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The Week Ahead: Fall sports welcome October

The cross country teams will run at Hinson Lake on Tuesday. (Contributed by Tami Davis McInnis)

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior High School fall sports teams will have a lighter schedule the first week of October.

All of this week’s upcoming action will be against Sandhills Athletic Conference opponents.

Volleyball team nears end of conference play

With three regular-season matches left on the schedule, the Lady Raider volleyball team (8-9, 5-4 SAC) sits in fourth place in the standings.

Richmond will start with a home match against second-place Union Pines (13-4, 6-2) on Wednesday, followed by a road trip to last-place Lee County (4-11, 0-8 SAC) on Thursday. Each varsity match will begin at 6 p.m.

In junior varsity action, Richmond (10-7, 4-5 SAC) will host Union Pines and also travel to Lee County. Those matches will start at 5 p.m.

Key 4A matchup for soccer team

Richmond’s soccer team (7-6-1, 3-3-1 SAC) is set to play just one match this week, a home game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against 4A opponent Hoke County High School (10-5-1, 4-3 SAC). The Raiders are currently in fifth place and the Bucks are in fourth place in the SAC.

The team’s road game against Pinecrest High School, which was scheduled for Monday, has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 19.

The JV Raiders (6-2-4, 3-1-2 SAC) will welcome in the JV Bucks (8-2-2, 3-2 SAC) on Wednesday as well. Action will start at 5 p.m.

Senior night scheduled for tennis team

The Lady Raider tennis team (4-6, 4-6 SAC) will be the first Richmond program to wrap up its regular season this week.

Richmond is tentatively scheduled to make up a rescheduled match against Lee County on Wednesday at home. Head coach Jessica Covington said that may change.

Senior night, which will recognize the team’s four seniors, is slated for Thursday against Scotland. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Home meet for cross country teams

Looking to keep their momentum going, the Richmond boys’ and girls’ cross country teams will host a meet at Hinson Lake on Tuesday.

The first race will begin at 5 p.m. and Richmond will compete against Pinecrest and Scotland.

Golf gets a week of practice

The Lady Raider golf team, which has improved its team score by four shots in each of its last two matches, will get the week off.


Head coach Keith Parsons said the Lady Raiders will use this time to practice and prepare for their first 18-hole match of the season next Monday at Whispering Pines.

Football on the road again Friday

On the heels of a shutout win over Hoke County on Friday for its second win of the season, Richmond’s football team (2-5, 2-1 SAC) will travel for the second week in a row.

Up next on the Raiders’ schedule is Union Pines (2-4, 1-1 SAC). It will be the second straight year traveling to face the Vikings. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The JV Raiders (2-4, 2-1 SAC) will host the JV Vikings (5-1, 1-1 SAC) 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.