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The Week Ahead: Fall sports continue

The Richmond cheerleading team cheers during Friday's win at Southern Lee. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — The sixth week of high school athletics begins Monday, with all of Richmond Senior High School’s fall sports teams in action.

Lady Raider volleyball hopes to end slide

Currently on a season-long three-match losing streak, the Lady Raider volleyball team will get three chances this week to try to get back above the .500 mark.

Richmond (6-7, 2-3 Sandhills Athletic Conference) and head coach Ashleigh Larsen will play on three straight nights starting with rival Scotland High School (7-4, 3-2 SAC) at home on Tuesday. It’s “middle school night,” which will allow members of the county’s middle school teams in for free.

Sitting in fifth place in the SAC standings, the Lady Raiders will then face non-conference Pine Forest (7-7) on the road Wednesday for the Norton Strong Game, played in memory of Jason Norton.

The week will conclude with another home match against last-place Southern Lee (4-7, 0-5 SAC) on Thursday. Varsity start times at home will be at 6:15 p.m. and the match at Pine Forest will start at 5:30 p.m.

Raider soccer set for three matches

After splitting a pair of matches last week, the Raider soccer team (3-6-1, 2-2 SAC) will face one SAC opponent and two non-conference squads this week. 

Up first will be a road trip to Lee County (5-4-3, 2-0-1 SAC) on Monday at 7 p.m., followed by a home match against Terry Sanford (6-2) on Tuesday. 

The Raiders and head coach Chris Larsen, who are currently in fourth place in the SAC standings, will cap their week with visiting Northwood (4-5-1) on Thursday. All three matches will begin at 7 p.m.

Lady Raider tennis to face Pinecrest, Hoke County

While the Richmond girls’ tennis team will face two more conference opponents this week, it will play a total of three matches.

Starting on Tuesday, the Lady Raiders (3-3, 3-3 SAC) will play a doubleheader at Pinecrest. The two teams had to postpone their first meeting earlier in the season.

Thursday’s match will also be on the road at Hoke County, a team that Richmond swept in their first match against one another. Both days of action will begin at 4 p.m.

Cross country teams ready for Lee County, Scotland

Another week brings another 3.2-mile race for the Richmond boys’ and girls’ cross country teams. This week’s meet will be held by host Lee County, with rival Scotland also competing on Tuesday.

The Lady Raiders are coming off back-to-back race wins with sophomore Mariana Mendez finishing both races in first place. The Raiders have finished tied with Lee County in their last two meets.

The first race is set to begin at 5 p.m., followed by the second start time of 5:30 p.m.

Lady Raider golf team prepares for final nine-hole match

Sophomore golfer Ella Munn will tee off in her third match of the season at Sanford Golf Course on Monday.


The SAC match will be nine holes, the final half round before golfers begin competing in 18-hole matches next week.

Munn and the other golfers from around the Sandhills will begin play at 3 p.m.

Football teams gear up for familiar foe Pinecrest

The final game of a month-long road trip will conclude for the Richmond varsity football team on Friday with a short trip up HWY 1 North.

The Raiders (2-3, 1-0 SAC) and head coach Bryan Till will continue conference play with a game at Pinecrest (2-2, 0-0 SAC). 

The first of the team’s two 4A conference games this season, the Raiders will look to win their third straight game. Kickoff against the Patriots is set for 7:30 p.m. 

Richmond’s junior varsity team (2-2, 1-0 SAC) will host Pinecrest on Thursday at 6:30 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.