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The Week Ahead: Richmond athletics continue SAC action, football teams close non-conference

ROCKINGHAM — Another busy week lies ahead for Richmond Senior High School’s fall sports teams, which look to get back into a rhythm after a weather-shortened week.

Hurricane Idalia postponed sporting events last Wednesday and Thursday, and several other rainouts occurred earlier in the week. With the rollover to a new week, several programs will continue Sandhills Athletic Conference play.

Lady Raider volleyball continues conference play

Notching two wins last week, the Lady Raider volleyball team won both matches in four sets to get back over the .500 mark. 

The latter of those wins for Richmond (4-3, 1-0 SAC) came against Southern Lee High School to open conference play. Two more SAC matches await the Lady Raiders in the coming days.

At Hoke County High School (3-4, 0-1 SAC) on Tuesday, Richmond will also travel to Union Pines High School (5-2, 1-0 SAC) on Thursday. Early on, the Lady Raiders are tied with the Lady Vikings and Scotland High School for the conference lead.

Last week’s match against Pinecrest High School, which was postponed, will be made up on Monday, Sept. 11, at Richmond. Varsity matches will start at 6 p.m.

The junior varsity volleyball team (5-2, 1-0 SAC) will play at Hoke County and Union Pines, both at 5 p.m.

Two SAC matches for Raider soccer team this week

The Raider soccer team was the most weather-impacted program last week, which saw matches on Monday (lightning) and Wednesday (Hurricane Idalia) postponed.

Not having played a match since Aug. 23, the Raiders (2-2) will play twice this week. Richmond will open SAC play at home against Pinecrest (5-1) on Wednesday.

A day later, the Raiders will welcome in Southern Lee High School (2-1) and make up last week’s rain out. Both matches will start at 7 p.m.

The Raiders will make up their non-conference match against Sun Valley High School on Sept. 21 at home.

In JV action, Richmond (1-1-1) will also host Pinecrest and Southern Lee on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. The JV Raiders will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Conference slate continues for Lady Raider tennis

Breaking into the win column last week against Hoke County, the Lady Raider tennis team (1-2, 1-2 SAC) saw its second match of the week postponed.

Just one home match awaits the Lady Raiders this week, who will host Lee County High School on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Last Thursday’s postponed match against Union Pines has been rescheduled for Sept. 25.

Richmond XC teams ready for first meet

More wet weather last Tuesday didn’t allow the Richmond boys’ and girls’ cross country teams the chance to open their season as originally anticipated.


Now the Raider and Lady Raider runners will get a chance to kick off their season with a home meet on Tuesday at Hinson Lake in Rockingham. 

Richmond will compete against Hoke County and Southern Lee, with the first race starting at 5 p.m. There has not been a make-up date announced for last week’s meet at Union Pines.

Winless matchup set for Raider football teams

Either Richmond or Myers Park High School will walk off the field Friday night with the team’s first win of the season. 

Both 0-3 to start, the Raiders and Mustangs will play for the first time since the fourth round of the 2019 NCHSAA 4A state playoffs. It’s Richmond’s final of four non-conference games to start the season.

Richmond will hit the road on Friday, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Myers Park.

The JV Raiders (0-2) didn’t play last week due to weather. They will host the JV Mustangs on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The Richmond Observer will publish a preview article for the varsity football game later in the week.

Sports editor’s note: The Richmond girls’ golf team, coached by Keith Parsons, opens its season a week from Monday. A season preview will be published later this week.

The Richmond Observer will continue its award-winning coverage of all of Richmond’s sports teams this school year.

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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.