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Wildcat runners prep for region X-country
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In their best showing of the year, the Richmond Hill cross country boys placed fourth out of nine at the Statesboro Invitational  on Oct. 9 in what coach Levi Sybert called a mini region meet because 9 of the 12 teams in the region were represented. The only teams not in attendance were the Augusta schools and the Lady Wildcats.
Due to an SAT test conflict the already shorthanded ladies did not compete on Saturday and neither did Greenbrier and Lakeside Evans, two teams Sybert feels will finish strong at the region meet. Because there will only be four teams from the region advancing to state, the Richmond Hill coach can do the math and realizes his team is not there yet.
“Luckily we have three weeks to get ready for the region meet and this weekend’s competition tells us exactly where we are at. We can work with this and see what happens,” said Sybert on his team’s chances for post season running.
Jameson Cunningham placed 13th with a personal best 18:53, Michael Kelley was 14th also a personal best 19:02, Steve Thompson finished 17th in 19:11 and Clint Martin’s personal best 19:29 rounded out the top four for the boys. Richmond Hill has been without early season leader Shaquille Walker due to injury and will most likely have to improve without him the rest of the way.
The girls’ squad has seen its share of illness and injury as well, which has left their ranks - that started with just eight runners - kind of thin. In spite of missing key runners they finished second in a four team meet at Camden County recently.
Shanee McKee had a fourth place finish in 23:52, Tina Shwayri had a personal best in sixth place at 24:37, Chelsey Callahan also a personal best seventh place finish at 24:43, Taylor Carpenter finished ninth at 25:57 and Taylor Ivester’s personal best 25:57 for a 13th place finish completed the only five times the ladies had in the meet.
“Though they are thin in numbers, they are tenacious like the boys team and are always improving. I am anticipating some good things from these girls by the region meet if they can all line up healthy,” remarked Sybert.
The team will meet at Wayne County Thursday and then on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Savannah Country Day.

Richmond Hill traveled to Wayne County Friday in search of their first region win but in stead found themselves searching for answers as to how they put up over 450 yards of offense but came away with a 42-24 loss. Head coach Lyman Guy took responsibility for the results and had some of the answers.
“Defensively we got exposed in the secondary which is my fault. I have tried a little too much in the secondary, we are going to try to simplify things and be better in some fundamentals” said Guy afterward. The Wildcats gave up three touchdowns through the air but the defense was also saddled with some short field situations due to turnovers.
Guy spoke of his team needing to take better care of the ball and feels that a recent switch in the type of ball wax used on the game balls may be part of the problem. Richmond Hill lost five of five fumbles in the game. “We have used Cramer Ball Wax on our footballs previously to help preserve them but Cramer no longer makes the wax so we tried another and I believe it has made them too slippery when moisture gets on them,” explained the coach. When the Wildcats did hold the ball against the Yellow Jackets they made good use of it.
Senior Dale Richardson caught an Eli Thompson pass for the first score of the game and T.J. Franklin added a long run in the third quarter before catching a pass for a touchdown from Dominique Allen in the fourth.
Richmond Hill fell to 3-3, 0-2 in region 2A-AAAA. They will host Glynn Academy this week at Wildcat Field.

The Ladies played at Savannah Arts Academy last week and lost to them in a hard fought three game set 25-23, 23-25, 25-14. This past weekend at South Effingham for the region tournament the Ladies bowed out of state competition by losing two games to South Effingham. Scores or further details were not available at press time.         
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