ROCKINGHAM – New to the lineup of winter sports at Richmond Senior High School this year is bowling, and the Raiders will have both a boys and girls team competing in the Sandhills Athletic Conference.
On Wednesday, both teams had their last practice before the SAC league season startsThursday in Lumberton at 4 p.m. Other teams in the SAC that have bowling teams include Scotland, Pinecrest, Jack Britt, Lumberton, Seventy-First, Purnell Swett, and Hoke.
Jeff Ingram is coaching both teams, and he has experience bowling in leagues and bowling at state bowling championships.
The new bowling league will be using the “Baker format,” where team members bowl in the same game instead of separate individual games and their final score will be compared to two other teams in the league at each meet.
“I don’t really have any expectations with this being our first year,” Ingram admitted when asked about the upcoming season. “But like any sport, we hope to go out and do better each week.”
Team members seemed to be excited about the upcoming year.
“It’s going to be a fun season I feel like,” said junior Evan Hudson. “It’s something new for most of us here ,so it will be a fun learning experience. Hopefully we can get better and juniors that are coming back next season, we will do even better then.”
Taylor Graves is also looking forward to this coming season.
“I am very excited about this season because we have a lovely team and we all get along as a family,” Graves said. “And I think we are going to get better as we go because this is our first year.”
The Raiders’ bowling teams open the season Thursday and have their second match on November 28 in Fayetteville. Look for results in the Richmond Observer.