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Shawn Stinson

Position: Sports Editor
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ROCKINGHAM — There are photos hanging in the tower at Rockingham Dragway that hearken back to the “good old days” when the track hosted The Winston Invitational and other National Hot Rod Association-sanctioned events.
The Winston was similar to the NASCAR All-Star Race in it was a non-points event and usually had higher payouts

'The Rock' continues to drag

ROCKINGHAM — There are photos hanging in the tower at Rockingham Dragway that hearken back to the “good old days” when the track hosted The Winston Invitational and other National Hot Rod Association-sanctioned events. The Winston was similar to the NASCAR All-Star Race in it was a non-points event and usually had higher payouts

Following her team's loss to South Caldwell Friday night, Richmond Senior softball coach Wendy Wallace made a joke about having to break through the fourth-round ceiling now.
Despite being one of the top programs in the area under Wallace, Richmond could never get past the second round of the state 4A playoffs.
That is, until last season. That's

Richmond softball primed to take the next step

Following her team's loss to South Caldwell Friday night, Richmond Senior softball coach Wendy Wallace made a joke about having to break through the fourth-round ceiling now. Despite being one of the top programs in the area under Wallace, Richmond could never get past the second round of the state 4A playoffs. That is, until last season. That's

ROCKINGHAM — New Richmond Senior football coach Mike Castellano has been a busy man.
After accepting the job and being approved by the school board, Castellano has had to find a place to live in Richmond County, pack up the things in his old apartment, move his belongings to his “home” and continue teaching at Middle Creek as wel

Castellano leads Raiders in practice

ROCKINGHAM — New Richmond Senior football coach Mike Castellano has been a busy man. After accepting the job and being approved by the school board, Castellano has had to find a place to live in Richmond County, pack up the things in his old apartment, move his belongings to his “home” and continue teaching at Middle Creek as wel

HUDSON — It was tailor-made for a comeback.
Richmond Senior's top hitter at the plate with a chance to keep the inning alive for the team's top run producers.
With Richmond's back against the wall, Doodle Jacobs lofted a lazy pop to first. South Caldwell's Haley Crouch calmly closed her mitt on the ball to end the threat — and the bal

Spartans slay Raiders

HUDSON — It was tailor-made for a comeback. Richmond Senior's top hitter at the plate with a chance to keep the inning alive for the team's top run producers. With Richmond's back against the wall, Doodle Jacobs lofted a lazy pop to first. South Caldwell's Haley Crouch calmly closed her mitt on the ball to end the threat — and the bal

ROCKINGHAM — Tre Pettigrew is very shy and reserved. When he talks, it is barely above a whisper.
That's OK, because Pettigrew allows his play on the basketball court to do all the talking for him.
Pettigrew became the first Richmond Senior basketball player in two seasons to sign a letter of intent when he inked with Guilford Technical Com

Pettigrew signs with Guilford Tech

ROCKINGHAM — Tre Pettigrew is very shy and reserved. When he talks, it is barely above a whisper. That's OK, because Pettigrew allows his play on the basketball court to do all the talking for him. Pettigrew became the first Richmond Senior basketball player in two seasons to sign a letter of intent when he inked with Guilford Technical Com

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera was known for being a tad bit conservative and following conventional football wisdom when he was first hired.
Rivera's tenure with Carolina was about to come to an abrupt end after he infamously elected to kick a field goal when facing a fourth-and-1 at the Buffalo 21 with 1:42 left in the game. At the time, the

Castellano brings a gambler's mentality to the Raiders

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera was known for being a tad bit conservative and following conventional football wisdom when he was first hired. Rivera's tenure with Carolina was about to come to an abrupt end after he infamously elected to kick a field goal when facing a fourth-and-1 at the Buffalo 21 with 1:42 left in the game. At the time, the

ROCKINGHAM — It's like deja vu all over again.
Last season the Richmond Senior softball team advanced to the fourth round of the state 4A East Region and faced an undefeated Cape Fear squad on the road. The Colts came into the game with a 25-0 record and the Raiders set a school mark with 28 straight victories.
Cape Fear managed to inch pas

Raiders, Spartans set for battle

ROCKINGHAM — It's like deja vu all over again. Last season the Richmond Senior softball team advanced to the fourth round of the state 4A East Region and faced an undefeated Cape Fear squad on the road. The Colts came into the game with a 25-0 record and the Raiders set a school mark with 28 straight victories. Cape Fear managed to inch pas

ROCKINGHAM — There was a moment when it looked as if the Richmond Senior baseball team might not earn one of the automatic berths into the state 4A playoffs.
That quickly vanished as Richmond reeled off two straight victories to finish second behind Lumberton in the Southeastern Conference regular-season standings. The Raiders would continue

Five Raiders snare all-SEC honors

ROCKINGHAM — There was a moment when it looked as if the Richmond Senior baseball team might not earn one of the automatic berths into the state 4A playoffs. That quickly vanished as Richmond reeled off two straight victories to finish second behind Lumberton in the Southeastern Conference regular-season standings. The Raiders would continue

ROCKINGHAM — After 54 days and an 18-minute closed-door session, Richmond Senior has its 10th football coach in the school's 43-year history.
By a vote of 4-0, the Richmond County Board of Education approved Mike Castellano to succeed Paul Hoggard in an emergency meeting Wednesday morning. In attendance were board members Jerry Ethridge, Bob

Richmond has its man

ROCKINGHAM — After 54 days and an 18-minute closed-door session, Richmond Senior has its 10th football coach in the school's 43-year history. By a vote of 4-0, the Richmond County Board of Education approved Mike Castellano to succeed Paul Hoggard in an emergency meeting Wednesday morning. In attendance were board members Jerry Ethridge, Bob

CHARLOTTE — This time, the skies were clear and there was no precipitation in sight.
The only thing raining down were the hits off the Richmond Senior bats. Richmond finished the contest with 14 hits in a 10-4 victory over Olympic Wednesday in the third round of the state 4A playoffs.
The game was postponed Tuesday after one pitch because o

Raiders march into 4th round

CHARLOTTE — This time, the skies were clear and there was no precipitation in sight. The only thing raining down were the hits off the Richmond Senior bats. Richmond finished the contest with 14 hits in a 10-4 victory over Olympic Wednesday in the third round of the state 4A playoffs. The game was postponed Tuesday after one pitch because o

ROCKINGHAM — The search for the 10th football coach in Richmond Senior may have finally come to an end.
Sources have confirmed to the Richmond County Daily Journal that Richmond County Schools superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman is expected to submit Mike Castellano to the board for approval later this week.
Castellano has been coach at Middle

Castellano expected to lead Raiders

ROCKINGHAM — The search for the 10th football coach in Richmond Senior may have finally come to an end. Sources have confirmed to the Richmond County Daily Journal that Richmond County Schools superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman is expected to submit Mike Castellano to the board for approval later this week. Castellano has been coach at Middle

ROCKINGHAM — For the longest time, Richmond Senior's Armando Garcia was trying to figure out which college to attend this fall.
In the beginning, he was looking at four, but whittled it down to two. Garcia elected to go with the school he felt was the best fit for him — Cape Fear Community College.
“It caught my attention,”

Garcia signs with Cape Fear

ROCKINGHAM — For the longest time, Richmond Senior's Armando Garcia was trying to figure out which college to attend this fall. In the beginning, he was looking at four, but whittled it down to two. Garcia elected to go with the school he felt was the best fit for him — Cape Fear Community College. “It caught my attention,”

CHARLOTTE — The Richmond Senior softball team piled into the bus to make the two-hour trek to Olympic High School for the third-round matchup in the state 4A playoffs.
After both teams warmed up and took to the infield, it was time to play ball. The only problem was the threatening clouds in the sky.
Richmond leadoff hitter Kelsey Mabe step

Raiders, Trojans postponed

CHARLOTTE — The Richmond Senior softball team piled into the bus to make the two-hour trek to Olympic High School for the third-round matchup in the state 4A playoffs. After both teams warmed up and took to the infield, it was time to play ball. The only problem was the threatening clouds in the sky. Richmond leadoff hitter Kelsey Mabe step

ROCKINGHAM — Only two members of the Richmond Senior girls soccer team were selected to the all-conference squad last season.
Cherie Ellerbe graduated and Nile Fisher elected not to play this year. So it was not known if this season's version of the Raiders would be able to improve on that number.
Well, they did — this time around it

Four Raiders receive SEC honors

ROCKINGHAM — Only two members of the Richmond Senior girls soccer team were selected to the all-conference squad last season. Cherie Ellerbe graduated and Nile Fisher elected not to play this year. So it was not known if this season's version of the Raiders would be able to improve on that number. Well, they did — this time around it

ROCKINGHAM — It is now official.
Mike Castellano is the next head football coach at Richmond Senior.
The Richmond County Board of Education voted to approve Castellano as the school's 10th football coach in its 43-year history at an emergency meeting Wednesday morning.
Castellano will replace Paul Hoggard, who stepped down after eight seas

Board approves Castellano as FB coach

ROCKINGHAM — It is now official. Mike Castellano is the next head football coach at Richmond Senior. The Richmond County Board of Education voted to approve Castellano as the school's 10th football coach in its 43-year history at an emergency meeting Wednesday morning. Castellano will replace Paul Hoggard, who stepped down after eight seas

Shawn Stinson|Daily Journal
Erran Greene, left, and Chelsea Davis were named the W.T. Bellamy male and female outstanding athletes of the year at Richmond Senior. Nile Fisher was named the Charles and Claudette Brownley Booster Club Scholarship female winner. Joseph Griffith was the Charles and Claudette Brownley Booster Club Scholarship male winn

Davis, Greene named top athletes at RSHS banquet

Shawn Stinson|Daily Journal Erran Greene, left, and Chelsea Davis were named the W.T. Bellamy male and female outstanding athletes of the year at Richmond Senior. Nile Fisher was named the Charles and Claudette Brownley Booster Club Scholarship female winner. Joseph Griffith was the Charles and Claudette Brownley Booster Club Scholarship male winn

HAMLET — Ever since Kyle Roller appeared at his Hit-A-Thon back in January, Hamlet Middle School baseball coach Ralph Butler has been racking his brain to show the former Richmond Senior standout his appreciation.
Last month the light bulb came on for Butler — take his team to watch Roller play.
“Katie (Drouin), his fiancé,

Red Rams return the favor to Roller

HAMLET — Ever since Kyle Roller appeared at his Hit-A-Thon back in January, Hamlet Middle School baseball coach Ralph Butler has been racking his brain to show the former Richmond Senior standout his appreciation. Last month the light bulb came on for Butler — take his team to watch Roller play. “Katie (Drouin), his fiancé,

ROCKINGHAM — The good news is that Richmond Senior's third-round opponent, Olympic, doesn't know much about them.
The bad news is that Richmond also doesn't know too much about Olympic.
That has been the case in two out of the three games in the playoffs for Richmond coach Wendy Wallace. Since Richmond and Scotland battled Friday night, Wal

Raiders hit the road to face Trojans

ROCKINGHAM — The good news is that Richmond Senior's third-round opponent, Olympic, doesn't know much about them. The bad news is that Richmond also doesn't know too much about Olympic. That has been the case in two out of the three games in the playoffs for Richmond coach Wendy Wallace. Since Richmond and Scotland battled Friday night, Wal

CONCORD — Everyone knows there are no points to be won and no way to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
This doesn't stop drivers from pushing their cars to the limit and beyond to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race.
With a history of cars flipping on their roofs at the finish line and other exciting wreck-filled endings, this y

Hamlin heads to All-Star Victory Lane

CONCORD — Everyone knows there are no points to be won and no way to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. This doesn't stop drivers from pushing their cars to the limit and beyond to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race. With a history of cars flipping on their roofs at the finish line and other exciting wreck-filled endings, this y

ROCKINGHAM — It may not be visible, but there is a chip on Dannell Ellerbe's shoulder.
He is looking to erase the last two seasons and anxious for a fresh start in New Orleans.
“It's guys that want to win. I can honestly say it's a place that knows how to win,” Ellerbe said. “I'm glad I'm getting back to a place with a gre

Ellerbe set to shine for Saints

ROCKINGHAM — It may not be visible, but there is a chip on Dannell Ellerbe's shoulder. He is looking to erase the last two seasons and anxious for a fresh start in New Orleans. “It's guys that want to win. I can honestly say it's a place that knows how to win,” Ellerbe said. “I'm glad I'm getting back to a place with a gre





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