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Potomac Falls sophomore Ian Anderson works to put up a shot with Briar Woods junior Cam Timmons defending.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Potomac Falls pulls away from Briar Woods in second half

Trailing host Briar Woods by as many as six points in the first quarter, Potomac Falls used a 9-4 run to close the first half to take a one-point lead into the locker room. That momentum continued in the second half as the Panthers pulled away for an 83-65 victory Friday night in Ashburn. Potomac Falls (7-6) outscored Briar Woods 46-29 in the second half to even its Conference 14 record at 1-1.

Woodgrove High School gymnasts are all smiles after winning the Red division title at the Park View Glory Days Gymnastics Invitational.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: Jan. 6-12 events

The Loudoun County Raiders defeated the Riverside Rams 68-37 in varsity girls' basketball Thursday night. The Raiders have won 13 straight games and are currently 14-1 overall. Look inside for scores and submitted recaps from varsity basketball, gymnastics, swimming and wrestling.

Updated: Ten area athletes on national champion football teams

A pair of national champions were recently crowned in college football, and the rosters of both winning teams include area players. Briar Woods, Dominion, Heritage, Loudoun County and Stone Bridge high schools were each represented.

Ashley Wilkins of Rock Ridge performs her vault routine. Wilkins finished second in the all-around to help the Phoenix place second as a team.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Patriots, Wolverines rise to top at Glory Days Gymnastics Invitational

For more than a decade, the Park View Glory Days Gymnastics Invitational has served as a mid-season barometer for high school gymnasts around Loudoun and throughout Virginia, testing their skills against the sort of competition they'll see in the postseason, a few weeks hence. For the first time in almost a decade, the host Patriots laid claim to a first-place trophy - placing atop the Blue division.

JMU football goes for second national title Saturday

James Madison University will square off with Youngstown State in the NCAA Division I FCS championship game Saturday in Texas. The Dukes' roster includes eight players - Adeeb Atariwa, Justin Bethea, Ryan Horner, Lawton Riggs, Brett Siegel, Grant Westbrook, Matt Wolcott and Richard Xu - from Loudoun County.

State Champions: 13 Loudoun schools have combined to win 111 titles

Loudoun County public high schools have combined for 111 Virginia High School League state championships in team sports. Broad Run, which opened in 1969, owns the most state championships with 17.

Local pair earn All-American soccer honors for CNU

Christopher Newport University soccer players Jimmy Grace (Briar Woods) and Victoria Perry (Woodgrove) each earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-American honors in 2016.

Logan Manusky and Maria Gonzalez are joined by family, teammates and coaches at their signing ceremony.—Courtesy Photo

Briar Woods pair to play collegiate volleyball

Briar Woods High School recently held a signing ceremony for a pair of student-athletes who will continue their volleyball careers in college. Logan Manusky will play NCAA Division I volleyball at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Maria Gonzalez will take her volleyball skills to The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Nicky Scolarici of Freedom works his way toward a pin of Tuscarora’s John Hammler in the second round of the 132-pound final Dec. 17 at the LCPS wrestling championships.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Freedom earns county bragging rights on the mat

For the Eagles of Freedom High School, the road to the state tournament begins at home. With 11 top-six finishers, Freedom captured the team title at the Loudoun County Public Schools Wrestling Championships held Dec. 16-17 at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn, defending last year's countywide title which propelled five Eagles to top-six finishes in the state meet.

VHSL Group 5A All-State football team selections

Briar Woods, Broad Run, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora high schools are represented on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State football team. Highland Springs senior Juwan Carter (offense) and L.C. Bird senior Rayshard Ashby (defense) were selected as Players of the Year.

Briar Woods coach Charlie Pierce led the cheers in the team huddle following the Falcons’ 41-21 victory over Harrisonburg in the 2010 Division 4 state football championship game.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

Football: Loudoun’s history in state title games

Loudoun County high schools have played in 18 state championship games in football. Stone Bridge has advanced to the state final seven times, followed by four appearances each by Briar Woods and Park View. Briar Woods (three) and Broad Run (two) have won multiple state titles.

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.
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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.

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