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Richmond athletics transitions to winter sports beginning Tuesday

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Senior Austin Gallops and the Raider wrestling team are one of several winter sports programs to begin this week. Senior Austin Gallops and the Raider wrestling team are one of several winter sports programs to begin this week. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — As the temperatures in Richmond County have dropped off the past week, Richmond Senior High School sports fans are welcoming the transition to the 2019-2020 winter sports season.

The top-seeded Raider varsity football program is the lone fall sports team remaining and is set for its second round playoff game this Friday against No. 8 Hough High School. But five of the eight Richmond varsity winter sports programs, as well as three of the junior varsity teams, will compete for the first time this week.

Raider, Lady Raider basketball kicks off winter slate

The first teams to open winter sports play will be the boys’ and girls’ basketball programs. Both varsity squads, as well as both junior varsity programs, hit the hardwood Tuesday at home against Anson High School in the regular-season opener.

Starting at 4:15 p.m. will be the JV Lady Raiders, followed by the JV Raiders. Varsity action will tipoff at 6 p.m. with head coach Teddy Moseley and the girls’ team, followed by the Raiders and head coach Donald Pettigrew at 7:30 p.m.

Richmond will travel to Anson on Thursday for another non-conference meeting before taking the week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Click here for season previews on the Lady Raiders and Raiders.

Boys’ and girls’ bowling teams open third season

Two more varsity programs will also start this week as the Raider and Lady Raider bowling teams will travel to Lumberton Bowling Center to open Sandhills Athletic Conference play. In its third season, and second under head coach Ralph Butler, the Richmond bowling programs will hit the lanes Thursday at 4 p.m.

ROSports will publish a season preview before the teams’ first match.

Raider wrestling hosts home meet Saturday

Earl Nicholson and the Raider varsity and junior varsity wrestling teams will host the Richmond County Duals on Saturday in the high school’s gymnasium. The first of nearly 20 events on the schedule for Richmond, matches will begin at 9 a.m.

There are several veteran wrestlers returning to the mat this season, among them seniors Joey Nicholson (113-pound) and Austin Gallops (152-pound). Gallops was named to the All-SAC team last year, and is the reigning SAC champion in his weight class. A full preview will be released later this week.

Indoor track, boys’ and girls’ swimming teams await season starts

Having to wait a couple of weeks to open their respective seasons will be the Raider and Lady Raider swimming teams and the girls’ indoor track team. The swimming program enters its third season under the direction of head coach Mike Way, and swimmers will hit the pool for the first time on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Saint Andrews University.

Head coach Reggie Miller and the indoor track team will compete in the South View Polar Bear meet at Reid Ross High School on Saturday, Dec. 14. ROSports will publish season previews for both programs ahead of their respective starts.

Kyle Pillar

Three-time award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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