Richmond releases fall sports schedules

File Photo Manuel Zapata, center, was named to the all-conference and all-region team last season as a sophomore.

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior athletic department has released more of its upcoming fall sports schedules — boys soccer, volleyball, boys and girls cross country and girls golf.

The school’s athletic director Ricky Young said the girls tennis schedule isn’t complete at this time and new football coach Mike Castellano is still working on scrimmages and any jamborees the Raiders may attend.

The boys soccer team tied a school record with 16 wins last season. Richmond lost to West Forsyth in the opening round of last season’s 4A playoffs to finish with a 16-3 mark.

Currently, Richmond has 18 games — eight home and 10 away — on its schedule. Coach Bennie Howard said he is looking to add additional contests, but is having a difficult time finding opponents.

Richmond will open the 2015 season at South View at 7 p.m. Aug. 17. The team’s first home game, tentatively set for its new field, is slated for 7 p.m. Aug. 19 against North Moore. Richmond’s first Southeastern Conference game will be 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Hoke. Its first home SEC match will be against Purnell Swett at 7 p.m. Sept. 21.

The Raiders will battle nine schools that advanced to the state playoffs last season. In addition to SEC members Lumberton and Pinecrest, Laney, Pine Forest and South View qualified on the 4A level. Lee County and St. Pauls are the only 3A and 2A playoff representatives, respectively, on Richmond’s schedule. North Moore and Whiteville both earned berths in the 1A playoffs.

The Richmond volleyball team qualified for the postseason for the first time in three years after posting a 10-13 overall record. It was third in the SEC with a 6-4 mark.

The Raiders have 10 home and 11 away matches on their schedule.

Richmond will kick off its 2015 slate at home against West Montgomery at 5 p.m. Aug. 18. Its initial road contest of the season is set for the next day, when it travels to Union Pines.

The team’s first SEC match is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 10 when it travels to Raeford to face Hoke. Its first conference home match will be against Purnell Swett at 6 p.m. Sept. 15.

Richmond will square off with six schools that qualified for the postseason last year. The Raiders will face those opponents 11 times.

Richmond will face SEC foes Pinecrest and Scotland twice. Richmond will also take on Anson, a 3A playoff participant, in a home-and-home contest. Union Pines, also a 3A postseason qualifier, will take on Richmond twice during the upcoming season. Richmond will also take on West Montgomery, a 1A playoff participant, twice. The only playoff squad Richmond will battle once is South Stanly, another 1A school.

The Richmond boys and girls cross country teams have six three-team SEC meets set for their seasons. Richmond will have two home meets at Hinson Lake. The first is set for 4 p.m. Sept. 15 against Purnell Swett and Scotland. The second is 4 p.m. Oct. 6 vs. Hoke and Lumberton.

The teams’ first meet of the season — Jungle Run Night Race — is scheduled for Sept. 5 at South View in Hope Mills. The conference meet will be Oct. 20 at Hoke.

Richmond’s girls golf team will have six conference tournaments this season. The first is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at Bayonet at Puppy Creek in Raeford. Richmond will play host to one SEC contest this season at 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Foxfire Golf Course and Resort.

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