ROCKINGHAM — The entire week of Richmond Senior athletic events was wiped out because of the winter storm that hit the region Tuesday and Wednesday.
Richmond saw its basketball games with rival Scotland slated for Tuesday get moved to Thursday. After the snow and ice lingered, officials were forced to postpone the contests one more time.
Richmond athletic director Ricky Young said he and his counterpart at Scotland, Tommy Britt, will discuss rescheduling the games today. Young believes the Raiders and the Scots could battle Wednesday in Laurinburg, but stressed he isn’t 100 percent sure without speaking with Britt.
The Scotland matchups aren’t the only games Young has to find a new date for after tonight’s Hoke-Richmond doubleheader was also postponed. Young said he would talk to Hoke’s AD Gary Brigman today as well to get the contests rescheduled.
With the Southeastern Conference tournament set to start on Feb. 17, Young feels the Hoke game will be shifted to the final week of the regular season.
Since high school teams are only allowed to play three games in a week, both teams’ schedule will be packed until the SEC tournament. Richmond is slated to travel to Pembroke Tuesday to square off with Purnell Swett before possibly squaring off with Scotland in Laurinburg on Wednesday. Richmond would close out the week with a trip to Lumberton next Friday.
Richmond would then close out its regular season with home games against Pinecrest on Feb. 11 and Scotland on Valentine’s Day. The Hoke game would also be placed somewhere in there as well. And because of adding a third SEC game that week, the girls game with Union Pines scheduled for Feb. 12 would have to be canceled.
Young hopes to finalized an updated schedule for both teams today.
Wrestlers hit the mats in SEC tourney
Basketball wasn’t the only sport at Richmond the winter storm affected this week. The school’s wrestling team had its match with Scotland moved from Wednesday to Thursday and then again to tonight before being officially canceled.
Richmond wrestling coach Earl Nicholson said the match will now be part of the SEC tournament Saturday at Pinecrest. The first matches of the day will be Richmond-Scotland, Hoke-Pinecrest and Lumberton-Purnell Swett. Those matches will determine the top two finishers in the conference and will advance to next week’s state 4A dual team playoffs.
Currently, Richmond is 2-2 in the conference and tied for third with Lumberton. Pinecrest is sitting atop the standings with a 4-0 mark and Hoke is second at 3-1. Nicholson said if the Raiders knock off the Scots, the Pirates beat the Rams and the Patriots down the Bucks, then there would be a three-way tie for second.
Since Hoke beat Richmond, Richmond defeated Lumberton and Lumberton stopped Hoke, then it would come down to the final tiebreaker — a coin flip. Nicholson said he as a better idea.
“I know it’s not in the conference by-laws, but I will see if the other coaches will vote that the team with the best record in the conference tournament break the tie,” he said. “In my mind I keep seeing Pinecrest and Hoke finishing 42-42. Even if I switch things up, I still see it 42-42 in my mind.”
If it is a two-school tie between Richmond and Hoke, the Bucks would grab the final playoff berth because it defeated the Raiders earlier this season.
Richmond is expected to be without three of its starters Saturday. Nicholson said Cody Giddens, Luke Souder and Gerald Bethea will miss the tournament because of injuries or illness.
Currently, Richmond has five wrestlers with winning records. Trinity Hunt and Gary Blue are 24-11, David Watkins is 23-8, Zavier Covington is 20-14 and Dalton Faurot is 17-10.
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