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Front row, from left: Amanda Nee, Alyssa Lavine and Michelle Sullivan. Back row: Briar Woods head softball coach Chris Starke.—Courtesy Photo

Three Falcons to play college softball

A trio of Briar Woods High School student-athletes will continue their softball careers in college. Amanda Nee will take her softball skills to the University of Maine, Alyssa Lavine will play softball at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Michelle Sullivan will take the diamond for James Madison University in Harrisonburg.
Trace McSorley

BWHS alum McSorley is Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

Penn State sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley has earned his first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award after his impressive performance Nov. 26 versus Michigan State. McSorley, a Briar Woods High School alum, completed 17 of 23 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-12 win.

Briar Woods senior Logan Manusky slammed six kills in the Virginia 5A state final.—Times-Mirror/Patrick Kane

Briar Woods finally falls in 5A state final

In the Virginia High School League's Group 5A volleyball championship, held Nov. 19 at the Siegel Center in Richmond, the Briar Woods Falcons went down in straight sets to a Princess Anne team with the firepower to claim its first state title in the sport. The Falcons (23-3) were denied a second state tourney trophy to accompany the one they won in 2014, when they defeated Princess Anne in a five-set come-from-behind thriller.

The Loudoun County Raiders rejoice after earning the VHSL Group 4A state volleyball championship trophy.—Times-Mirror/Patrick Kane

Volleyball: VHSL state tournament scoreboard

Loudoun County High School defeated Jamestown in four sets, 17-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, to win the Virginia 4A state volleyball championship Saturday at the Siegel Center in Richmond. The Raiders have now won a VHSL record five consecutive state titles and nine in the last 10 seasons.

The Loudoun Valley Vikings are once again state cross-country champions, winning the Group 4A boys’ title.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Morris, Vikings lead pack at VHSL State Cross-Country Championships

The Loudoun Valley Vikings ran away with the boys' team title Nov. 12 at the VHSL State Cross-Country Championships. The Vikings placed six runners in the top 40 overall, highlighted by junior Peter Morris crossing the finish line first in 15 minutes, 14 seconds.

Volleyball: Regional playoffs scoreboard

The Briar Woods Falcons (5A North) and the Loudoun County Raiders (4A West) each won regional volleyball tournament championship matches Saturday night. Briar Woods, Loudoun County and Tuscarora have each qualified for the VHSL state volleyball tournament.

The Briar Woods Falcons are 5A North Region volleyball champions.—Times-Mirror/Jason S. Rufner

Briar Woods wins regional crown with five-set thriller over Tuscarora

By the time they reached the fifth and deciding set of the 5A North Region championship match, the Tuscarora Huskies and Briar Woods Falcons volleyball teams had already gone at each other for two evenly-played, momentum-swinging hours Nov. 12 in Leesburg. The final stanza began as Tuscarora's gymnasium rang with imploring cheers and approving shouts from partisans on both sides.

The Briar Woods Falcons travel to Ashland on Friday to play Patrick Henry.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

Eight Loudoun football teams to kick off postseason Friday

Briar Woods, Broad Run, Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun Valley, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora will each begin play in the 2016 varsity football playoffs Friday night. Woodgrove and Dominion will have an extra week to prepare thanks to first-round byes.

Ten Loudoun teams qualify for VHSL football playoffs

Loudoun County Public Schools will be well represented in the 2016 Virginia High School League football postseason with 10 local teams qualifying. Woodgrove, Dominion, John Champe, Heritage and Loudoun Valley will compete in the 4A West Region, while Stone Bridge, Potomac Falls, Broad Run, Briar Woods and Tuscarora will compete in the 5A North Region.

Volleyball: Regional tournament brackets

Seven Loudoun teams have qualified for the regional volleyball playoffs. Freedom, Heritage and Loudoun County will play in the 4A West Region tournament, Briar Woods, Potomac Falls and Tuscarora will compete in the 5A North Region playoffs, and second-year Riverside will vie for supremacy in the 3A East Region.

Loudoun’s Varsity Volleyball Scoreboard: Nov. 3 matches

Freedom (Conference 22), Loudoun County (Conference 21-B), Riverside (Conference 28) and Tuscarora (Conference 14) each won conference volleyball tournament championships Thursday night

Volleyball takes center court Thursday

Seven Loudoun volleyball teams will play in conference tournament championship matches Thursday evening. Loudoun County will host Heritage in the Conference 21-B final, and Tuscarora hosts Potomac Falls in the Conference 14 title match. Freedom, Riverside and Woodgrove will also play for conference crowns Thursday.

VHSL football power ratings: Nov. 1

The Woodgrove Wolverines continue to rank first among 4A West Region teams in the Virginia High School League football power ratings. Overall, 10 Loudoun teams would qualify for the postseason if they playoffs started this week.

All-Conference 14 volleyball team selections

Briar Woods High School senior Logan Manusky has been selected as the Player of the Year on the 2016 All-Conference 14 volleyball team. Jill Raschiatore of Stone Bridge is the Coach of the Year. Look inside to see all the players voted onto the first or second team, along with the Conference 14 tournament bracket.

The Briar Woods Falcons are Conference 14 field hockey champions.—Times-Mirror/Michael Marzzacco

Briar Woods withstands late Potomac Falls push to win Conference 14 field hockey title

The Briar Woods Falcons and the Potomac Falls Panthers finished the first regular season in field hockey for Loudoun County Public Schools in a three-way tie with Stone Bridge for first place. The Falcons and Panthers squared off for the Conference 14 tournament title Oct. 27 at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg.

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