Richmond blanks Hoke

By Shawn Stinson

March 20, 2014

Shawn Stinson

Sports editor

ROCKINGHAM — After having its season-opening winning streak snapped in its last match, Richmond Senior got back on the winning track Thursday afternoon.

Richmond cruised past Hoke 9-0 to improve to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in Southeastern Conference play. The victory allowed Richmond to sweep the season series with Hoke. Earlier this season, Richmond defeated Hoke 8-1 in Raeford.

In Thursday’s match, the Raiders lost 15 games in singles action and nine in doubles.

Colt Auman and John Pittman both shutout their opponents. Auman, the Raiders’ No. 1 singles player, defeated John Sellers 6-0, 6-0. At No. 4, Pittman downed Daniel Colley 6-0, 6-0.

Andrew Balzer beat Noah Thaggard 6-2, 6-4 in the second singles contest. Brandon Ingram stopped Ethan Malz 6-4, 6-0. Ryan Watkins knocked off Alex Crowder 6-1, 6-1 and Zach Leberth cruised past Chris Assan 6-2, 6-1.

In doubles, Balzer and Ingram defeated Sellers and Thaggard 8-2, while Auman and Pittman downed Malz and Colley by the same score. Watkins and Leberth edged Crowder and Assan 8-5.

Richmond will return to the courts 4 p.m. today when it plays host to Purnell Swett. Richmond’s match with Scotland that was rained out earlier this week has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. March 31 in Laurinburg.

Raiders finish 1st in boys, 2nd in girls

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond boys track and field team defeated Hoke and Lumberton to claim a tri-team meet Thursday afternoon at Raider Stadium.

Richmond finished with 82 points, Hoke had 71 and Lumberton totaled 14.

Travis Newton was first in both the 100- and 200-meter. Erran Greene captured the 400. Richmond won the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relay races. Newton, Greene and Jayvon Boyer, who was third in the 100, posted regional qualifying times in their events. Richmond’s 4x100 and 4x200 teams also had regional qualifying times as well.

In the girls competition, Hoke edged Richmond to pull out the victory. Hoke finished with 75 points to Richmond’s 71. Lumberton had 14 points.

Dasha Everett finished first in the discus and the shot put. Asiana Douglas won the triple jump. Cassie Smith came from behind to win the 400. Brianna David captured the 100-hurdles and Hilda Horthe took the 1,600.

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