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RCS Middle School Sports Report: Hamlet and Rockingham Volleyball Both Earn Conference Wins Thursday

Rockingham Middle School's Allyiah Swiney in action in Thursdays victory over Ellerbe Middle School.
Photo courtesy of Kyle Pillar.

Hamlet Middle Batters Cordova, Takes Both Games of Doubleheader


CORDOVA – The Hamlet Lady Red Rams went on the road Thursday and swept the Cordova Cavaliers in a double header 2-0, 2-0.

The team, according to head coach Alex Gardner, was more confident coming into this game since their first match of the season was behind them, even after the injury to one of their captains and leaders, Kaitlyn Huff.

Hamlet seventh grader Quston Leviner had another strong performance, and led the way for the team with 15 aces and one kill. Ellie Buck, Katie Way, Erial Norton, and Kiersten Leviner were also key contributors.

Buck had nine aces and two kills, Way added seven aces, Norton had six aces, and Gibson finished with t five aces.

“I’m very impressed with how aggressive the girls played,” Gardner said. “They seemed more comfortable on the court today, and the way they followed the ball to the net and went for more attacks showed me how great their potential really is.”

The Lady Red Rams will face possibly its toughest competition on the year, and will host Rockingham on Monday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m.

Submission by Alex Gardner, head coach, HMS


Rockingham Middle Quiets Ellerbe, Wins Both Matches in Straight Sets

ROCKINGHAM – The Rockingham Lady Rockets swept its opponent in straight sets in both games of a double header for the second time this week.

Hosting in-county opponent Ellerbe, Rockingham won the first match 25-2, 25-14, and followed up in the second match 25-17, 25-7. 

In a match that saw several runs by each team, it was head coach Teresa Mason’s squad that managed to tough out the heat in Rockingham’s gym.

Scoring for the Lady Rockets were: 

E. J. Davis: 33 points.

Allyiah Swiney: 24 points.

Kenleigh Frye: 16 points

Joy Styles: 11 points points

Catherine Dennis: nine points

Madison Jenkins: four points

Miccah Wall: three points

Ellerbe, whose stats were not provided by the time of this publication, were led by eighth graders Jamie Kay Sears and Hayley McCormick. Seventh grader Layla Hayden also had a strong game, helping Ellerbe find its footing a little better in the second match.

The next match for the Lady Rockets will be Monday, Sept. 25th. Rockingham will host cross-county rival Hamlet Middle School at 4 p.m. Ellerbe will host its first match of the year on Tueday, Sept. 26, as they’ll welcome in Anson Middle School (Blue) at 4 p.m.

 Submission by Teresa Mason, head coach, RMS

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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.