Announcements and Important Events
THE WEEK THAT WAS...
The boys' soccer team got out to a fast start with two shutout wins in their first week of the season, a 9-0 mercy-ruling of Vance Charter and an 8-0 road win over former NCAC rival East Wake Academy. The tables would turn on Friday night at Mills Park, however, as the Raptors (2-1) fell behind early and couldn't capitalize on their opportunities in a 5-0 loss to former conference opponent and 2015 state champion Franklin Academy. Sophomore rookie forward Yousif Sirriyah scored 5 goals on the week and on Monday became the first Raptor to score a hat trick in his first-ever game in an RTHS uniform.
The RTHS volleyball team began their new season 1-2. Despite two road losses to EWA and Franklin, the Raptors picked up the first win of the Jessie Howington era on Tuesday night with a straight-sets win over Henderson Collegiate at Hope Valley Gym. Sophomore setter Caroline Wendelburg recorded 13 aces on the week, while Monique Fogg (4 blocks) and Morgan Davis (17 digs) anchored the defense.
THE WEEK AHEAD...
BOYS' SOCCER (2-1, 0-0 CTHC)
Monday - @ Vance Charter (0-2) - 4pm, Granville Athletic Park
Raptors lead the all-time series 1-0; RTHS won 9-0 in the last meeting, 8/14/17
The Raptors look to get back on track after suffering their first loss on Friday night. RTHS had little trouble with the Knights last Monday, needing only 43 minutes to secure the 9-0 shutout win.
Friday - @ Thales Academy (1-0) - 4:30pm, Thales Academy
First all-time meeting
RTHS will head down the road to Apex for their first-ever match against the Titans, who opened their season with an 8-1 win over St. Thomas More Academy last Wednesday.
VOLLEYBALL (1-2, 0-0 CTHC)
Monday - vs. East Wake Academy - 6pm, Hope Valley Gym
Eagles lead the all-time series 8-1; EWA won 3-0 in the last meeting, 8/14/17
RTHS will look to avenge last week's season-opening loss to the Eagles (1-1) in their second and final meeting this year.
Thursday - vs. River Mill Academy - 6pm, Hope Valley Gym
All-time series tied 3-3; RTHS won 3-1 in the last meeting, 9/22/16
RTHS's first Central Tar Heel Conference match in any sport will be against the Jaguars, a school that RTHS competed against in the NCAC before this year's realignment. RTHS and River Mill tied for 7th in a tough NCAC last year; the Jaguars lost their only match thus far this year, a 3-0 decision to Burlington Christian Academy last Wednesday.
GIRLS' TENNIS (0-0)
Wednesday - @ Roxboro Community - 4:30pm, Huck Sansbury Park
Bulldogs lead the all-time series 4-0; Roxboro won 6-3 in the last meeting, 10/3/16
The Raptors begin their third season led by senior Reeha Nidamarty and junior Diane Gildehaus, who played at #2 and #3 singles flights a year ago. RTHS, 3-13 a year ago, will face former conference foe Roxboro Community in their season-opening match.
The RTHS cross country teams start their seasons this week the same way they've started their previous two seasons - a non-conference 3k at Bond Park, followed by the Wendell Park Early Bird Invitational. The Raptors will face off with 4A opponents Green Hope and Panther Creek in Cary on Wednesday afternoon. Both RTHS teams have seen success at Wendell Park's early-season races in the past; the boys' team won the JV race in 2012 and the invitational race in 2014, and the girls' team won last year's JV race.
Still in the midst of rebuilding, the boys' cross country team will look to build on last year's 8th place finish at the 1A mideast regional meet, led by senior Evan Corkery, juniors Abel Maasho and Sam Marchman, and a cadre of underclassmen who will attempt to help RTHS climb toward the top of the Central Tar Heel Conference.
The girls' cross country team had its most successful season to date a year ago, placing 4th in the NCAC and following it up with a 4th place finish in the regional meet and the team's first-ever trip to the 1A state meet in Kernersville, where the Raptors placed 12th. Sophomore Caroline Foley, who became RTHS's first-ever girls' cross country all-conference runner last year, is joined by a talented trio of seniors in Natalie Bowers, Alyssa Donaldson, and Brooke Elliott, as well as sophomores Jamie Marold and Pritika Bugga and freshman newcomer Victoria Swepson, who together figure to compete for a conference championship this fall.