ROCKINGHAM — The second week of high school athletics will see a fourth program join the mix for Richmond Senior High School.
Back in action this week will be the football, boys’ soccer and volleyball teams, as the girls’ tennis team will make its season debut.
Lady Raiders hit the road in week two
After a trio of home matches to start the season last week, the Richmond volleyball team will play two non-conference matches away in the coming days.
Starting the season 2-1, head coach Ashleigh Larsen and the Lady Raiders will get an early-season shot at redemption on Tuesday. Richmond will travel to Montgomery Central High School (3-0) and try to avenge a four-set loss.
Following that match, the Lady Raiders will face another familiar non-conference opponent in Uwharrie Charter Academy (2-1) on Thursday. The two teams played during the preseason, but no score was kept.
Both varsity matches will begin around 6 p.m. after the completion of the JV Lady Raiders (2-1), who will also face Montgomery Central and Uwharrie Charter. The JV matches will start at 4:30 p.m. (Tuesday) and 5 p.m. (Thursday).
Raider soccer set for home, away matches
The Richmond Raider soccer team will get to play in front of its home crowd once this week, while also traveling north for a road match.
In week one, Richmond and head coach Chris Larsen netted a 1-1 record and will look to reenter the win column on Monday when they host Independence High School (2-0).
That will be followed by a road match at Uwharrie Charter Academy on Wednesday. The Eagles are 1-0 to start the season.
The Raiders will play at 7 p.m. on Monday and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, which is a varsity-only match. In junior varsity action, the JV Raiders (1-1) will host Independence at 5:30 p.m.
Girls’ tennis opens season with two home matches
Head coach Jessica Covington and the Lady Raider tennis team start their Sandhills Athletic Conference schedule this week.
The Lady Raiders will host Southern Lee and Pinecrest high schools on Tuesday and Thursday. Senior Neely Turner and junior Hanna Smith will be the No.1 and No. 2 singles seeds, respectively.
Richmond will get underway against the Lady Cavaliers and Lady Patriots at 4 p.m.
Richmond football looks to bounce back against Butler
Both the Richmond varsity and junior varsity football teams suffered a loss in week one to Seventy-First High School, but the focus has now shifted to another non-conference opponent.
The second stage of the four-game non-conference schedule features David W. Butler High School. The varsity Raiders fell 41-13 to the Falcons and the varsity Bulldogs also lost their season opener to Rolesville High School.
Richmond (0-1) and head coach Bryan Till are embracing the tough non-conference slate, aiming to get better each week. During week one, both sophomore quarterbacks Evan Hodges and Domonic Tillman saw action for the Raiders.
The JV Raiders (0-1), who lost 18-6 in their season opener, will welcome in the JV Bulldogs on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It will be Butler’s first JV game of the season.
The Richmond Observer will publish a preview article for the varsity football game later in the week.
Sports editor’s note: Richmond’s cross country teams will begin their seasons on Aug. 29. The Lady Raider golf team will also continue its preseason practices this week.
The Richmond Observer will continue its award-winning coverage of all of Richmond’s sports teams this school year.