Richmond moves up in AP poll
by By Shawn Stinson
RALEIGH — After taking a short fall last week, the Richmond Senior football team moved up a spot in the latest Associated Press poll released Tuesday.
Coming off a 62-37 victory at Jack Britt, the Raiders jumped to third from fourth. Richmond received 108 points this week, trailing only Mallard Creek and Southeastern Conference rival Scotland. The Mavericks received 12 of the 13 first-place ballots cast, while the Fighting Scots received the other top vote.
West Mecklenburg made the biggest move going from 10th to fourth following its win over Independence. East Forsyth was fifth. Rounding out the top 10 are: Leesville Road, Dudley, Independence, Hough and Hillside.
The latest NCPreps.com poll has Richmond third behind Mallard Creek and Scotland. East Forsyth is fourth and West Mecklenburg checks in at No. 5. The rest of the top 10 is: Hough, Independence, Leesville Road and Dudley tied at 8th and North Davidson.
In the CarolinaPreps.com power rankings, the Raiders jumped two spots to third this week. Mallard Creek and Scotland are the top two squads, followed by Richmond, West Mecklenburg and East Forsyth. Dudley, Hough, Wake Forest, High Point Central and Independence round out the top 10.
RSHS tennis team notches first win
RAEFORD — The Richmond Senior girls tennis squad recorded its initial victory of the season, downing Hoke County 8-1 in a Southeastern Conference match Tuesday afternoon.
The Raiders (1-4, 1-4) swept the singles and dropped the No. 1 doubles contest in knocking off the Bucks.
“We played hard and I could tell the girls wanted it more,” Richmond coach Meghan Bergman said.
McKenzie Grimes defeated Taylor Jacobs 8-4 in the No. 1 singles contest. McKenzie Ransom stopped Alexie Osorio and Meredith McLean rolled past Hannah Locklear 8-1. Reagan Ross downed Janeil Buchanan 8-4. Kristen Morrison blanked Rachel Willis 8-0. Erica Rich picked up a forfeit victory in the final singles matchup.
In doubles, Jacobs and Osorio beat Grimes and Ransom 7-3. McLean and Ross edged Locklear and Willis 8-5. Hoke forfeited the No. 3 doubles match.
Richmond will return to action 4 p.m. today at South View.
Richmond finishes second in cross country meet
RAEFORD — The Richmond Senior cross country teams took second behind Pinecrest in a three-team meet with Hoke County Tuesday afternoon.
In the boys meet, the Patriots finished with a team score of 17, while the Raiders posted a total of 50. The Bucks notched 82 points. On the girls side, Pinecrest had a team total of 15, followed by Richmond at 55 and Hoke with 90.
Brandon Gibson and Darren Conklin led the way for the Raiders, placing fifth and 13th, respectively. Summer Moore finished 11th and Maizey Peek 16th for the Richmond girls.
“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare,” Richmond coach Reggie Miller said. “We prepared but Pinecrest edged us out.”
Richmond will return to action 5 p.m. Tuesday at Scotland in a three-team meet with Pinecrest.
Patriots sweep Raiders in volleyball
SOUTHERN PINES — The Pinecrest volleyball team turned back Richmond Tuesday night to send the Raiders to their third straight Southeastern Conference defeat.
The Patriots swept the contest 25-20, 25-18 and 25-14.
“We have to play as a team in order to win,” Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey said. “We are always having an off game at some position. Samantha Jacobs had some great passes and Hunter Parks had some good hits in the middle.”
The defeat drops Richmond to 2-8 overall and 1-3 in the SEC. The Raiders will return to the court 6 p.m. today at home against West Montgomery.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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