Postseason in full swing this week
The postseason kicks into full gear this week. Every team that hasn’t already been eliminated will be in action.
The Conference 21 West semifinals take place on today with Sherando baseball playing at Woodgrove, Sherando boys soccer is at Handley and Sherando softball is at James Wood. All start times are 6 p.m.
Conference 35 starts its postseason with play-in games in baseball (Central at Clarke County at 5 p.m.), softball (Strasburg at George Mason at 6 p.m.) and boys soccer (Madison County at Strasburg at 6 p.m.).
The Conference 35 girls soccer tournament will have eight teams, instead of five, due to Group 2A and 1A being combined in the postseason. There aren’t enough teams to hold a Group 1A state tournament. Stonewall Jackson, Rappahannock County and Luray are in Conference 35.
There are three local games in the tournament today. Third-seeded Central will host Luray in girls soccer at 6 p.m. in one quarterfinal, while fourth-seeded Stonewall Jackson will host Madison County at 6 p.m. Eighth-seeded Strasburg will play at top-seeded George Mason at 6 p.m.
The Generals finished second in the Shenandoah District this year, and the team was confident going into postseason play.
“I hope we do well in the first game. We’ll have to see what the competition is like over there,” Stonewall Jackson coach Hap Kwiatkowski said. “I’m pretty sure we can win our first game. The second game might be tougher against George Mason. …But all those teams can be beaten on any different day.”
Stonewall Jackson plays at top-seeded Riverheads at 5 p.m. today in the Conference 44 baseball tournament. It will be the third time this year the two teams have met, but this time there will be a regional berth at stake.
“Were going to see their best,” Stonewall Jackson sophomore Nick Dotson said. “So we just got to come prepared, knowing that we can hit the ball and we can play, and we can beat anybody if we just keep working hard and don’t give up.”
Third-seeded Stonewall Jackson will also be at second-seeded Altavista at 5:30 p.m. today in the Conference 44 boys soccer tournament.
Stonewall Jackson’s girls tennis squad will play at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School at 1 p.m. Monday in the Region 1A East quarterfinals. The Generals are two wins away from a state berth.
The Conference 21 West finals will all be held in baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer on Tuesday.
Skyline will host William Monroe on Tuesday in one of the Conference 28 semifinals at 6 p.m.
Skyline’s baseball team will play at second-seeded Brentsville on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Skyline will also play at Brentsville in girls soccer Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the conference tournament semis.
Top-seeded Strasburg will host the winner of today’s Clarke County-Central game at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Conference 35 baseball tournament semifinals.
Third-seeded Central will play at second-seeded Clarke County at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Conference 35 baseball tournament semis.
Central’s boys soccer team will also play at second-seeded Clarke County at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Conference 35 semifinals.
Sherando’s Abigale Lukens and Abby Sears will play a quarterfinal match in the Region 4A West individual doubles tennis tournament at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Handley. The doubles semifinals and finals will be held on Wednesday at Handley High School. Lukens and Sears won the Conference 21 West individual doubles title last week.
The Conference 44 tournament finals will be held on Wednesday in baseball, softball and boys soccer. The Conference 28 and 35 tournament finals will be held in baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer on Thursday.
There are four regional track and field meets this week. The Region 2A East meet will be held at East Rockingham High School at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Region 4A West meet will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Freedom High School. The Region 1A East meet will be held at Sussex Central High School at 1:45 p.m. Thursday. The Region 3A East meet is a two-day event on Friday and Saturday at Lakeland High School. Friday’s meet starts at 2 p.m. and Saturday’s meet starts at 10 a.m.
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