Local schools to take second shot at start of spring sports season

The storm that dropped several inches of snow across the area last Monday and Tuesday wiped out the first week of spring sports for local high schools, leaving athletic directors scrambling to reschedule games before the season even got underway and spoiling the debut of several new head coaches. Teams will try again this week with a slate loaded with action.

Local baseball and softball teams will be particularly busy as many have squeezed an extra game into their week’s schedule in an effort to make up the contests missed due to last week’s weather. Five of the six public high schools in the coverage area are scheduled to play at least three games each on the baseball and softball diamonds.

Skyline, which travels to Central in both sports today, is scheduled to play three baseball/softball games this week, as is Strasburg, which will travel to Page County on Wednesday before returning home to host the Panthers on Friday.

Central’s baseball and softball teams, which will play an early Conference 35/Bull Run District game at home against George Mason on Wednesday, and Stonewall Jackson’s baseball team each play four times this week. Those two Shenandoah County rivals will meet on Friday in baseball/softball doubleheaders consisting of two five-inning games, with baseball scheduled to be played at Rebel Park in New Market and softball at Central.

Those doubleheaders are the result of last week’s postponements and the efforts to ease some of the pressure of being forced reschedule games so early in the season.

“I guess if we didn’t get (poor weather) during the winter months, if we had to have it personally I would’ve rather had it at the beginning like it was,” Central athletic director Kenny Rinker said last Friday. “We’ve got everything right now rescheduled so far. But then again that’s also pending on what’s gonna happen from here on out. The spring is so unpredictable.”

Sherando’s baseball team will be the busiest of all with five games on the slate this week, including games against Broadway today and Tuesday and a home doubleheader against Martinsburg, West Virginia, on Saturday to cap the week. The Warriors’ softball team will play four games this week, matching the baseball schedule except for a single game against Clarke County on Saturday.

Warren County’s lone baseball and softball games are scheduled for Tuesday when the Wildcats host Riverside in Conference 28 action.

Soccer

The soccer field will feature plenty of local versus local action this week, starting with today’s scheduled matchup between Skyline and Strasburg. The boys game will be held in Front Royal and the girls in Strasburg, marking the first of three contests this week for the Hawks’ boys and girls.

Central’s soccer teams will take on George Mason in an early Conference 35/Bull Run District matchup on Wednesday before squaring off with county rival Stonewall Jackson on Friday (boys at Stonewall and the girls in Woodstock).

Sherando’s girls host Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy on Thursday after opening the season with a road match at Tuscarora as part of a boys and girls doubleheader.

Track and field

The area’s lone track meet this week will take place in Shenandoah County, as Strasburg will host a six-team field that includes local participants Central and Sherando on Wednesday. It will be the first meet of the season for all three teams.

Tennis

Area tennis teams will kick their seasons into full swing this week, as many have three matches scheduled.

Central and Skyline will meet on the courts today in both boys and girls to kick off the busy week, and both schools will play conference matches on Thursday (Central versus George Mason and Skyline versus Culpeper County).

Warren County plays Conference 28 matches against Riverside in boys and girls today and Northwestern District matches versus James Wood on Thursday, while Stonewall Jackson’s girls will compete in three Shenandoah District matches this week against Page County (today), Buffalo Gap (Tuesday) and Stuarts Draft (Thursday).

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

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