Local teams turn page to 2017 with loaded week of games

The year 2016 is now in the rearview mirror, and local high school basketball teams will kick off the new year in high gear as each is scheduled to play at least two games this week.

For Strasburg High School’s boys basketball team, the turn of the calendar marks the first chance for the Rams to build off of their first win of the season, a 56-45 victory on Friday over Skyline in the consolation round of the Ram Hardwood Classic.

“I’m proud of the way we played,” Rams head coach Hamilton Doyle said after the victory. “It was a long time coming. But we’ll stay at it one game at a time and like I just told them right now, the season is still gonna challenge us. There’s gonna be some challenges but from this first nine games or whatever we just have to learn how to play through stuff, adversity, and learn, share the ball and play a complete team game.”

Strasburg will open the week today with a road game against Conference 35/Bull Run District rival Clarke County before returning home Thursday to host Madison County in another conference/district clash.

Sherando’s boys basketball team will face a similar scenario this week, as the Warriors are scheduled to play a pair of Conference 21 West/Northwestern District games against James Wood (home) and Millbrook (away) today and Thursday, respectively.

Skyline, still seeking its first win of the season, open the week with a matchup today at home against Manassas Park in Conference 28 action before a Friday night home game against Handley.

Stonewall Jackson will play a pair of Shenandoah District games against East Rockingham and Buffalo Gap, and Central and Warren County will play district games today against Rappahannock County and Madison, respectively, before meeting head-to-head in Front Royal on Friday in the only local vs. local boys basketball matchup of the week.

Girls basketball

Sherando’s girls will be the busiest of the local teams this week, with conference/district games against James Wood and Millbrook today and Thursday, respectively, as parts of doubleheaders with the boys before a Friday road game at East Hardy (West Virginia).

Strasburg’s girls, like the boys, will play a pair of conference/district games against Clarke County (home) and Madison County (away) on Wednesday and Friday. Skyline, coming off a win over Strasburg in the Ram Hardwood Classic consolation, will travel to Manassas Park today and will host Handley as part of a boys/girls doubleheader on Friday.

Stonewall Jackson will travel to East Rockingham and Buffalo Gap this week in the Generals’ first action since a victory over Central last Wednesday that snapped a six-game losing streak.

“We felt like we’ve been getting better all along,” Generals head coach Jeff Burner said after the victory. “Certainly tonight was a nice little culmination. The kids, I love to see them get a payoff for that and get a win because moral victories only go so far and you wanna win. But I certainly believe that we’re getting better and hopefully we’re gonna keep on this thing.”

Central and Warren County will compete on Friday as the first of a basketball double header after traveling to Rappahannock County and hosting Madison County, respectively, today.

Wrestling

Most of the area’s six local high school wrestling teams will stay in the area this week, beginning with Stonewall Jackson’s home squad against Broadway, Buffalo Gap and Waynesboro on Wednesday, the Generals’ lone home match of the season.

Sherando (which takes on James Wood in a dual on Wednesday) and Skyline will both compete in the Mayhem at Millbrook tournament on Saturday, while Warren County will host an invitational tournament the same day. Central will travel to Randolph-Macon Academy, also on Saturday.

Strasburg, coming off a trip to Pennsylvania for a tournament last week, will again leave the state for the two-day West Virginia National Guard Duals in Beckley on Friday and Saturday.

Swimming

The area’s four swim teams will be on the road this weekend, as Central travels to Manassas Park, Stonewall visits Broadway, Strasburg heads to Charlottesville and Sherando travels to Saint Maria Goretti (Maryland).

Boys postgraduate basketball

Massanutten Military Academy (13-2) will return to the court on Friday for its first action since the holiday break when the Colonels take on Wesley Christian in the Chance Harmon Classic at 9 p.m. The Colonels will play rival Hargrave Military Academy on Saturday as part of the tournament.

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