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Postseason tournaments in full swing this week

Warren County's Dylan Becker works to break out of a hold by Strasburg's Austin Stickles during their 106-pound match on Jan. 11 in Strasburg. The Wildcats and Rams will wrestle in regionals this weekend. Rich Cooley/Dailyfile

The postseason may have started in some sports last week, but this week every winter sport will be in postseason mode.

The regional wrestling tournaments will be held on Friday and Saturday.

Strasburg will be hosting the Region 2A East tournament. Action will begin at 3 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Warren County is coming off an impressive performance in the Conference 28 tournament. The Wildcats had 12 wrestlers in the finals, and won six individual titles. Warren County, which will have 13 wrestlers in the Region 3A East tournament at New Kent High School, won the conference tournament by 82.5 points.

“We were the underdog (in the conference tournament) and I think we’re going to be on people’s radar this week,” Warren County wrestling coach Matt Wadas said. “So we got to understand that the target’s going to be on our back now instead of Brenstville’s. So we got to act accordingly. We have to practice hard and be ready to go.”

Stonewall Jackson will participate in the Region 1A East tournament at Riverheads. The tournament starts at 3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

Sherando will wrestle in the Region 4A West tournament in Amherst. Action starts at 4:15 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

Boys basketball

Stonewall Jackson has a key game at Luray on Tuesday, which will decide where they play to start the Conference 44 tournament semifinals on Feb. 14.

If the Generals beat Luray they will host Riverheads. If they lose to Luray they will travel to Riverheads in the conference semifinals with a regional berth at stake.

“I’m happy we get to play Tuesday and then we got a week off where we can fine tune some things,” Stonewall Jackson boys basketball coach Mike Lenox said. “I’m looking forward to (the playoffs). It’s what you play all year for. So hopefully, our total goal is to get a regional game and we’ll see what happens.”

Warren County and Skyline will begin play in the Conference 28 tournament on Friday. The pairings are still up in the air, but should be known after Tuesday’s regular season games.

Strasburg will start Conference 35 tournament play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Clarke County. The winner of Thursday’s game will get a regional berth and will play in the semifinals on Saturday at either Madison County or George Mason.

Central’s boys basketball team has already clinched a regional berth, as the conference takes four teams to regionals. The third-seeded Falcons will play at either Madison County or George Mason on Saturday in the Conference 35 semifinals.

Sherando’s boys basketball team is the No. 2 seed in the Conference 21 West tournament and will have a bye in the opening round. The Warriors do host top-seeded Handley on Tuesday in their regular-season finale.

Girls basketball

Central will be the second seed in the Conference 35 tournament. The Falcons will host third-seeded Clarke County in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Saturday. The two teams split their two regular season meetings.

Central girls basketball coach Bryan Scott said his team, which has won four games in a row, is peaking at the right time.

“I think right now I’m liking the way we’re playing,” Scott said. “I think the girls have finally bought in that we’re pretty good when we play team basketball and move the ball and look for one another. I think they’re finally realizing when we do that we’re a pretty good team.”

Strasburg opens the tournament by hosting Madison County on Thursday with the winner securing a regional berth. The winner of that contest plays at top-seeded George Mason on Saturday in the semifinals.

Sherando is tied for first in Conference 21 West with James Wood, and Millbrook will join them if the Pioneers defeat Woodgrove on Tuesday. There would then be a coin flip to decide the top three seeds for the Conference 21 West tournament.

The two finalists from the tournament will advance to regionals.

Stonewall Jackson will host a Conference 44 tournament game at 6 p.m. Friday.

Warren County and Skyline will both be on the road in the Conference 28 tournament, but the seedings have not been finalized.

Swimming

Sherando will swim in the Region 4A West meet on Saturday at James Madison University. The Warriors won the Conference 21 West boys meet and finished second in the Conference 21 West girls meet this past weekend.

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