Weather shouldn’t dampen busy week

Central's Meredith Phillips looks to pass as William Monroe's Kristin Manz puts on the pressure during their game on Feb. 9. Central will host George Mason tonight in the Conference 35 tournament final. The game was postponed Monday due to snow. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Central’s girls basketball home game against George Mason was postponed to 7 p.m. today due to the weather, but things still look good for local teams this week.

The Central-George Mason game is a Conference 35 tournament final, and was the only game scheduled for Monday.

All of the local teams that are left in basketball have a little leeway with their schedule so that snow, sleet and freezing rain shouldn’t be a problem.

“I would say that looking at the weather forecast if we don’t play Tuesday, then we would probably have to play Wednesday,” Central athletic director Kenny Rinker said. “Which would give us a day in between the regionals, which we would play on Friday. We kind of have to play it by ear.”

Rinker said on Saturday night that he had already been in touch with George Mason assistant athletic director Julie Bravin about the possibility of having to move the conference final back at least a day.

Central girls basketball coach Bryan Scott said Saturday that if Monday’s final was postponed it might not be bad a thing for his team.

“I’m thinking it might be to our advantage — it would give us another day’s rest,” Scott said.

The Falcons will also be at home on Friday for the first round of regionals regardless of the outcome of the conference final.

Sherando’s boys and girls basketball teams are scheduled to play in the Conference 21 West semifinals on Tuesday, but again they have some wiggle room.

The conference finals are scheduled for Thursday, but they could be moved back if needed. The Region 4A West tournament is scheduled to start Monday.

The conference quarterfinals were held on Saturday, and Sherando athletic director Jason Barbe said that they wanted to get the games in early so they had some leeway to get in the semifinals and finals.

“If we don’t get to go Tuesday it will be played the first available day,” Barbe said on Saturday. “We’re fortunate. That’s one reason why we’re getting the quarters in (Saturday). That was part of our original thought process at the beginning of getting the quarters in now, so that we can get the semifinals and finals in next week.”

Skyline’s boys basketball team is scheduled to play at Culpeper today in the Conference 28 semifinals, but they also have plenty of time this week to get the games in.

The wrestling state tournament is on Friday and Saturday in Salem, which should allow the wrestlers to have time to prepare for the matches this weekend.

The Group 1A-2A state swim meet originally scheduled for Wednesday in Christiansburg was postponed on Monday afternoon to Sunday at 9:15 a.m.

The Group 4A state swim meet is scheduled for Saturday.

Overall, it’s been a good winter season for the area teams in terms of weather, which has allowed the schools to have a little leeway at the end of the season.

“In 17 years this is the second best winter I’ve ever had,” Barbe said. “There was one other year, eight or 10 years ago, we didn’t have a cancellation the entire winter. One basketball and one wrestling is all we lost this year and we were still able to make those up immediately. It’s been pretty good from that perspective.”

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