With high schools closed again today in the Washington area, athletic directors at some Virginia public schools are formulating plans that would alter significantly some sports' postseason formats.
Virginia regional wrestling and volleyball tournaments are scheduled to be completed by Saturday, and regional basketball tournaments are slated to start next week, but public school teams have not practiced or competed since last week. Because venues for state tournaments are set well ahead of time, schools face pressing deadlines in the coming days.
Officials planning the championship wrestling meets in the Virginia AAA Concorde, National, Cardinal and Cedar Run districts say they could cancel the events, seeding wrestlers at this weekend's two-day regional meets based on regular season performance. Those districts meets had been planned for last weekend.
The Concorde and National District meets could be held Thursday, with the Northern Region tournament following Saturday and Sunday, Herndon Athletic Director and region wrestling tournament chairman Bill Hildbold said. But if school cancellations kept the seven-team Concorde and National from holding district meets, four wrestlers in each weight class would qualify for regionals based on regular season results.
If the Cardinal and Cedar Run meets were called off, only regional seeding would be affected, since both districts are composed of four schools.
Northern Region athletic directors are scheduled to meet this morning to discuss wrestling and basketball scheduling.
Organizers of the Virginia AA Region II volleyball tournament likely will consider a plan at a meeting this morning to play all three rounds of the regional tournament on Saturday, likely at Park View and Potomac Falls high schools in Sterling. The regional tournament was scheduled to begin today, but none of the region's four district tournaments has been completed.
Northern Region officials are more hopeful about playing full district tournaments in basketball. The tournaments, scheduled to begin Monday and yesterday, could still be completed on time if teams play Thursday, Friday and Saturday consecutively.
Meanwhile, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has picked new dates for its dual wrestling and indoor track and field championships. The 3A/2A and 2A/1A track championships will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex; the 4A/3A meet will be held next Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the same site.
The 4A/3A and 2A/1A dual wrestling meets will be held next Tuesday at sites and times to be determined.
WCAC Hearing Today
The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference's advisory board hearing on sanctions against Bishop McNamara's girls' basketball team, originally scheduled for Monday, will be held today, DeMatha Principal and advisory board chairman Dan McMahon said.
McNamara officials suspended Mike Bozeman from coaching in games for the rest of the season after learning his team played 30 regular season games, one more than the league's maximum. WCAC Commissioner Bob Hardage upheld that penalty last week.
Bishop Ireton officials appealed Hardage's ruling last Friday, seeking a stiffer penalty.
Staff writer Jon Gallo and special correspondent Dan Steinberg contributed to this report.