ROCKINGHAM — Despite having last week off, the Richmond Senior football team moved up two spots in this week’s North Carolina Associated Press poll released Tuesday afternoon.
The Raiders (5-1) jumped from ninth to seventh and are one of two Southeastern Conference teams in the top 10.
Mallard Creek remained in the top spot, receiving 11 of the 12 first-place votes. Scotland, the other SEC squad, grabbed the other first-place ballot and stayed at No. 2. East Forsyth, Dudley and Hough slid up a position after West Mecklenburg was handed its first loss by Providence last week.
Butler, like Richmond, moved up two spots to sixth. Wake Forest is eighth, West Mecklenburg fell to ninth and West Forsyth entered the poll at No. 10.
In the CarolinaPreps.com power rankings, Richmond also jumped two spots to seventh this week.
Mallard Creek was still No. 1, followed by Scotland, Hough, Butler, East Forsyth and Dudley. West Forsyth checked in at No. 8, Wake Forest and West Mecklenburg rounded out the top 10.
Richmond was tied with West Forsyth for seventh in the latest NCPreps.com poll.
Mallard Creek received all seven first-place votes to sit atop the rankings. Scotland, East Forsyth, Hough, Dudley and Butler are ranked second to sixth. Wake Forest and West Mecklenburg rounded out the poll.
Richmond contests postponed
ROCKINGHAM — Three Richmond Senior athletic events scheduled for Tuesday were postponed because of rain in the area.
The Richmond-Purnell Swett boys soccer game which was moved from Monday because of wet conditions is now slated for 7 p.m. Thursday. Richmond is scheduled to travel to face Lumberton 7 p.m. today.
The opening rounds of the Southeastern Conference girls tennis tournament will now begin today and run through Thursday at the Scotland County Tennis Center.
This week’s SEC girls golf match at Pinecrest Country Club in Lumberton has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday.
Teams jockey for tournament seeding
ROCKINGHAM — Despite falling to Pinecrest Monday night, the Richmond Senior volleyball squad has an outside chance of grabbing the No. 4 seed in next week’s Southeastern Conference tournament.
Richmond would need to knock off Scotland today and have Purnell Swett defeat Lumberton. If this were to occur, then both the Raiders and the Pirates would finish with 4-6 marks in league play. By virtue of its win over a higher seeded team, Richmond would earn the tiebreaker and would host Lumberton in the first round of the tournament.
A win by both squads or a Raider loss would result in Richmond travelling to Lumberton on Monday.
Scotland has clinched the regular season title, while Pinecrest and Purnell Swett are still battling for the No. 2 seed and a bye in the opening round. With a win over the Scots, the Patriots hold the tiebreaker over the Rams. Purnell Swett would need a victory over Lumberton and for Hoke to upset Pinecrest to finish second.
The soccer standings are still wide open. Pinecrest and Lumberton each have one conference loss and split the season series. The Patriots have played one more game than the Pirates and have a half-game lead. Pinecrest is 6-1 in the SEC, while Lumberton is 5-1. If both teams win out, the final tiebreaker, a coin flip, would be used to determine the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
Hoke and Richmond are locked in a clash for third with the Bucks holding a half-game. Hoke is 4-3 in conference action, while the Raiders are 3-3. And like Pinecrest and Lumberton, both schools split the season series.
— 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.