Weather halts area sports schedules

The region’s first blast of winter weather continues to take its toll on local sporting events this week.

Several days after a blizzard dumped nearly 3 feet of snow in some areas, local high schools are still postponing athletic activities while public school systems in Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties remained closed for a fourth straight school day today. Nearly all local high school athletic events scheduled for today have been officially postponed while the fate of the rest hinges on travel conditions.

Though the six local public high schools have been unable to hold sporting events since last Thursday, rescheduling has not yet become a pressing issue due to the mild winter the region experienced until this past weekend’s snowstorm.

“We’ve had a very fortunate winter so far and to take a hit like this on a year like this is as good as you could hope for,” Stonewall Jackson Athletic Director Todd Fannin said Tuesday afternoon. “… We still have places to put stuff, there’s still a few weeks left in the season and you just kind of expect back-to-back nights (of games) once you reach this point. So no harm, no foul and onward we move.”

Stonewall Jackson was one of two local schools to still have potential athletic events scheduled for today, as the Generals’ boys basketball team was slated, as of Tuesday night, to travel to Wilson Memorial in a makeup of Tuesday’s postponement.

Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties don’t have a policy in place preventing athletic events from being held on days when school is canceled, but Fannin said Stonewall’s game would likely be called off today if Shenandoah County Public Schools were closed.

Warren County Public Schools operate under a similar premise, Skyline AD Bill Cupp said, putting into serious doubt the status of the Hawks’ Northwestern District wrestling dual with James Wood scheduled for today.

“I’m guessing that ain’t gonna happen,” Cupp said of Skyline’s wrestling match. “As far as any kind of rescheduling, I’m not sure. The problem with wrestling is the end of their season is pretty much here. The conference tournaments start next weekend and down the road we go, so I’m not sure where (the James Wood match is) gonna end up.”

Warren County High School’s wrestling quad match at Madison County today has been canceled, WCHS Athletic Director Ed Dike confirmed Tuesday evening, and Central’s boys basketball game at home against Madison County has been pushed to Thursday.

Sherando’s wrestling dual with Northwestern District rival Handley scheduled for today has been postponed to Feb. 2.

The lack of practice on Monday and Tuesday also prompted the postponement of today’s Shenandoah County wrestling and swim meets, which will now be held on Feb. 4, Fannin said.

Most area schools acted quickly in rescheduling the postponed athletic events from earlier this week. Skyline’s boys basketball game at Clarke County and Stonewall Jackson’s girls basketball game at Madison County originally scheduled for Monday will now be played on Feb. 1.

Among Tuesday’s postponements, Sherando pushed its boys and girls basketball games against James Wood to Thursday, as did Stonewall with its girls game against Wilson Memorial; Skyline’s boys and girls basketball teams will now play Brentsville on Feb. 6; Strasburg’s girls basketball game at George Mason will be played on Feb. 8, as will Warren County’s girls hoops game at Clarke County.

Both Fannin and Central Athletic Director Kenny Rinker said they were fairly confident this weekend’s sporting events – which include the Bull Run District wrestling tournament at Warren County High School on Saturday – will remain as scheduled. Rinker said the remainder of the week is “day by day.”

“I don’t see anything right now that would keep us from having (the Bull Run District wrestling meet) unless some school system … was adamant about not doing it or whatever,” Rinker said.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com