Richmond improves to 2-0 in tennis

By Shawn Stinson

March 10, 2014

Shawn Stinson

Sports editor

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior tennis team remained undefeated on the young season with a 7-2 victory over South View Monday afternoon.

The Raiders’ top four singles players lost a total of six games in their matches. Colt Auman blanked Dammon Rauthlan 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1. Andrew Balzer defeated Huaungu Lee Lee 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2. Brandon Ingram beat Kaelly Churchill 6-1, 6-0 and John Pittman stopped Cody Hately 6-1, 6-2.

South View’s Brian Yetter, in the fifth match, defeated Richmond’s Hill Pence to claim his team’s only point in singles competition.

In doubles, Balzer and Ingram knocked off Rauthlan and Lee 8-0. Auman and Pittman defeated Churchill and Hately by the same score. The Tigers claimed the final doubles match by default.

“It is a good start to the season,” Ingram said. “We hope we can keep it up especially with a big conference match tomorrow.”

Richmond (2-0) will face Southeastern Conference rival Lumberton 4 p.m. today at home.

Richmond breezes to first win

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — Cherie Ellerbe scored three times and six others netted a goal as Richmond rolled to a 9-0 road victory over Marlboro County Monday night.

Joining Ellerbe in the scoring column were: Abigail Alcocer, Nile Fisher, Kalaysia Fisher, Cassie McFayden, Holli Hayes and Scolin Maples.

“Everybody got to play,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “It’s good to get the first win under our belt. I still see some improvement and things where we have to get better. We have three days to prepare for Pine Forest. It is going to be a good test to see where we are.”

Richmond will face Pine Forest 7 p.m. Friday in Fayetteville.

Raiders open track season

WEDDINGTON — The Richmond Senior boys finished tied for fifth with Mooresville out of 25 teams in the Weddington Track and Field Invitational Saturday. The girls team was tied for 16th with Victory Christian out of 21 schools.

Tyler York was first in the long jump (20-11) and Raheem Bowden took fourth (20-0). Alfonso Jones was second in the shot put (45-4) and fifth in the discus (116-10).

Richmond’s 4x100-meter relay team of Isaiah Brewington, Gus Chambers, Travis Newton and Jayvon Boyer were first with a time of 43.8 seconds. The 4x400 team of Shyheem Monroe, Erran Green, Cordarius Brewington and Newton was tied for third with the team from Porter Ridge in a time of 3 minutes, 37.4 seconds.

Providence Day captured the boys meet and Monroe won the girls meet.

Richmond’s next competition is scheduled for Thursday at Purnell Swett with Pinecrest.

Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.