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Conference 25 cuts basketball tournament field from 8 to 4 teams

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M&M SITE SWITCH (UPDATED 4:32 p.m.): Because the heat in Kecoughtan's gym is on the fritz, all four of Monday's Monitor-Merrimac Conference 2 first-round games will be played at Woodside. They are:

3:30 p.m.: No. 4 Oscar Smith vs. No. 5 Kecoughtan (girls)

5: No. 3 Woodside vs. No. 6 Grassfield (girls)

6:30: No. 4 Woodside vs. No. 5 Grassfield (boys)

8: No. 3 Kecoughtan vs. No. 6 Western Branch (boys)

IRONCLAD TOURNAMENT (UPDATED 1:30 p.m.): Ironclad Conference 18 plans to get its girls tournament started, and resume the boys play, with four games Monday.

A girls first-round game between No. 4 Heritage and No. 5 Lakeland was set for 3 p.m. The 3-6 game, King's Fork vs. Denbigh, would follow at about 4:30.

Then, at 6, the boys' first semifinal, between No. 2 King's Fork and No. 3 Phoebus, will be held. The day's final game will be No. 1 Heritage vs. No. 4 Lakeland at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, the girls semifinals will be played at 6 and 7:30. On Wednesday, it will be the championship games -- girls at 6, boys at 7:30.

All games are at King's Fork High School in Suffolk.

12:30 P.M. UPDATE: The Colonial Rivers Conference 25 tournaments have been trimmed from eight schools in each bracket to four.

Semifinals will be played Monday, and the championship games are Wednesday.

The boys bracket is now No. 4 York at No. 1 Colonial Heights, and No. 3 Lafayette at No. 2 Park View. Both games start at 6 p.m. The higher remaining seed will play host to the championship game.

The girls bracket is No. 4 Park View at No. 1 Warhill and No. 3 Poquoson at No. 2 Lafayette, both at 6 p.m. As with the boys, the top remaining seed hosts the title game.

PENSOUTH UPDATE (Noon): The PenSouth Conference has given up on its four-game plan at Hickory on Saturday. Instead, the semifinals will be on Monday and be played at the No. 1 seed's gym.

Boys semifinals (at Hampton):

No. 2 Warwick vs. No. 3 Indian River, 6 p.m.

No. 1 Hampton vs. No. 4 Menchville, 7:30 p.m.

Girls' semifinals (at Warwick):

No. 2 Menchville vs. No. 3 Hickory, 6

No. 1 Warwick vs. No. 4 Hampton, 7:30.

The championship games will be played Tuesday at Warwick: the girls at 6, the boys at 7:30.

9:30 A.M. UPDATE: All six VHSL state wrestling tournaments have been turned into one-day tournaments Friday because of impending bad weather Saturday.

The 1A through 4A tournament is being held at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, while the 5A and 6A brackets are at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County.

All six tournament will follow the same schedule: Quarterfinals at 3 p.m., semifinals at 6, finals at 8.

And from the schedule, it sppears there won't be any consolation matches. If a wrestler loses, he is done for the tournament, except there will be third-place matches for semifinal losers.

Conference 42: As it turns out, we got some bad information on Thursday. The conference basketball tournament hasn't been canceled, but will be played next week. We'll have more information as we receive it.

9:15 A.M. UPDATE: The Virginia High School League just changed the Groups 5A and 6A state wrestling tournaments to a one-day tournament on Friday.

Quarterfinals in the eight-man brackets now will begin at 3 p.m. The semifinals are scheduled for 6 p.m. and the finals start at 8 p.m.

9 A.M. UPDATE: The Virginia High School League just announced that the Group 2A state swim meet, scheduled for Saturday at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, will be moved to Tuesday.

The media release from the VHSL cites potential inclement weather in the Christiansburg area on Saturday.

Metro Conference: Officials say the quarterfinals in the basketball tournament will be played on Friday with one venue change.

The girls games remain at Atlantic Shores Christian in Chesapeake, but the boys games are moving from Portsmouth Christian to Denbigh Baptist in Newport News.

For pairings, click the link above.

FIRST FRIDAY UPDATE, 7 A.M.: The Virginia High School League says the Group 5A and 6A wrestling tournament will go on as scheduled Friday at Robinson Secondary School, even though Fairfax County has called off school.

Metro Conference: We're still waiting on word from the conference about Friday's basketball tournament quarterfinals (see the note just below).

10 P.M. FINAL UPDATE: Larry Smith, president of the Metro Conference, says his league hopes to play quarterfinal games on Friday, but cautions that school officials will assess the situation Friday morning and make further decisions.

As of now, the Metro is the only conference with games still scheduled for Friday. Girls quarterfinals are scheduled at Atlantic Shores Christian in Chesapeake and boys quarterfinals are scheduled for Portsmouth Christian.

8:40 UPDATE: Finally, the Conference 19 basketball tournament is scheduled to begin. Jamestown athletic director Don Samuels has tweeted that the Eagles' boys will host Powhatan in the first-round play-in game at 2 p.m. Saturday, the same time that the Eagles' girls will play at Smithfield in the play-in game.

The winners move to the semifinals Monday. The girls final is Tuesday and the boys final is Wednesday.

Group 2A East regional: Bruton AD Richard Onesty tweeted that Bruton's boys and girls will both play Amelia County Tuesday night in the regional first round.

The boys game is at Bruton, while the girls game is in Amelia County, the western neighbor of Chesterfield. Both start at 7 p.m.

8:20 UPDATE: The Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools postponed its boys and girls quarterfinal basketball games, which were to be played Friday night.

They are now set for Saturday, with the semifinals Sunday afternoon and the championship games Monday night.

The only times available for Saturday so far are for Hampton Roads Academy. The boys play at Norfolk Collegiate, and the girls play at Norfolk Christian. Both games start at 1 p.m.

The semifinals on Sunday have 2:30 start times and will be played at the two highest boys seeds and two highest girls seeds. The girls championship game is Monday at 5 p.m. at HRA, with the boys game following.

That leaves only the Metro Conference with games still scheduled to be played Friday. Metro officials plan to decide Friday morning whether to contest the quarterfinals.

Ironclad Conference 18: Also, with Newport News and Suffolk schools closed again Friday, that postpones the first round of the girls tournament to either Saturday or Monday.

5:45 UPDATE: No decisions were made today on when the Conference 19 (Tabb, Grafton, Jamestown, Smithfield etc.) or Conference 25 (Lafayette, York, Warhill, New Kent, Poquoson etc.) basketball tournaments will start. Decisions very likely on Friday I'm hearing.

4:45 UPDATE: Poquoson wrestling coach Eric Decker just texted that the 3A wrestling state semifinals in Salem have been moved to Friday night. They were supposed to be Saturday.

4:35 UPDATE: The Conference 33 boys and girls basketball tournaments have been canceled, eliminating the No. 5 and 6 seeds and advancing the top four. That means both Bruton teams advance to the 2A East Region tournament.

2:30 UPDATE: The PenSouth Conference is onto its latest plan, which has all four semifinal games (two girls, two boys) being played on Saturday and the championship games on Monday -- all at Hickory High.

Saturday's quadruple-header will start at noon with No. 2 Menchville going against No. 3 and host Hickory. At 1:45(ish), it'll be No. 1 Warwick vs. No. 4 Hampton.

At approximately 3:30, the first boys' semifinal will be played: No. 2 Warwick vs. No. 3 Indian River. At 5, No. 1 Hampton vs. No. 4 Menchville will wrap up the day.

Both championship games will be Monday night, with the girls at 6 and the boys at 8. The 5A South tournament is scheduled to start Thursday the 26th.

Of course, as we've seen this week, nothing should be written down in ink.

2:10 P.M. UPDATE THURSDAY: Plan W, as tournament director Todd Price calls it, is in place: The Monitor-Merrimac tournament won't get started until Monday.

The first round, which was scheduled for this past Monday, will be played a week later at Kecoughtan (boys) and Woodside (girls). On Wednesday, it will be the semifinals played at the two No. 1 sites -- Oscar Smith for boys, Bethel for girls.

The championship games will be Thursday night at either Oscar Smith or Woodside, depending on which teams are higher seeded.

The 6A South region tournament is scheduled to begin Saturday, Feb. 28.

11 A.M. UPDATE THURSDAY: The Group 6A South regional track meet, which was to have been held Friday and Saturday at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, has been canceled.

Because there won't be a regional meet, all competitors who have already met a state qualifying time or distance automatically advance to the state meet, plus the next six times on the entry list.

For example, if the first five entrants in event have met the state standard, they advance, plus places six through 12.

The state meet is next week, also at the sportsplex in Hampton.

5A/6A wrestling: The schedule for the tournament, which will be held at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County:

3 p.m. Friday: Quarterfinals

8:30 p.m. Friday: Semifinals

4 p.m. Saturday: Championship matches

10 A.M. UPDATE THURSDAY: The Virginia High School League has announced changes to the times for this weekend's Group 1A through 4A state wrestling tournament in Salem.

The new schedule has quarterfinal matches starting at 3 p.m. Friday. Semifinals will be that night at 8:30.

Championship matches begin at 2:30 Saturday afternoon.

A news release from the Virginia High School League said the changes were due to potential bad weather in the Salem area on Saturday.

There are no updates on the Group 2A swim meet, which is also Saturday in Christiansburg, which is just west of Salem.

Conference 42 basketball: West Point High School reports that the Conference 42 boys basketball tournament was canceled. The top two seeds, West Point and Middlesex, advance to the 1A East boys regional tournament.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE THURSDAY: Both the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools and the Metro Conference have postponed their basketball tournament quarterfinals Thursday night.

Those games have been pushed to Friday, with both semifinals and championship games now on Saturday.

The TCIS will play semifinals at higher seeds starting at 11 a.m. Then the winning teams head for Newport News where the championship games are scheduled for Hampton Roads Academy, girls at 4 p.m. and boys at 6.

The Metro Conference girls semifinals will be at Atlantic Shores Christian in Chesapeake, then those winners travel to Portsmouth Christian, where the  boys semifinals and both championship games will be played.

There is little margin of error for both tournaments, since pairings for next week's state tournament will be set on Sunday.

And with all public school systems closed in Hampton Roads, there are no games in the 757 Thursday night.

7 P.M. UPDATE WEDNESDAY: The area high school tournament picture is moving into focus as slowly as the ice is melting from Monday’s snowstorm. But at least one big piece of the puzzle fell into place, thanks to some ingenuity by the Virginia High School League.

The VHSL announced Wednesday that the Group 4A state swimming and diving meet, which was scheduled for Thursday, will be held Friday at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. To accommodate the 4A schools, the league will hold the 4A and 3A state meets simultaneously Friday in different pools at the venue.

The VHSL had sent out a survey to 4A schools asking about the availability of swim teams to compete Thursday or Sunday. But with Peninsula-area schools out for the third consecutive day Wednesday because of icy roads, travel to the Roanoke area for Bay Rivers schools such as Jamestown and Grafton — the 4A meet favorites — was not possible.

Area schools have been called off on the Peninsula for Thursday as well, but York High athletic director John Ashley said York County Schools will allow York, Grafton and Tabb to procure a charter for travel Thursday to the state meet. York County Schools normally do not allow athletic travel when classes are canceled.

“We had to get special permission to get the charter,” Ashley said. “We would’ve hated to see the kids left out of their state meets.”

Lafayette athletic director Dan Barner said the Rams’ wrestlers and swimmers will share a charter bus with Warhill’s for travel to the 3A state championships.

Plans for basketball tournaments involving Bay Rivers District schools remain unsettled.

Warhill athletic director Dan Mullen said that the Conference 25 boys and girls tournaments are in limbo because the 3A East Region tournament is scheduled to begin Monday. He said that unless three of the four region chairpersons agree to postpone the start of the regional tournament, some or all of the Conference 25 tournament — which includes Lafayette, Poquoson, New Kent Warhill and York — could be canceled.

“We’re in a holding pattern,” Mullen said.

As with Conference 25, Conference 19 basketball tournaments, which include BRD schools Grafton, Jamestown, Smithfield and Tabb, are in a holding pattern as well with classes canceled Thursday.

With another day of school cancellations, the Monitor-Merrimac, PenSouth and Ironclad conference tournaments have set Friday as their best-case scenario date. With, of course, full knowledge that could change yet again.

The Ironclad’s latest plan is to play the girls first round Friday, the boys semifinals Saturday, the girls semifinals Monday and both championship games Tuesday. The 4A South regional tournament is scheduled to start Feb. 27.

The M&M moved its first-round games to Friday. That remains the plan, with dates for the semifinals and finals to be determined later. The 6A South tournament is set for Feb. 26.

The PenSouth has not announced its latest schedule. The conference is considering several opinions, including playing the boys and girls semifinals at home sites rather than having four at Hickory High in Chesapeake. That would allow the PenSouth to wrap up its tournament in two days instead of three.


UPDATED AT 5:06 P.M.: The Ironclad’s Conference's latest plan for its basketball tournaments is to play the girls first round Friday, the boys semifinals Saturday, the girls semifinals Monday and both championship games Tuesday.

The 4A South regional tournament is scheduled to start Friday, Feb. 27.

The M&M had already moved its first-round games to Friday. That remains the plan, with the semifinals and finals to be a bridge that will be crossed later. The 6A South regional is scheduled to begin Feb. 26.

The PenSouth girls semifinals, which had been rescheduled for Thursday night, are off again. There is no word yet of a new date.

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Friday morning update: The Virginia High School League has moved the Group 4A state swim meet from Thursday to Friday at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. Area schools in the 4A meet include Jamestown's girls and Grafton's boys, the defending champions, along with Tabb and Smithfield.

The move was made because of previous snow throughout the state and impending bad weather in parts of the state on Wednesday.

The Group 3A meet is still being held on Friday. According to the VHSL, the meets will be held in different parts of the aquatic center and will not be merged into one.

The news release from the VHSL said additional inclement weather is expected in the Christiansburg area on Saturday. If that happens, the Group 2A state meet will be moved from Saturday to Sunday.

Because of the weather, York County swimmers from Grafton, Tabb and York will travel to the state meets together on a charter bus. They'll leave from Grafton at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday.

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Original story

Jamestown and Grafton are prime contenders to win Group 4A state swimming and diving meet team championships. When the Eagles’ girls and Clippers’ boys will be heading to Christiansburg to defend the titles they won a year ago is in limbo because of the snowstorm Monday and Tuesday.

The 4A state meet is scheduled for Thursday at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, and Grafton, among others, had made hotel reservations in the area to be there for it. But with school canceled in York County because of snow, Grafton and Tabb will not be allowed to travel on Wednesday even if the meet is held Thursday.

That is not a given. The Virginia High School League surveyed 4A schools via email Tuesday to ascertain whether they could travel to the meet for Thursday or if the meet would have to be postponed to Sunday.

Sunday would be the makeup date because the 3A state meet is scheduled for the Christiansburg Aquatic Center on Friday, with the 1A and 2A meets set for that venue Saturday. The VHSL inquired whether or not 4A participants would be allowed to travel for the Thursday morning start time, whether they would be allowed to travel for a later start time Thursday and whether they would be allowed to participate if the meet is postponed to Sunday.

“York County Schools have told us we could participate on Sunday and they’ve told us that school is out on Wednesday,” Tabb athletic director Susan Wiker said Tuesday afternoon. “That’s all we know right now.”

Asked if York County Schools would allow their teams to travel Wednesday if the VHSL decides to conduct the meet Thursday, Wiker and Grafton athletic director Laura Sutton said “no.” Mike McCall of the VHSL said a decision on the date and time for the 4A state meet will be announced no later than 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

More BRD

Meanwhile, several Bay Rivers District athletic directors said no decisions have been made on when the Conference 19, 25 and 33 basketball tournaments will begin. The C-19 tournament was scheduled to begin Monday and the 25 and 33 tournaments Tuesday.

With schools out Wednesday, none will start earlier than Thursday. Poquoson athletic director Ken Bennett said there is discussion among athletic directors that if the C-25 tournament starts later than Thursday, a round could be eliminated. ...

Bruton athletic director Richard Onesty said the 2A East Region indoor track and field meet is canceled.

Peninsula District

In the Monitor-Merrimac boys and girls basketball tournaments, which are to be played at home sites, the first round is now scheduled for Friday night. The semifinals and finals will be scheduled once the weather and forecast become more clear.

If necessary, An option would be canceling the championship games if each No. 1 seed — the Oscar Smith boys and Bethel girls — reaches the final. The Tigers and Bruins have clinched the M&M’s Nos. 1, and if they make the championship game, the runner-up would be No. 2 regardless.

The 6A South regional tournament is scheduled to begin next Thursday.

In the PenSouth tournament at Hickory, the girls semifinals have been moved to Thursday, with the boys playing Friday. The championship games are now set for Saturday afternoon(time TBA).

The 5A South regionals are set to begin Wednesday.

In the Ironclad at King’s Fork, the girls first round will be Thursday and the semifinals Saturday. The boys semis are set for Friday. The championship doubleheader will be Monday.

The 4A South tournament is scheduled to start Tuesday.

Also, the 4A South indoor track meet, which was scheduled for Wednesday at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, has been postponed to Monday, Feb. 23. It will be a one-day meet.

More hoops

The Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools rescheduled its quarterfinals to Thursday. All four semifinals (boys and girls) will be played Friday at Hampton Roads Academy. The championship games still are scheduled for Saturday, with the girls at 4 p.m. and the boys at 6.

Staff writers Dave Johnson and Lynn Burke contributed to this report. O'Brien can be reached by phone at 757-247-4963.

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