Postseason play kicks off for some sports this week

Central's Matt Bromley follows through with a shot against Warren County's Jon Long-Leary during their match that started Monday in Front Royal. The Conference 35 individual singles tournament will be held on Thursday at Central. Rich Cooley/Daily

Postseason play begins for some sports next week, while others are closing in on the end of the regular season.

Conference 28 boys and girls tennis tournaments start on Wednesday with quarterfinals. Semifinals are held on Thursday at higher seeds. Conference 35 will also hold its individual boys and girls singles tournament at 10 a.m. Thursday at Central.

Sherando will play at Handley in girls tennis on Thursday in a key Conference 21 West encounter.

Track and field

The Bull Run District track and field meet will be held at Strasburg at 3 p.m. Wednesday. This gives all the teams one more big meet before the conference meets are held next week.

The Millbrook Last Chance meet will be held at 4 p.m., Friday.

Baseball

There are plenty of key games in baseball this week.

Central hosts Warren County on Tuesday and plays at Shenandoah County rival Strasburg on Friday.

The Falcons had a big victory over Clarke County last week. Central baseball coach Sean Semones said he’s seen a lot of growth in his team since a 7-2 loss to Strasburg earlier this season.

“I see a lot of kids are maturing real fast, they’re getting more confident,” Semones said. “Our approach at the plate has improved big time since the Strasburg game.”

Strasburg plays at first-place Madison County on Tuesday in a key Conference 35 game, before hosting Central on Friday.

Stonewall Jackson has two big home games this week. The Generals host Buffalo Gap on Tuesday and Conference 44 rival Riverheads on Friday.

Warren and Skyline play each other at Bing Crosby Stadium on Saturday in a key Conference 28 contest.

Sherando plays Handley twice this week with a chance to clinch the Conference 21 West regular season title and an auotomatic Region 4A West berth.

Softball

Warren County has a busy week. The Wildcats play at Central on Tuesday, before hosting Culpeper on Thursday and Rappahannock County on Friday.

Skyline has a big showdown with Northwestern District rival James Wood on Thursday. The Colonels are in first place in the district, while the Hawks are a game back.

Strasburg plays at Group 2A powerhouse Madison County on Tuesday and hosts Shenandoah County rival Central on Friday.

Boys soccer

Sherando looks to continue its impressive season. The Warriors have won 12 straight and host Broad Run on Tuesday and play at Handley on Thursday. A victory over Handley would clinch the Conference 21 regular season title and an automatic Region 4A West berth.

Sherando senior Sean Buono said the team just needs to stay focused.

“I think we’re doing really well,” Buono said. “We just have to not lose our heads and not get complacent. And keep on working hard every day at practice, and working hard in the games and not underestimating any of our opponents.”

Strasburg has two big Conference 35 games this week. The Rams host Madison County on Tuesday and plays at Central on Friday.

The Generals will look to get back on track this week as they host Buffalo Gap on Tuesday and Riverheads on Friday.

Skyline plays at crosstown rival Warren County on Wednesday in a key Conference 28 match.

Girls soccer

Skyline hosts Warren County on Wednesday in girls soccer. The Hawks will look to sweep the season series against the Wildcats.

Central will host Warren County on Tuesday and play at Shenandoah County rival Strasburg on Friday. The Falcons are in second place in Conference 35.

Strasburg plays at Madison County in a key Conference 35 match on Tuesday.

Stonewall Jackson has two key road matches this week. The Generals play at Buffalo Gap on Tuesday and at Riverheads on Friday.

Sherando plays at Broad Run on Tuesday and then hosts rival Handley on Thursday. The Warriors lost, 1-0, to Handley earlier this season.

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

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