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Season-highs set for Raider and Lady Raider bowling teams in first meet of 2019

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ROSports File Photo: Hunter Hancock and the Raiders, as well as the Lady Raiders, set season-highs in Thursday's matches. ROSports File Photo: Hunter Hancock and the Raiders, as well as the Lady Raiders, set season-highs in Thursday's matches. Kyle Pillar — The Richmond Observer.

LUMBERTON — The familiar sounds of bowling pins being knocked around returned for the first time in 2019, as the Richmond Senior High School boys’ and girls’ bowling teams traveled to Lumberton Bowling Center on Thursday.

The Raiders and Lady Raiders faced some tough competition, squaring off against host Lumberton High School and Pinecrest High School. Despite the Raiders getting swept by the Pirates and Patriots, it was a record-setting day for the boys’ team.

For the Lady Raiders, who went 1-1 on the afternoon, they also notched a season-best score in the process.

Following the Baker format, the Raiders were defeated in all four of their games against Lumberton, which is currently the No. 1 team in the Sandhills Athletic Conference standings. They also lost the total pin count, and the Lady Raiders mirrored their performance, as both Richmond teams finished 0-5 against Lumberton.

But the 610 total pins tallied against the Pirates were the most in any individual match this season for head coach Ralph Butler’s boys’ team. Lumberton also impressed, as its team score of 864 total pins was the best of any SAC school during a match so far during the 2018-19 season.

In games three and four against the Raiders, the Pirates notched scores of 239 and 243, respectively, which were also season-highs for the eight SAC schools. The boys also fell short against the Patriots, 4-1, losing the final pin count 624-575. But the 171 bowled in the third game against Pinecrest also set a season high for an individual game.

Against Pinecrest, the Lady Raiders rolled past their Moore County competition by a final score of 4-1, Richmond’s lone win of the day. They lost the first game 95-97, before bouncing back to win games two through four by scores of 166-136, 110-100 and 135-126 for a final pin total of 506-459.

The second game score of 166 total pins marked the highest single-game tally by the Lady Raiders this season.

“The boys had a chance to pick up a couple of wins, but fell a little short,” Butler said. “The (score of) 610 pins was the best four-game pin total we’ve had this season. They also had a chance to pick up a second win against Pinecrest for a split, but we couldn’t get it done. The boys played the No. 1 and No. 2 teams and nearly split, so I was pleased.

“Our girls really played well during the second match (against Pinecrest),” he concluded. “They came back in the second match and that should help move them up in the conference standings.”

Senior Savannah Lampley was "phenomenal," as Butler explained his No. 1 bowler closed out 15-of-21 frames with 10 strikes. Junior teammates Autumn Hoffman and Kayla Howell each went 5-for-12 with three strikes apiece. For the boys, seniors Evan Hudson and Tyler Bass "continued their strong play," closing out 10-of-16 and 12-of-18 frames, respectively.

Sophomore Jonathan Rich "stepped up" Thursday, closing out over 50 percent of his frames with five strikes.

Both Richmond bowling teams will wrap up their regular seasons on Thursday, Jan. 24, in Fayetteville. Matches will begin at 4 p.m.

Last modified on Friday, 11 January 2019 11:11
Kyle Pillar

Sports Editor. IUP communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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