ROCKINGHAM — Despite his boys team finishing third, Richmond Senior cross country coach Reggie Miller was quick to tell his counterparts he is looking forward to the Southeastern Conference meet later this month.
Miller wryly said because he knows he raced Tuesday afternoon without two of his top five runners.
“We will be all right,” Miller said. “We were without Zac Paul and Aaron English. Zac is playing soccer and Aaron was injured at Saturday’s meet.”
Scotland’s boys team captured the three-school meet with a score of 23, followed by Purnell Swett with a 58. Richmond finished with a 64.
Individually, Logan Ward from Scotland won the meet with a time of 17:18. Purnell Swett’s Schayne Davis edged Richmond’s Brandon Gibson for second in a time of 17:41. Darren Conklin was Richmond’s only other top 10 finisher, clocking in with a time of 19:30.
In the girls meet, Richmond was the only school to field a complete team. Purnell Swett sent out three runners and Scotland had two.
Purnell Swett’s Chloe Woriax outlasted Richmond’s Summer Moore to win the meet. Woriax completed the race in a time of 23:15, while Moore posted a time of 23:39. Richmond’s other top runners were: Cameron Hudson was fourth (24:59), Brandi Miller came in sixth (28:09), Amber Grant took seventh (28:38) and Hannah Craven was eighth (28:53).
“We have one more meet before the conference meet,” Miller said. “This is the best group of kids I have worked with.”
Richmond will travel to Lumberton’s Britt Park 5 p.m. Oct. 8 to compete in a three-school meet with Lumberton and Pinecrest. The SEC meet is slated for Oct. 19 at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford.
Yellow Jackets shut out Raiders
SANFORD — Lee County scored on a penalty kick in each half en route to downing Richmond 3-0 in a nonconference contest Tuesday night.
The Raiders fall to 3-6-1 overall and will return to Southeastern Conference play 7 p.m. today at home against Hoke County.
“We played well,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “We took it to them for the first 12 to 14 minutes. Then we tried to clear the ball and it went right to a guy, who blasted the ball into the back of the net. We will regroup and get ready for Hoke.”
In the junior varsity game, Lee stopped Richmond 2-0. The JV Raiders are now 5-3.
Purnell Swett edges Richmond in 5
PEMBROKE — For the second time this season, Richmond extended Purnell Swett to five sets.
And just like before, the Raiders came up short as the Rams avoided the upset 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 22-25 and 15-13.
“We played hard and we played well,” Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey said. “We had 10 missed serves which killed us. Take out those missed serves and it might have been a different outcome.”
With the loss, Richmond falls to 4-11 overall and 2-5 in the Southeastern Conference. The defeat also puts the Raiders on the brink of elimination of finishing in the top three in the league standings to earn an automatic bid to the 4A state playoffs.
Richmond will return to the court 6 p.m. Thursday at Lumberton.
Pinecrest blanks Richmond in tennis
ROCKINGHAM — The Pinecrest girls tennis team rolled to a 9-0 victory over Richmond Senior Tuesday afternoon.
The Patriots lost only one game during the match at the No. 5 singles match when Delaney Kjellsen downed Kristen Morrison 6-1, 6-0.
Richmond will close out its regular season schedule 4 p.m. Thursday when it plays host to Scotland.
Raiders drop in latest polls
ROCKINGHAM — Despite a 56-27 win over Anson last week, the Richmond Senior football team fell one spot in the latest North Carolina Associated Press poll released Tuesday afternoon.
Richmond and Butler swapped positions this week. The Bulldogs moved up to eighth, while the Raiders dropped to ninth.
Mallard Creek retained the No. 1 position, earning all 12 first-place votes. Scotland, West Mecklenburg and East Forsyth stayed steady at second, third and fourth, respectively. Dudley and Hough were tied for fifth. The rest of the top 10 are: Mount Tabor, Butler, Richmond and Wake Forest.
In the NCPreps.com poll, Richmond jumped to ninth from 10th this week. Mallard Creek received all eighth first-place ballots to remain at the top. Scotland, East Forsyth, West Mecklenburg, Hough and Dudley held their positions from second to sixth. Mount Tabor, Butler and Richmond moved up one spot. Wake Forest rounded out the top 10.
The top six teams held on to their positions in this week’s CarolinaPreps.com Power Rankings. Mallard Creek is No. 1, followed by Scotland, West Mecklenburg, Hough, East Forsyth and Butler. Mount Tabor switched spots with Dudley as Richmond remained ninth followed by Wake Forest.
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