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Richmond football, basketball highlight full week back from Thanksgiving break

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Senior Jarvis Tillman (35) will look to help the Raiders improve on their 2-0 start to the season. Senior Jarvis Tillman (35) will look to help the Raiders improve on their 2-0 start to the season. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — With much of Richmond County still on cloud nine following the football team’s third-round playoff win over Myers Park, Richmond Senior High School will see the return of its winter sports programs starting Tuesday.

Richmond basketball teams look to continue hots starts

Both the Richmond boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams will return to action Tuesday when they host non-conference Southern Lee High School. Prior to the Thanksgiving hiatus, the Raiders and Lady Raiders were off to 2-0 starts after sweeping Anson High School.

For the Lady Raiders, junior point guard Jayla McDougald is averaging a team-high 18 points per game to start the year, as she and senior teammate Keionna Love (13 PPG) will look to continue to lead Teddy Moseley’s squad.

Head coach Donald Pettigrew’s Raiders have seen junior forward Nygie Stroman get out to a booming start, averaging 19.5 points a game. Fellow junior point guard PJ McLaughlin’s 12.5 PPG is a team second best to start the season.

Richmond will also open Sandhills Athletic Conference play on Thursday when it hosts Purnell Swett High School. Lady Raider action will start at 6 p.m., followed by the Raiders around 7:30 p.m.

Wrestling opens SAC competition

Head coach Earl Nicholson and the Raider wrestling team will get their first taste of conference competition when they travel to Scotland High School on Wednesday. The Raiders will compete against SAC opponents Hoke County and Pinecrest high schools starting at 6 p.m.

Through two non-conference duals this season, the Raiders are 7-3. The second edition of the Raider Rumble will also be held Saturday inside Raider Gymnasium, and will feature a host of conference and non-conference opponents. Matches will begin at 9 a.m. 

Raider, Lady Raider bowling teams back to the lanes

Also set to return will be the Richmond boys’ and girls’ bowling teams, which will head to Laurinburg Bowling Center on Thursday for their second meet of the season. Head coach Ralph Butler’s teams will look to rebound from a slow start with two more matches, which are slated for a 4 p.m. start.

Richmond swimming, indoor track get closer to season openers

The Raider and Lady Raider swimming teams are one week closer to beginning their season on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Saint Andrews University. New this season, the SAC meets will only have six of the eight conference teams competing, and Richmond’s bye week is Week 1, which is actually this Wednesday.

ROSports will provide pre-season coverage of the swimming teams and third-year head coach Mike Way this week.

The Lady Raider indoor track team and head coach Reggie Miller will start their season on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Polar Bear Meet at Reid Ross High School. Pre-season coverage will also be starting in the coming week.

No. 1 Raiders to host Vance in Western regional championship

Perhaps the biggest sporting event of the week will be when the top-seeded Raider football team welcomes in No. 10 Vance High School in the 4AA West regional championship on Friday.

An estimated 9,000 fans packed Raider Stadium for the Raiders’ statement win over Myers Park, and head coach Bryan Till and the entire Richmond program are asking fans to show out in the team’s first regional championship appearance in 11 seasons. It will also be the first time in 20 years the Raiders (13-0) have hosted the event.

Kickoff against the Cougars (11-2) is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday. ROSports will have full coverage of the regional championship.

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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