Reprinted from yesterday's late editions

Most of last night's high school football games -- the first round of playoffs in Maryland and the final regular season games in Virginia -- were postponed because of the rain that started Thursday night and continued throughout Friday.

All of the Maryland boys' and girls' soccer semifinals scheduled for Friday night were postponed until Saturday.

Only two Maryland playoff games involving local teams were played last night: Frederick's 18-7 victory over No. 13 Seneca Valley in the 3A West Region and Poolesville's 9-6 win over W.E.B DuBois in the 1A South.

All Maryland public school playoff games were postponed until today. Most Virginia public school games will be played today, although some were postponed until Monday. The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference now will play both of its semifinals -- Gonzaga at No. 1 Good Counsel and St. John's vs. No. 3 DeMatha at Parkdale -- today at 2 p.m.

For a complete list of postponed games and makeup dates, see the schedule on this page.

Proposed Realignment

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's reclassification committee met yesterday morning in Laurel to come up with a final proposal for regional alignments for the next two years. Among the committee's proposals are sending three Montgomery 4A teams to a region comprised predominantly of Baltimore-area teams and the reclassification of several schools because of rising or declining enrollments.

Among those schools slated to change classifications are Douglass, Bladensburg and Crossland, which would all move from the 3A East Region to the 4A South under the plan. Northwest, an annual contender in football, is proposed to move from the 3A West to the 4A East. That addition would send Blake, Sherwood and Springbrook from the 4A West to the 4A North to give each of the 4A regions a roughly equal number of teams. The 4A North is predominantly comprised of Baltimore-area teams.

Among other schools impacted by the proposal: Leonardtown (which would move from 3A to 4A), Great Mills (4A to 3A), Patuxent (4A to 2A), McDonough (3A to 2A), Friendly (2A to 3A) and Oakland Mills (1A to 2A).

Maryland reclassifies schools every two years; this plan would go into effect in September. It first must be approved by the MPSSAA Board of Control at its meeting on Dec. 8.