Raiders, Bulldogs to play at the beach
by By Shawn Stinson
SOUTHLAKE, Texas — The lineup for the 2014 version of the Derrick Law Firm Carolinas Kickoff Clash is now set in stone.
Organizers officially announced the matchups for the event late Wednesday night in a press release, among the games is Richmond Senior squaring off against a familiar foe — Marlboro County.
The schools have faced off on the gridiron 13 times with the Raiders winning all of the contests. The last meeting occurred on Aug. 17, 2007 as Richmond downed Marlboro 21-13 at Raider Stadium.
There were several tweaks to the event as well — the addition of two more teams, another venue and a third night of football.
West Brunswick will take on Myrtle Beach in Doug Shaw Stadium, while Conway will welcome Hoggard to E. Craig Wall Jr. Memorial Stadium. Both games are slated for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Richmond-Marlboro will be the only game the following night, with kickoff slated for 8 p.m. at Doug Shaw Stadium. Southeast Raleigh-Socastee will kick off the final day’s contests at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 30 at Doug Shaw Stadium. New Hanover will square off with South Florence in the last game at 8:30 p.m. also at Doug Shaw Stadium.
This season’s event featured four clashes between North and South Carolina teams. The Raiders-Seahawks matchup was the lone Friday contest, while there were three games on Saturday — Irmo vs. Hoggard, Dutch Fork vs. Southeast Raleigh, and Conway vs. New Hanover.
“When I walked away from the event in late August I knew there was opportunity to improve,” 151 Sports Marketing representative Mark Stafford said. “I wanted more competitive games and the chance to make sure we were distributing Carolina Cups to either North or South Carolina when the last whistle sounded. Five games will alleviate the chance for a tie between the states.”
“The extreme temperatures were definitely a factor so I knew it was important to add another night of play and get out of the heat of the day. The addition of Socastee, Marlboro County, South Florence and West Brunswick should enhance the attendance and interest.”
Richmond upends Lumberton
LUMBERTON — The Richmond Senior volleyball team overcame a boisterous crowd to down Lumberton in four sets.
The Raiders won the Southeastern Conference match 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18 to avenge a loss earlier this season to the Pirates in five.
“We played well tonight,” Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey said. “This week we’ve played the best we have all year. We had some problems during the game, but the girls kept their composure.”
Richmond improves to 5-11 overall and 3-5 in the SEC, while Lumberton slips to 12-5 and 4-4. The Raiders still have an outside chance of finishing in the top three in the conference standings to earn an automatic berth into the state 4A playoffs, but needs a lot of help.
Scotland is in first with a 7-1 league mark, Pinecrest and Purnell Swett are tied for second with 5-3 records, followed by Lumberton and Richmond. Hoke County is in last, going winless in its eight SEC contests.
Raiders fall in regular season finale
ROCKINGHAM — Scotland ruined Richmond’s Senior Day activities Thursday afternoon.
The Scots rolled to a 6-1 Southeastern Conference girls tennis victory over the Raiders.
Erica Rich earned Richmond’s lone point in the No. 6 singles match, downing Makayla Gilmore 6-1, 6-4.
Scotland’s top two players, Leslie Floyd and Sallie Wegner, didn’t lose a game in their singles or doubles contests. Floyd defeated McKenzie Grimes 6-0, 6-0, while Wegner stopped MacKenzie Ransom 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, Floyd and Wegner blanked Grimes and Ransom 8-0.
In the remaining singles matches, Anna Griswold slipped past Meredith McLean 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Camryn Ellis knocked off Reagan Ross 6-4, 6-2 and Bella Whitehead outlasted Kristen Morris 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 10-6.
“I’m so proud of them and how far they have come,” Richmond coach Meghan Bergman said. “I wasn’t expecting them to hit the ball over the net by the end of the year, but they are moving their feet, hitting serves where they are supposed to. They have improved in every aspect.”
The Raiders will return to the courts Tuesday in the Southeastern Conference tournament at the Laurinburg Tennis Center. Bergman also announced her lineup for the tournament, Grimes and Morrison will compete in the singles, the team of McLean and Ross will play in the doubles as will Ransom and Rich.
— 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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