ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior athletic department is gearing up for the first official day of the fall season as the calendar approaches the final days of the month.
On Monday, July 31, four of the six Richmond teams that compete in the fall will be hosting their opening tryouts at the school. All returning — and new — athletes must have a physical on file.
The Raider football program will have the earliest start, as everyone interested in making this year’s team is expected to be on the practice field at 7 a.m. First-year head coach Bryan Till says he always gets a little anxious around this time of year.
“I get a little nervous before the first day — not because of football, but because of all the paperwork. I have to make sure all of that is taken care of,” Till said. “It’s not until about halfway through practice that I start to feel good. Everybody’s out there who’s going to be there and we get after it.”
“The kids are definitely excited about it, though,” he added.
Girls tennis coach Michael Way, who earned the 2016 Conference Coach of the Year honor, has the Lady Raiders’ tryout scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Monday. He will be looking to add more talent to a team that tied with Scotland for second place in the conference last year.
Richmond’s boys soccer team will have two dates for players to tryout (Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 1) before putting all of its focus on the season. Head coach Bennie Howard, who’s in his final season, expects tryouts to run from 4-6 p.m. on the school’s soccer field.
“We’ve got some good talent coming back and coming up from the JV team,” Howard said earlier this week.
The boys and girls cross country teams will end Monday with their tryout, which should begin at 7:30 p.m. Head coach Reggie Miller has been holding workouts over the summer — similar to the other sports — in hopes of getting runners ready for the long season ahead.
Richmond’s volleyball team is holding tryouts Tuesday (Aug. 1) and Wednesday (Aug. 2) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the school’s gymnasium. The third and final tryout day will be Thursday (Aug. 3) from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The Lady Raiders are looking forward to defending their undefeated run through conference play last season.
“I’m really eager for tryouts and the season to start, especially since everyone will be returning from last year’s team,” Wimpey said. “We’ve had a lot of young talent at our summer workouts…I’m looking forward to see what this season holds.”
Head coach Jeff Ingram will release the tryout information for the girls tennis team once school begins next month.
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Kaleb Douglas, left, snaps the ball to Caleb Hood (98) during the Richmond Senior football team’s 7-on-7 at Lee County two weeks ago. Both Douglas and Hood will use Monday’s practice, the first official day of the season, to help their chances of becoming the team’s starting quarterback.
The Richmond Senior boys soccer team will have two days of tryouts, next Monday and Tuesday, on the school field for both varsity and junior varsity squads.