Announcements and Important Events
While golf, tennis, and cross country will get underway next week, the RTHS boys' soccer and volleyball teams will kick off their 2017 seasons with three games in the school year's first week. Both teams will see familiar opponents, but the stakes are now different as RTHS has moved into the Central Tar Heel Conference, leaving former conference rivals Franklin Academy and East Wake Academy, who remain in the re-vamped NCAC.
2016 RECORD - 13-10-1 (10-7-1 in the NCAC)
Monday - vs. Vance Charter (0-0) - 6pm, Mills Park
First all-time meeting
The Knights are in their first year as a member of the North Central Athletic Conference - the Raptors' home from 2014 to 2017. The team played an abbreviated schedule a year ago in their inaugural campaign, going 2-3 against other charter schools in the area.
Wednesday - at East Wake Academy (0-0) - 4pm, Bailey-Middlesex Park
Raptors lead the all-time series 5-1-2; RTHS won 3-0 in the last meeting, 9/23/16
The rivalry between former NCAC foes is rekindled on Wednesday with a trip to Bailey to face East Wake Academy. The Eagles went 9-14-1 a year ago, with the lone tie coming in a shootout loss to Riverside-Martin in the first round of the 1A state playoffs.
Friday - vs. Franklin Academy (0-0) - 6pm, Mills Park
Patriots lead the all-time series 6-1; Franklin won 7-0 in the last meeting, 10/23/16
The 2015 state champs visit Mills Park in another meeting between former conference rivals. The Patriots, led by senior forward Zach Hanson, swept both matches a year ago.
2016 RECORD: 4-19 (4-14 in the NCAC)
Monday - at East Wake Academy (0-0) - 6pm, EWA Gym
Eagles lead the all-time series 7-1; EWA won 3-0 in the last meeting, 9/27/16
The Eagles had their best season in school history a year ago, finishing 14-10 and making the second round of the state playoffs. EWA is led by senior defensive specialist Antonia Kearney, who was all-NCAC a year ago.
Tuesday - vs. Henderson Collegiate (0-0) - 6pm, Hope Valley Gym
First all-time meeting
The Pride have never faced RTHS in an athletic event; this will be Henderson Collegiate's first season as a member of the NCHSAA.
Friday - @ Franklin Academy (0-0) - 6pm, FAHS Gym
Patriots lead the all-time series 8-0; Franklin won 3-0 in the last meeting, 10/17/16
The Patriots return the core of their team that went 19-4 and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs a year ago.
- The boys' soccer team is 2-2 all-time in opening games, winning last year's opener over Chatham Charter 7-0. The volleyball team is 1-3 all-time on opening day.
- Monday's volleyball game will be the first at the helm for new head coach Jessie Howington, who served as an assistant coach under former coach Casey Salchert last season.
- Admission for adults is still $5.00 at RTHS home games this year, but admission for students has increased to $2.00.