Bull Run District track meet highlights busy local sports week

Central's Saxon Franklin leaps during the long jump competition last week at the Shenandoah County track meet in Strasburg. The Falcons are one of the favorites in the Bull Run District meet on Wednesday at Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

There aren’t many district tournaments or meets still being held throughout the Virginia High School League, but one of them is going on this week — the Bull Run District track and field meet.

The meet will be held at Strasburg at 3 p.m. Wednesday. One of the favorites will be Central, which just swept the Shenandoah County meet last week.

The Falcons have a strong team on both the boys and girls sides.

“It’s good for boys and girls to win, because they cheer for one another a lot,” Lytton said after the Shenandoah County meet. “They are a really close group this year.”

Strasburg and Warren County will also each have two strong teams that should do well in the meet.

With all of the rain that occurred last week, the schedule is jam-packed with a lot of key games in every sport throughout the upcoming week.

Central plays at Clarke County in softball at 5 p.m. today in a big Bull Run District and Conference 35 match-up. Clarke County defeated Central, 5-2, on April 8 — one of only two losses this season for the Falcons.

The Falcons have won three consecutive games since a 4-2 loss to rival Madison County.

“We’ve had two losses so far, and we’ve been playing some of our best ball these last three games — Strasburg, (William) Monroe and (Rappahannock County),” Central coach Lisa Rhodes said. “I think we’re playing some of our best ball right now, honestly. So I’m excited.”

Another big district and conference showdown takes place today as Sherando hosts Millbrook in baseball action at 7 p.m. The two teams have been strong rivals in baseball for a number of years. Both teams advanced to the Group 4A state semifinals two years ago.

The Pioneers beat the Warriors, 4-1, earlier this season.

Strasburg will be playing at Warren County today in a key Bull Run District contest at 6 p.m.

Sherando will play at Skyline in both softball and girls soccer. Both games start at 7 p.m.

Central will be playing at Warren County in baseball, softball and girls soccer at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Warren County will play at Central in boys soccer at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Another big match-up on Tuesday is Sherando at James Wood in girls soccer at 5:30 p.m. The two Frederick County rivals are battling for Conference 21 West seeding.

The two teams split their first two meetings of the season. James Wood beat Sherando in a tournament, 6-4, on March 31, but Sherando won 3-2 on April 21 in a regular season encounter.

Stonewall Jackson plays at East Rockingham in baseball, softball and boys soccer on Wednesday. Baseball and softball start times are 5:30 p.m., while boys soccer starts at 7 p.m. In girls soccer, the Generals host East Rockingham at 7 p.m.

Shenandoah County rivals Strasburg and Central battle it out on Thursday. The baseball, softball and girls soccer games are at Central, while the boys soccer game is played at Strasburg. All start times are 7 p.m.

Sherando’s baseball team will be hosting Woodgrove at 6 p.m. Thursday in a Conference 21 West showdown.

Warren County’s softball team will be playing at Madison County at 7 p.m. Friday in key Bull Run District contest.

Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy’s girls soccer team will be playing in the National Association of Christian Athletes Tournament in Dayton, Tennessee, all week. The tournament starts on Tuesday and ends Saturday.

The Patriots are 12-6-2 this season.

All of the tennis teams will be in action this week in conference tournaments, but the seedings for the tourneys were still up in the air at the start of the week.

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