ROCKINGHAM — The East Montgomery girls tennis team lost four games in singles competition to roll to a 7-2 victory over Richmond Senior Monday afternoon.
The Eagles claimed 6-0, 6-0 victories in three of the singles matches as Mallory Blake downed Katy Shelley at No. 2, Brynn Hinson knocked off Abbi Carpenter in the third singles matchup, while Elizabeth Romero defeated Chelsea Covington in the final contest.
Monica Kellis beat Caroline Kirkland 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1. Heather Reynolds stopped Haleigh Denham 6-1, 6-0 in the fourth contest and Samantha Stewart halted Summer Jacobs 6-1, 6-1.
Richmond (1-4) captured two of the three doubles contests. Kirkland and Shelley combined to down Jada Cagle and Romero 8-5. Carpenter and Denham breezed to an 8-1 victory over Meredith Chappell and Makayla Sheffield. East Montgomery’s Hailee Alvarez and Susan Strong knocked off Jacobs and Covington 8-3.
Richmond coach Paula York believes this will be difficult week for her squad. Not only do the Raiders battle traditionally strong tennis powers East Montgomery, Pinecrest and Scotland, they do it on consecutive days.
“This will probably be the toughest week for us, start to finish,” York said. “East Montgomery has won a state championship. They had 15 girls and they have a good summer program. Pinecrest has 22 girls and year-around tennis clinics.
“We played hard and I think the cooler weather helped the girls push themselves harder today. I think the level of play increased but East Montgomery is a strong team.”
The Raiders will play host to the Patriots at 4 p.m. today.
JV football team rolls to victory
HOPE MILLS — The Richmond junior varsity football team continues to pitch a shutout this season, downing South View 67-0 Monday night.
The Raiders have not surrendered a point in four games, while scoring an average of 51.5 points a contest.
Miles Grant had four touchdowns against South View, Jesse Williams found the end zone three times and Joey Stanback added two scores in Monday’s victory.
“I want the kids to enjoy the win tonight, but Thursday is going to be a lot tougher,” JV coach Jason Norton said. “West Forsyth is going to be a big, strong, well-coached team.
“We didn’t execute well early, but we went back to the basics and the defense kept hounding them all night.”
Richmond will play West Forsyth at 6 p.m. Thursday at Raider Stadium.
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