Postseason wrestling, swim tournaments cap sports week

The calendar turns to February this week, meaning the playoffs are right around the corner for most high school sports teams. For local wrestling and swimming programs, the postseason has already arrived.

The end of the week will mark the start of postseason competitions for both sports, and Saturday will be filled with local student-athletes trying to advance their seasons into another week. Five of the six local public high schools will wrestle in their respective conference tournaments on Saturday, while Sherando’s swim team will compete in the Region 4A West meet on Friday at Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility and Central, Stonewall Jackson and Strasburg will take part in the Region 2A East swim meet at Wakefield Aquatic Center on Saturday.

On the wrestling mat, Warren County will aim to continue the momentum it built this past weekend – when the Wildcats won the Bull Run District tournament – when the team travels to Brentsville to take part in the Conference 28 tournament on Saturday. Skyline will also compete alongside the Wildcats in Nokesville.

Strasburg, the Bull Run District runner-up, will travel to Madison County that same day for the Conference 35 tournament (which will be conducted in a duals format) at Madison County, as will Central.

Sherando will remain in the local area this weekend when the Warriors travel to nearby Handley for the Conference 21 West tournament.

Only Stonewall Jackson, which competes at Page County on Wednesday, will not wrestle in a conference tournament this weekend.

Girls basketball

Skyline’s girls kick off the week with a home game against John Handley today in the opening act of a girls and boys basketball doubleheader. It will be the first of four doubleheaders for the Hawks this week, who also host Sherando (Tuesday) and travel to Millbrook (Friday) and William Monroe (Saturday).

Central will host its own doubleheader on Tuesday when it takes on Warren County in a rematch of the Wildcats’ 28-25 win in Front Royal on Jan. 20.

“We’ve gotta get that one back,” Falcons head coach Bryan Scott said after his team’s blowout win over Rappahannock County last Thursday. “That’s one we let slip away. I mean even as bad as we played over there we still could’ve pulled that game out. So I’m hoping this intensity from these last two games, defensive effort and our offensive input carries over into Tuesday against Warren County. I’m definitely looking forward to that one.”

Central will also host county rival Strasburg on Thursday, two days after the Rams host Madison County in another Conference 35 matchup.

Stonewall Jackson will host Buffalo Gap on Tuesday before traveling to Riverheads for a Conference 44 game on Friday.

Boys basketball

Skyline’s boys will follow the girls with a home game against Handley today, then turn around Tuesday to host Sherando, a team coming off a double-overtime win over rival Millbrook last Friday to snap the Warriors’ two-game losing streak.

“The tournament’s around the corner and we need that taste of winning and that momentum going into the tournament,” Warriors head coach Garland Williams said after the victory. “Hopefully we can keep things going.”

Central and Warren County meet in the second half of Tuesday’s doubleheader in Woodstock, and the Falcons travel to Strasburg on Friday for a rivalry game.

Stonewall’s boys travel to Buffalo Gap on Tuesday and return home Friday to host Riverheads in conference play.

Postgraduate boys basketball

Massanutten Military Academy has a chance for another statement win this week when the Colonels travel to Floyd on Tuesday to take on rival Hargrave Military Academy. Hargrave is ranked in the Top 5 nationally in multiple postgrad basketball polls.

The Colonels already picked up a win over another top 10 foe in Fork Union Military Academy last week, and they have run their winning streak to 14 straight games.

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