling a season-high 16 spares, Richmond added 15 strikes to its stat sheet. Junior Landon Summerlin was a perfect 8-for-8 in his frames, knocking down three strikes and a season-high five spares.

Sophomore Azariah Daniel, who split rolls with junior Jabari Douglas, was also 100% in his two frames. Douglas closed out four of his six chances with a season-high three strikes and a spare.

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Taylor helped keep the momentum going with a season-high five spares and a pair of strikes (7-for-8, 87.5%).

Senior James Eason and junior Sam Thompson split the role of anchor and both finished 5-for-9 (55.5%). Eason tallied four strikes and one spare, while Thompson chipped in three perfect rolls and two helpers.

Junior Landon Summerlin bowls one of his eight closed frames against Hoke County. (Kyle Pillar/The Richmond Observer)

Raiders cruise past Vikings to get to .500

Although they took a step back against Union Pines, the Raiders notched a three-point victory. Scores were 161-127, 168-122, 149-94 and 145-149 to end the match ahead 623-492.

Notching 14 strikes and 14 spares, Richmond averaged 155.8 pins per game and combined to close 28-of-42 frames (67%). Eason was clutch in the second match, bowling five strikes with three spares in his nine frames (88.8%).

Douglas was 3-for-4 with two strikes and a spare (75%), while Daniel closed two of his four frames with two spares (50%). Taylor had the second-highest closing percentage on the team in the match, adding two strikes and four spares (75%).

Thompson, who made his season debut with the team, collected season-highs for a single match in strikes (4) and spares (2) to seal up 67% of his shared anchor frames with Eason.

Summerlin contributed a strike and two spares in the second match, finishing the day by clearing 68.8% of his opportunities.

Moving up to second place in the SAC standings behind Southern Lee and Scotland (tied for first), the Raiders will bowl again next Thursday in Aberdeen.

Richmond will compete against both first-place teams starting at 4 p.m.



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Kyle Pillar is a 22-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on X @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.