Prep Notebook: A Look Inside VHSL’s Latest Realignment


September 29 - Several area teams will be playing in new districts during the 2020 season as part of the Virginia High School League’s latest realignment. 

Champe, which has moved up to Class 6, departs the Potomac District to become the sixth team in the Cedar Run. Edison, Falls Church, Wakefield and Potomac have also moved up to Class 6. 

In Loudoun County, four teams swapped affiliations. Woodgrove and Riverside bumped up a classification to Class 5 and join the Potomac, while Broad Run and Tuscarora dropped to Class 4 and become members of the Dulles. The county’s new school, Independence, also joins the Dulles as the district’s lone Class 3 school. 

Region alignment also changed, most significantly in Class 6, which now has three regions based in Northern Virginia with the fourth comprised mostly of teams from the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas. Region 6B now consists of teams from the Cardinal, Cedar Run and Commonwealth, with Region 6C comprised of teams from the Gunston and Patriot and Region 6D of teams from the Concorde and Liberty.

Five of the seven teams in the National are now Class 6, with those teams’ regional alignment split as they seek bids into Region 6C and 6D. 

To view the VHSL’s new district alignment click here. And to view the new region alignment, click here

Park View’s Taylor Steps Down After 3 Seasons

Brian Taylor, who coached Park View over the past two seasons, stepped down on Sept. 11. 

“Patriot family, it is with a heavy heart that I must resign as the head coach of Park View baseball,” Taylor posted on his Twitter handle. “Please keep up the hard work.”

Taylor helped engineer excitement at a program that was in the midst of a 53-game losing streak when he took the reins prior to the 2018 season. The Patriots were 4-37 in his two years, improving to three wins this past spring. 

The vacancy has been posted on the Loudoun County Public Schools employment page. 

Area Schools Seeking Assistant Coaches

Four area coaches have contacted the magazine indicating they’re in search of assistant coaches for the 2020 season. 

Briar Woods’ Rob Sikora (robert.sikora@lcps.org), Episcopal’s Chris Warren (caw@episcopalhighschool.org), Paul VI Catholic’s Billy Emerson (bemerson@pvipanther.net) and Stone Bridge’s Andy Hayes (stonebridgebaseballhc@gmail.com) are looking to add to their staffs and ask interested coaches to contact them via email. 

Area public schools governed by the Virginia High School League, begin tryouts on Feb. 24, with the regular season running to mid-May and postseason to early June. Paul VI, a member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, will begin on Feb. 20 and Episcopal, a member of the Interstate Athletic Conference, begins on Feb. 17.

Private schools have their regular seasons end in early May and postseason conclude the third week in May.