Shenandoah County meets highlight busy week

Strasburg's Dylan Campbell takes control of Warren County's John Coffron during their 138-pound. match on Jan. 13 in Front Royal. Strasburg will participate in the Shenandoah County meet on Wednesday at Stonewall jackson. Rich Cooley/Daily file

The weather may have affected the schedule a little bit this week, but there’s still some big events scheduled.

Several of the bigger ones are scheduled for Wednesday with the Shenandoah County wrestling and swim meets taking place.

Strasburg will be the heavy favorite in the Shenandoah County wrestling meet at Stonewall Jackson at 5 p.m.  Wednesday. Both Central and Stonewall Jackson are a little down this year, and Massanutten Military Academy will not be wrestling in the meet, according to Strasburg coach Mike Wood.

“I like the idea of having a county meet to give you bragging rights for the county,” Wood said. “The only issue is it’s been kind of a lackluster event just because we have a full team, and we usually normally do, but then when you get in with Central and Stonewall they’re always very thin.”

Wood said that he believes Riverheads is taking MMA’s place, which could give the Rams a tough match in the meet. He said Riverheads is ranked third in Group 1A.

The Shenandoah County swim meet, which will be held at Signal Knob Recreation Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, could be more competitive.

Central swim coach Steve Shaefer said that both his boys and girls teams swept the meet last year, and he’s hoping they can do it again.

“The Central boys have held the trophy for more than five years and continue to have the numbers and depth to be the strongest team going into the meet,” Shaefer said. “The Strasburg boys have worked hard, may steal a few gold medals and they certainly have improved the quality of swimming in the county. But I don’t believe they can overcome the team depth of the Central boys.”

Shaefer said he expects the girls meet to be very close, with a lot of close races, especially between Central and Strasburg.

“As it has been all season, the county championship will be decided by the third, fourth and fifth place swimmers,” Shaefer said. “I don’t know who will win the meet, but the Central girls are prepared for the challenge.”

The meet could also provide a good warm-up for Strasburg and Central for Saturday’s Bull Run District meet at Manassas Park.

Central’s boys basketball team has a big game on Wednesday as they host Madison County.

The Falcons lost to Madison County 81-70 earlier this season. The Falcons are currently third in the Bull Run District and Conference 35, while Madison County is in second place.

“Madison’s another tough one,” Central boys basketball coach Brandon Shields said. “They have a lot of different weapons. They have shooters. They have drivers. They have big kids who make it tough on you to kind of key on one thing. You got to kind of pick your poison with them, and hope the other stuff doesn’t work.”

A milestone may also be achieved on Wednesday as Sherando coach Pepper Martin goes for his 500th career win. Sherando wrestles at Handley at 6 p.m.

Strasburg’s girls basketball team will try to avenge an overtime loss from earlier in the season, when the Rams host Clarke County on Thursday. A win could move the Rams into a tie for third place in Conference 35.

The Bull Run District wrestling tournament will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Warren County.

“This is my third year (as coach), and my first two years we’ve won it. So we’re going for three in a row,” Wood said. “It’s going to be very difficult. Warren County has got a very nice team. It’s going to be very tough.”

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