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Eason earns All-Conference honors following senior season

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Senior Cody Eason, dribbling the ball in a win over Cape Fear, was named to his first All-SAC team this year. Senior Cody Eason, dribbling the ball in a win over Cape Fear, was named to his first All-SAC team this year. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — One Richmond Senior High School soccer player was named to this year’s All-Sandhills Athletic Conference team.


Cody Eason earned his first career All-Conference selection following his senior season with the Raiders.

Part of a 25-player roster, Eason was Richmond’s lone selection after the team finished sixth overall in the 3A/4A conference standings with a 4-14-1 mark.

“I couldn’t believe it when Coach Larsen told me that I made All-Conference. I wasn’t even thinking about it during this year’s season,” Eason said. “But it means a lot to know that I stood out this year to all the coaches during the season.”

A two-year varsity player, Eason scored two goals early in the season in a game against Cape Fear High School. Following the need to bolster the back line, head coach Chris Larsen moved Eason to center back alongside fellow senior Cameron Way. 

“Cody played multiple different roles this season,” Larsen explained. “But he really shined when he moved back to center back a few games in.

“He helped us maintain some consistency in our defensive shape, and with the help of Cameron (Way), helped give us a chance in lots of games this year.”

Eason said the move to center back was “necessary to help the team” this year. It was also a position that he was familiar with playing.

“I think I adjusted to the spot really well because I used to play center back for past teams,” Eason said. “I think it helped the team by lowering the fouls in the back and to have someone back there that was vocal and could control the field.”

Larsen noted he was happy the other coaches in the conference noticed how much Eason helped the team and “spoke so highly of his hard work over the last four years.”

Even though the Raiders didn’t have as successful of a season as they wanted, Eason said he still enjoyed representing Richmond’s crest one more time.

“The best part of my senior year was just playing with basically the same people that were there right beside me my ninth grade year,” he closed. “ Also, another part I liked was being able to play with my brother, James, for my final year with Richmond.” 

Lee County High School had a conference-best seven players named, followed by Pinecrest High School (5), and Southern Lee High School and Hoke County High School both had four.

Union Pines High School saw three players named, and both Richmond and Scotland High School earned one selection.

Kyle Pillar

Nine-time N.C. Press Association award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

Submit local sports scores to: kpillar@richmondobserver.com

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