ABERDEEN, N.C. – The Richmond Senior High School Raiders and Lady Raiders bowling teams competed Thursday against Pinecrest and Seventy-First high schools at Sandhills Bowling Center in Aberdeen.
As it was the teams’ first time bowling close to home, this was also their first time this season bowling against the two Sandhills Athletic Conference opponents. The teams bowled in the usual team Baker style format.
The Raiders were swept by Pinecrest with scores of 149-134, 149-123, 122-99 and 134-128. The games were close, as the Raiders only lost by a few marks per game. Following their match against the Patriots, they won all five games against Seventy-First due to forfeit. They had games of 101, 105, 135, and 111. Including total pins, they went 5-5 on the day.
The Lady Raiders won two games against Pinecrest with scores of 126-125 and 122-118. They also lost two games (158-112; 143-110), plus the total pin count, coming out 2-3 overall against Pinecrest. However, they were swept by Seventy-First, with games of 126-114, 110-100, 165-104, and 153-99. They finished 2-8 overall.
Coach Jeff Ingram was somewhat disappointed on the averages of the day.
“We had a really good practice on Tuesday with some of our bowlers averaging 150 to 160,” Ingram noted. “I felt that if we did the same today that we would jump up in the rankings. Our efforts are not carrying over from our practices.
“Some of the games were close losses today, but our pin count was down overall,” Ingram continued. “We have to stay around the headpin. We have to bowl to our potential. I think this coming week in practice I may change some things up. We have a lot of work to do. Next week we will be bowling two teams that we should be able to compete with. If we bowl to our potential, we should be able to move up.”
Both Richmond teams will be competing on Tuesday, December 12, against Hoke and Purnell Swett high schools in Fayetteville at Lafayette Lanes. The meet is schedule for 4 p.m.
Richmond’s Zack Hinson