Pinecrest slips past Richmond
by By Shawn Stinson
SOUTHERN PINES — Despite his squad having a sub-.500 record, Richmond Senior soccer coach Bennie Howard knows a bounce here and there can turn things around.
“After tonight, I think we are the best 1-5-1 team in the state,” Howard said. “We just can’t seem to catch a break.”
Monday night was another example as Pinecrest took advantage of two opportunities in the first half and posted a 3-1 victory over Richmond in a Southeastern Conference clash.
The league-leading Patriots improve to 9-0-1 on the season and 4-0 in the SEC. The Raiders are now 1-3 in conference action.
Sergio Charparo scored Richmond’s lone goal on a penalty kick midway through the second half.
“We played well and I can’t complain as a coach about that,” Howard said. “I have no qualms about losing tonight, we just have to practice tomorrow and get ready for Scotland on Wednesday.”
With the automatic bids from the SEC being trimmed from four to three, Richmond is in a battle with Hoke County and Scotland for third place. Howard hopes his team will be able to gain some momentum moving forward.
“We have to win the ones we are supposed to win,” Howard said. “We have to do some damage in the second half and hopefully boost ourselves up the ladder.”
In the junior varsity contest, Pinecrest blanked Richmond 1-0. The JV Raiders are now 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.
Raiders compete in golf match
LAURINBURG — The Richmond Senior girls golf team placed fifth in the latest Southeastern Conference match Monday afternoon.
The Raiders finished with a team score of 408. Pinecrest captured the match by 80 strokes with a score of 306. Hoke County was second at 386, two shots better than Scotland. Purnell Swett took fourth at 400. Lumberton only had three golfers compete and didn’t register a total.
Cassie McFayden led the way for the Raiders, carding a 100. Kim Covington shot a 101, Cassie Smith fired a 102 and Hannah Altman had a 105. McKenzie Henson recorded a 109 and Karrington Locklear had a 114.
The SEC teams will return to action 2 p.m. Monday at Richmond Pines.
Former Raider earns national honor
PEMBROKE — Former Richmond Senior standout and current member of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke football team L.J. Stroman was one of six players to garner Defensive Player of the Week recognition by Beyond Sports Network.
Stroman recorded a career-high 11 solo tackles in a win over Shaw Saturday afternoon. Stroman added an interception and two pass breakups in the 41-20 victory.
Former Raider wide receiver John Rich also shined for the Braves. Rich caught five passes for 60 yards and three touchdowns.
Hamlet sweeps Ellerbe
HAMLET — The Hamlet Middle School volleyball opened its season with two victories over Ellerbe Monday afternoon.
The Red Rams downed the Wildcats 25-18 and 25-5 in the first match and 25-1, 25-19 in the nightcap.
Trinity Stanley had 35 service points and six aces, Altman Griffin added 12 service points and two aces, and Grayson Way finished the match with nine service points and two aces.
Hamlet (2-0) will travel to Rohanen 4 p.m. Monday.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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