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Stone Bridge men’s varsity 1 boat consisting of Libbie Bayfield, hunkered down on far left, and rowers Brady Pitts, Doug Benson, Thomas Lowery and Aidan Calpin practices at the Beaverdam Creek Reservoir.—Times-Mirror/David Manning

Row your boat: The sport of crew takes off in Loudoun

Any weekday morning, rise before the roosters and head out to Beaverdam Creek Reservoir off Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn. The lake's normally placid waters will be churned up and waving, as eight young people paddle madly across it, seemingly desperate to get to the other side. These young people will all be perspiring from the effort, even though their day's real work - school - is still a few hours away.

Seniors Gino Ventrice, left, and Dylan Counts stand side-by-side in the Briar Woods’ dugout to form the No. 15 in honor of Gavin Rupp.—Photo Courtesy/Don Ventrice

Briar Woods doubles up Stone Bridge in “Batter Up for Rupp” game

Gavin Rupp would have loved a night like the one April 22 at Briar Woods High School. He would have loved to have been playing alongside many of his closest friends, playing at his favorite position of shortstop donned from head to toe in a No. 15 Falcons uniform. He would have certainly loved the final result, too.

Briar Woods senior Colin Shutler will continue his soccer career at the University of Virginia.—Times-Mirror/David Manning

My brother’s a keeper: Colin Shutler to join older sibling Chris as college goalkeeper

When Colin Shutler signed a national letter of intent with the University of Virginia, he completed a matched set. Two Shutler brothers graduating from Briar Woods High School over two years; two soccer goalkeepers playing for Division I colleges. Colin is bound for Virginia while Chris Shutler is a freshman with Binghamton University.
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Loudoun Football Notebook

Briar Woods High School alums Cam Serigne (Wake Forest) and Trace McSorley (Penn State) are college standouts; four local youth leagues partner to form Loudoun Youth Football Association; Virginia High School League endorses Heads Up program; and Dulles Patriots youth organization holding early bird registration.

Ashlyn Nolan, right, of Rock Ridge competes side-by-side with Sherando’s Davina Lane in the 100-meter hurdles. Lane won the event with a finish time of 15.34 seconds and Nolan (15.50) finished second.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Rock Ridge, Valley lead Loudoun’s charge at Wolverine Track Classic

Loudoun Valley boys and Rock Ridge girls each placed third in their respective team standings at the 2016 Wolverine Track Classic. The 25-school event was contested April 15 at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville.

Briar Woods senior Gavin Verfurth plays the ball during a boys’ soccer game versus Tuscarora. Verfuth netted the lone goal in the Falcons’ 1-0 victory.—Times-Mirror/David Manning

Briar Woods blanks Tuscarora in Conference 14 soccer showdown

Gavin Verfurth’s early second-half strike proved to be the difference April 14 in Briar Woods’ 1-0 boys' soccer victory versus host Tuscarora in Leesburg. Verfurth fired home the game’s lone goal from close range on a putback of his own saved shot in the 50th minute to give the Falcons their third straight win in Conference 14 play.

Tuscarora senior Kyle Copeland elevates toward the rim during the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge slam dunk contest.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Basketball’s big finish: Loudoun falls short versus Fairfax

The last gasp of high school basketball came April 10 at Marshall High School in Falls Church for the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge all-star hoops extravaganza. The event began with a game between standouts from Prince William and Fairfax South, followed by a 3-point and slam dunk competition and rounded off with Fairfax North battling the boys from Loudoun.

Dominion sophomore Catherine Rinek works the ball in the attack zone with Broad Run senior Natalie Purcell defending during the host Titans’ 20-4 victory April 11 in Sterling. Dominion improved to 6-0 this season, with five of those victories by double-digit margins.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: April 9-12 games

Seniors Luke Giroux and Cade Groton combined for seven goals to help lead Stone Bridge to a 14-10 victory against Briar Woods April 12 in a boys' lacrosse match-up of previously undefeated teams. Look inside for scores and submitted recaps from baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis.

Tuscarora senior Jamel Howard will play for Loudoun in the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun standouts to test hoop skills versus Fairfax

Loudoun versus Fairfax, round three. For a third consecutive year, top senior basketball players from Loudoun and Fairfax public high schools will square off April 10 as part of the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge.

VHSL Group 5A All-State basketball teams

Four Loudoun players were selected on the second team of the VHSL Group 5A All-State basketball squad. Briar Woods senior Lucas Martin and Tuscarora senior Kyle Copeland in boys, and Broad Run senior Mariah Leonard and Tuscarora senior Chloe Roach on the girls' side.

Tuscarora senior Cole Gabriele earned his third pitching win of the season Tuesday versus Dominion.—File Photo

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: March 28-31 games

The varsity spring sports season is back in full stride following spring break. Look inside for scores and submitted recaps from baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis.

Junior Will Juneau produces one of several key saves he made in Briar Woods’ 10-8 comeback win versus Freedom.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Briar Woods rallies past Freedom to cap undefeated week

Varsity boys' lacrosse was for the birds March 18 in Brambleton as the homestanding Falcons of Briar Woods High School felled the Eagles of Freedom High School 10-8 in come-from-behind fashion.

Briar Woods football, from left, Takiyul Johnson, Charlie Pierce and Mekhail White.—Photo Courtesy/Chuck Moore, Random Snaps Photography

Briar Woods pair to play college football

Briar Woods High School recognized two senior student-athletes who will continue their football careers in college during a March 16 reception in the school's library.

The 2016 VHSL 5A state wrestling tournament was twice as nice for the Broad Run Spartans. From left, Jonathan Birchmeier and Brandon Steel won state championships for the Spartans.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun boasts four state wrestling champions

A pair of Broad Run Spartans, a Loudoun Valley Viking and a John Champe Knight reigned supreme in their weight divisions at the VHSL state wrestling championships. Broad Run's Brandon Steel and Jonathan Birchmeier stood atop the podium at the Group 5A championships. Loudoun Valley's Cade Kiely and John Champe's Elijah Boldin each won state crowns at the Group 4A championships.

Nine Loudoun wrestlers claim individual titles at regional tournaments

Broad Run, Freedom and Potomac Falls high schools each produced two individual champions, while Briar Woods, Loduoun Valley and Stone Bridge were each represented by one individual champion Feb. 13 at the 5A North Region or 4A West Region wrestling tournaments.

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