Watkins wins class in meet

By Shawn Stinson

December 2, 2013

Shawn Stinson

Sports editor

MONROE — The Richmond Senior wrestling team had four grapplers place in the top four in their weight class during the two-day RedHawk Invitational last weekend at Monroe High School.

The Raiders finished fifth out of the 16 teams in the tournament.

“This was an outstanding performance for the Raiders as five wrestlers were wrestling out of their weight class,” Richmond coach Earl Nicholson said.

David Watkins won all three of his matches, two by pinfall, in the 285-pound division to finish first. He pinned Monroe’s Ty’Rek Harris and Parkwood’s Curtis Helms. Watkins defeated John Draper from Cox Mill 10-5.

Dominique Everette went 3-1 in the tournament and took third place at 138 pounds. He won two matches by pinfall, earned a win by disqualification and was pinned by Johnathon Page from South Pointe.

Trinity Hunt and Joshua Conrad both were 3-2 in the event and finished fourth in the 120 and 195 classes, respectively. All of Hunt’s matches were decided by pinfall. He pinned Drew Jackson from South Stanly, Ronnie Watts of Buford and Cox Mill’s Preston Berkowitz. Hunt was defeated by Daquan Chappell from Central and Parkwood’s Richard Taylor.

Like Hunt, Conrad’s wins and losses came via pinfall. Conrad pinned David Keever from South Stanly, Joshua Helms of Parkwood and Forest Hills’ Brooks Clontz. He was knocked off by South Pointe’s Zach Morgan and Kinan Sallah from Cox Mill.

Richmond will begin its Southeastern Conference season against Hoke County at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Raeford.

Raiders unveil new scheme

WINGATE — Richmond boys basketball team will be looking to speed things up on both ends of court this season.

The Raiders got their first taste of their new style of play Saturday afternoon against Forest Hills in a scrimmage game.

Richmond coach David Laton said the teams battled for five quarters.

“We tied the first quarter, then we won the next three and lost the fifth,” Laton said. “I thought we played hard. In the third quarter we got a 10 to 12 point-explosion which is what you will have with this system.”

Laton added he was pleased with way his team has embraced the up-tempo offense and defense.

“They’ve bought into it. They know it’s the best way for us to play,” Laton said. “It’s a lot of fun to play this way. They have taken to it like ducks to water.”

Both of Richmond’s basketball teams will open the season against Cheraw (S.C.) Tuesday at Raider Gymnasium. The girls will tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys will follow approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.