Postseason play highlights busy week

Sherando head coach Garland Williams finishes speaking to his team during a timeout against Millbrook on Jan. 8. The Warriors are a win away from clinching a regional berth. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Every team in the area will be in postseason play by the end of this week.

There are also some big games at the start of this week that will have an impact on the postseason.

Sherando travels to Handley today and Harrisonburg on Wednesday in boys basketball. If Sherando beats Harrisonburg on Wednesday the Warriors will be the top seed in the Conference 21 West tournament. That would also give them an automatic berth in the Region 4A West tournament.

After a close win last week over Skyline, Sherando coach Garland Williams said he liked where his team was at heading into the last couple games of the season

“You always aim for that perfect game, but we had our mistakes. But all in all, I think for the most part in crunch time we handled the ball like we should have,” Williams said. “We need to be better, and we’ll continue to work on that.”

Sherando’s girls basketball team will be the third seed in the conference tournament and host Harrisonburg at home on Saturday. They will also host Harrisonburg on Wednesday to end the regular season.

Central’s girls basketball team will be the top seed in Conference 35. The Falcons host William Monroe today, and will try to finish the regular season with a 20-1 record.

“It was a good one over there last time, so I expect another good one,” Central girls basketball coach Bryan Scott said of William Monroe. “…It’s senior night — three good seniors. We definitely want to go out on a good note. We’ll be ready.”

Strasburg will host Madison County in the play-in game of the Conference 35 tournament at 7 p.m. Thursday. The winner will be the No. 4 seed in the tourney, and earn an automatic Region 2A East berth, and play at Central on Saturday in the conference tourney semifinals. The finals will be held at the higher seed on Feb. 15.

The boys Conference 35 tournament will only have four teams. Strasburg’s boys basketball team had its season suspended indefinitely on Jan. 14 pending further investigation into allegations of an incident involving players on the team during a bus ride home from a game. Strasburg had to forfeit the last 10 games of the regular season. The team will not be in the conference tournament or have a chance to advance to regionals.

Central will be the No. 3 seed in the boys Conference 35 tournament and play at Madison County on Thursday in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Clarke County will play at top-seeded George Mason in the other semifinal. The final will be held Saturday at the higher seed.

Stonewall Jackson’s boys and girls basketball teams will play in the Conference 44 tournaments starting on Friday. Both teams will be on the road, but don’t know who their opponents will be yet.

Warren County and Skyline will each begin play in the boys and girls Conference 28 tournaments starting on either Thursday or Friday. If Skyline is hosting a quarterfinal game, it will be played on Thursday due to Skyline hosting the Region 3A wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday.

All of the local teams will be wrestling in regionals this weekend. All of the tournaments are two-day events, being held on Friday and Saturday. Skyline and Warren County will participate in the Region 3A East tournament at Skyline.

Strasburg and Central will participate in the Region 2A East tournament at Wilson Memorial. Stonewall Jackson will be in the Region 1A East tournament at Northampton.

Sherando will be wrestling in the Region 4A West tournament at John Champe. Sherando coach Pepper Martin said lack of depth will likely hurt Sherando’s chances in the tournament.

“Maybe we can finish in the top five, but it’s going to make it tough,” Martin said. “To win postseason tournaments you gotta have your firsts, you gotta have your seconds. But you also got to have some depth. You got to get your thirds, fourths, to get those placing points.”

Strasburg, Central and Stonewall Jackson’s swim teams will particpate in the Region 2A East meet at George Mason on Saturday.

Sherando will swim in the Region 4A West meet on Saturday at George Mason.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com