By Shawn Stinson
March 18, 2014
ROCKINGHAM — In all of his years working in sports, Richmond Senior athletic director/baseball coach Ricky Young doesn’t recall having this many contests postponed because of rain.
The weather system which has lingered in the area the past two days has forced Tuesday’s boys tennis match with Scotland as well as the Richmond-Chesterfield baseball game to be postponed. The Raiders and the Rams will now hit the diamand at 6 p.m. today in Chesterfield.
This brings the number of events to be affected this spring to 13. Baseball and tennis have been four contests moved because of the rain. Softball and girls soccer have each had two games postponed or canceled. Boys golf had this week’s match called off.
“In 2003, West Columbus played in the state championship in basketball,” Young said. “I had six or seven starters that played basketball.. The first week or two of the season we postponed the games because we didn’t have enough to play. Other than that maybe there was a year or so where we had some rain.
“Everybody is in the same boat. Some teams have been fortunate to play more games than others.”
Richmond’s softball team will look to extend its season-opening win streak to eight when it travels to Mt. Gilead 6 p.m. Thursday to face West Montgomery.
The boys tennis team returns to the courts 4 p.m. Thursday at home against Southeastern Conference foe Hoke.
Richmond’s girls soccer tries to even its season record when it takes on Hoke 7 p.m. Friday in Raeford. It is the SEC opener for both schools. The Raiders are 1-2-1 overall.
The track and field teams will welcome Hoke and Lumberton to Raider Stadium 4 p.m. Thursday. The boys track squad won its first SEC tri-meet last week at Purnell Swett with Pinecrest. The girls team was second behind Pinecrest.
The next SEC golf match is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pinehurst No. 8.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.