ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior released its spring sports schedule this week and its baseball, softball and girls soccer contests are sprinkled with playoff teams from a season ago.
The Richmond baseball team reeled off a school-record 27 consecutive victories en route to the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament crowns. The squad advanced to the 4A East Regional Championship Series for the second straight season, falling to Fuquay-Varina in three games. The Raiders finished their year with a 28-3 mark.
This year’s schedule features 12 schools that advanced to the postseason last season, including Charlotte Christian. The Knights captured the NCISAA 3A state championship for the second consecutive year.
The team will open its season 4 p.m. Feb. 27 on the road against Porter Ridge.
The Richmond softball squad went undefeated in the SEC last season to win the conference championship, but lost in the tournament finals to Scotland. The Raiders stopped Harnett Central in the first round of the state 4A playoffs before falling to West Johnston in the second round and finished their season with a 21-4 record.
This year’s schedule includes 10 schools that qualified for the playoffs last season. Richmond will open its 2013 slate 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at home against Anson.
Richmond’s girls soccer team will attempt to rebound from last season’s 5-10-1 overall record and its 2-7-1 mark in the SEC. The Raiders failed to qualify for the postseason for the second time in the last three years.
This season’s slate includes nine teams that advanced to the playoffs last year. The Raiders will open play 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Forest Hills.
Richmond also announced its track and field scheduled for the spring as well.
The boys and girls team will have two home meets — March 20 and April 10. The first will feature Hoke and Lumberton, the latter will include Purnell Swett and Scotland.
Both teams will begin their season March 8 at the Weddington Invitational.
The school’s athletic director Ricky Young said the boys golf and boys tennis schedules haven’t been finalized at this time.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.