ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior will have to wait at least one day or maybe more for its 4A dual team tennis playoff opener.
The storm system that caused millions of dollars in damage across the south forced officials to postpone Richmond’s match with East Chapel that was set for Tuesday afternoon.
Richmond coach Mike James said the team was moments away from getting on the bus and hitting the road before receiving a call from East Chapel Hill coach Lindsay Linker saying the contest would have to be moved.
“She said it was all ready raining,” James said. “We are going to look at playing tomorrow, but it isn’t looking good. We may have to play Thursday.”
James added the team was unable to practice Tuesday because officials canceled all after-school activities because of a tornado watch in the area.
“We didn’t really do too much today,” James said. “Nobody could have practice.”
The Raiders and the Wildcats will attempted to play at 4 p.m. today at East Chapel Hill. The Wildcats were the champions of the PAC-6 Conference, while the Raiders were second in the Southeastern Conference.
SEC track meet postponed
In addition to pushing back Richmond’s tennis contest, Tuesday’s storm system forced the start of the Southeastern Conference track meet to Thursday as well as a switch in venue.
Richmond girls track coach Reggie Miller said the event will move from Pinecrest High School to the campus of UNC Pembroke. The meet will now run Thursday to Friday.
“I hate they did what they did today,” Miller said about the postponement. “I have some senior girls that will miss Friday because they are going on a senior trip.”
Miller added he understood school officials postponed the event for student and coach safety concerns.
Richmond boys track coach Eric Gould said he is fortunate because he “doesn’t have that many seniors this year” and shouldn’t have any problems with the moving of the meet.
“I should be good,” Gould said.
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