ROCKINGHAM — Once again the winter weather has pushed back the rivalry clashes between Richmond Senior and Scotland.
The two schools were set to battle on the hardwood and the mats tonight, but those events have been postponed according to Richmond athletic director Ricky Young.
Young added the wrestling match has been moved to 6 p.m. Friday in Scotland’s auxiliary gymnasium, but the basketball games haven’t been re-scheduled at this time.
The Raiders and the Scots were originally slated to square off in basketball Tuesday and wrestling teams were set to face off Wednesday before school officials pushed those contests back to Thursday.
Richmond girls basketball coach Victoria DeFrate and boys basketball coach David Laton have been unable to practice with their teams since Monday. Both said it has been frustrating to be away from their squads especially with big Southeastern Conference home games against Hoke looming on Friday night.
The Richmond girls fell to Hoke 57-54 in the first meeting. Richmond is 3-1 in the SEC and is in sole possession of second place. Hoke is 2-2 and is tied for third with Lumberton. The Bucks’ two conference losses were to the Pirates and the Scots.
“It is a little nerve-racking, but there’s nothing you can do about it,” DeFrate said about not being able to practice. “You just have to roll with it. Luckily, Scotland and Hoke are in the same boat.”
DeFrate added she is pleased with the way her team rebounded from the earlier loss to Hoke and has put itself in a position to lock down one of the SEC’s three automatic berths into the state 4A playoffs.
‘We feel pretty good about where we are now,” DeFrate said. “We came back from the loss and have been able to win three straight.”
The stakes are a little higher on the boys side with the Bucks and the Raiders tied atop the conference standings with 3-1 records. Both are one game up on Pinecrest and Scotland.
Richmond captured the first head-to-head meeting 75-70 in Raeford. The Raiders only loss in the SEC came Friday night against the Patriots 65-62 in overtime.
“We really had a good long, hard practice Monday,” Laton said. “We scrimmaged a lot, it was what we needed. We are fundamentally sound and in great condition.”
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.