As difficult as it had become, trying to keep up with the number of changes to basketball schedules at the area high schools got a bit easier Tuesday when Northern Region athletic directors decided to cancel the remainder of the regular season rather than cram in makeup games before district tournaments begin this week.
At T.C. Williams, the news means that the boys team will enter the postseason winless (0-15), an unbelievable prospect a month ago, before two players were found to be ineligible, let alone at the start of the season. The Titans will enter the Patriot District tournament as the eighth seed and should face South County in the first round of the tourney, which kicks off next Wednesday. The girls (5-14) enter next week’s district tournament as the fifth seed and should face South County in their opening round matchup. Neither team has played a game in the two weeks leading up to the playoffs.
Bishop Ireton, too, has been affected by the weather and abiding by the closures of Fairfax schools, which dominate sports scheduling within the region. The boys (6-13) are last place in their conference as are the girls (8-15). The Cardinals, part of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, don’t have postseason games scheduled until late this month, but that could change to allow time for makeup games, according to reports.
The boys of St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (9-8) could resume play this Friday in a game against Episcopal that just drips with revenge after their 55-54 loss to the Maroon last month. The girls (3-12) will likely play again on Wednesday against Sidwell Friends.
That Friday game with the Saints is, as scheduled now, the last game for the Episcopal boys (10-5) heading into the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament next week. The Maroon girls (1-14) have National Cathedral slated at home Monday afternoon.