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The Week Ahead: Richmond celebrates homecoming

ROCKINGHAM — Homecoming week is upon Richmond Senior High School’s student-athletes.

A couple of weeks sooner than in recent years, homecoming will see the varsity football team host Southern Lee High School on Friday to begin Sandhills Athletic Conference play.

It will also be the first week of the season that all six fall sports programs will be in action.

Volleyball set for trio of matches

Three matches in three days is how the Lady Raider volleyball team will spend its homecoming week.

Richmond (5-4, 2-1 SAC) will host Pinecrest (6-5, 2-0 SAC) on Monday, a make-up game from Aug. 31. That will be followed by another home match against Lee County (2-6, 0-3 SAC) on Tuesday.

Wednesday’s match will be on the road at non-conference Pine Forest (6-5), which Richmond defeated in the first week of the season. All varsity matches will start at 6 p.m.

The junior varsity volleyball team (5-4, 1-2) will follow the same schedule as the varsity team, and open play each night at 5 p.m.

Boys’ soccer eyes continued momentum

Coming off an impressive week against quality conference opponents, the Raider soccer team will try to add two more notches to its win column.

Richmond (3-2-1, 1-0-1 SAC) has two road matches, starting with Hoke County (7-2, 1-1 SAC) on Monday. After a day’s rest, the Raiders will head to Union Pines (2-6, 0-1 SAC) on Wednesday.

Both varsity matches will start at 7 p.m. and be preceded by the JV Raiders (2-1-2, 1-0-1 SAC). The JV games begin at 5 p.m.

Girls’ tennis, cross country teams get back to work

Weather kept the Lady Raider tennis and Raider and Lady Raider cross country teams from competing last week.

The Lady Raider tennis team (1-2, 1-2 SAC) will play two road matches, both set to start at 4 p.m.

First will be a trip to Scotland on Tuesday, followed by the start of the second round of conference play at Southern Lee on Thursday.

Cross country’s start to the season has gone 0-for-2 because of rain and heat, but the teams are expected to finally get on the course.

Richmond will run at host Southern Lee against Hoke County and Lee County. The first race will fire off at 5 p.m.


Girls’ golf team opens season

The final of Richmond’s six fall sports programs to begin the new season, the Lady Raider golf team will tee off on Monday.

This year’s team is made up of juniors Ella Munn and Jacey McRae, along with sophomore Emma Humann. 

The first match of the season will be held at Scotch Meadows in Laurinburg. The nine-hole competition will start at 3 p.m.

Football opens SAC slate

The Richmond varsity football team will look to hit the reset button as it opens its SAC schedule this week. The Raiders have gone 0-4 to start the year.

Homecoming will be played against Southern Lee (3-1), which has already tripled its win total from 2022. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or on GoFan.

Richmond’s JV football team (0-3) will travel to Southern Lee on Thursday and start at 6:30 p.m.

The Richmond Observer will publish a preview article for the varsity football game later in the 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 16-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on Twitter @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.