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Briar Woods senior Ben Maffe runs into a group of Tuscarora defenders during a season-opening match-up between the Group 5A schools Aug. 26. Maffe scored the first touchdown in the Falcons’ 21-0 victory.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

Falcons fly high: Briar Woods shuts out Tuscarora

The Briar Woods Falcons unleashed a smothering defense and emerging ground game to defeat the Tuscarora Huskies, 21-0, at home Aug. 26 in Brambleton, marking the start of what’s sure to be an intense and competitive 2016 varsity football season in Loudoun County. The Falcons avenged last year’s season-opening loss to the Huskies utilizing a strong mix of running, passing and trickery.

2016 Briar Woods Falcons football preview

For the Briar Woods football program, this season is about a change in culture, a change in leadership and, the Falcons hope, a change in results. History suggests the results can be excellent. Briar Woods won three straight state championships from 2010 to 2012 and reached the Virginia 5A title game in 2013. More recently, however, is last year's excruciating 3-8 campaign, with three Falcon losses coming by a touchdown or less.

Briar Woods midfielder/forward Hannah Hooper netted the lone goal in the Falcons’ 1-0 victory versus host Rock Ridge on Aug. 22 in Ashburn.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Varsity field hockey hits ground running

On Aug. 22, the sports pantheon of Loudoun County grew by one. For this new sport's players and coaches, the first games of public high school varsity field hockey were a long time coming. Freshly painted boundary lines graced the field of Ashburn's Rock Ridge High School, the site of two Opening Night showdowns. New goalie nets, seven feet tall and 12 feet wide, sat at both ends.

The Potomac Falls Panthers travel to Ashburn to face the Broad Run Spartans in both teams’ season opener.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

2016 Varsity Football Schedule

The wait is nearly over as the opening night of the 2016 varsity football season is less than six weeks away. Regular season play kicks off Aug. 26 with 14 of Loudoun's 15 public high schools in action. Week 1 features four games pitting Loudoun teams versus each other. John Champe hosts Woodgrove, Riverside hosts Rock Ridge, Briar Woods hosts Tuscarora and Broad Run plays host to Potomac Falls.

Cam Serigne is receiving preseason accolades as he prepares for his redshirt junior season at Wake Forest.—Photo Courtesy/Wake Forest athletics

Former Briar Woods standout Cam Serigne among nation’s top college tight ends

Briar Woods High School graduate Cam Serigne, a redshirt junior at Wake Forest, has been named to the John Mackey Award preseason watch list. Serigne is one of 45 named to the watch list for the award that goes to the most outstanding collegiate tight end.
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VHSL Group 5A All-State lacrosse teams

Sydney Knego of Potomac Falls is the Player of the Year on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State girls' lacrosse team. Scott Mitchell of Stone Bridge and Jim Birks of Potomac Falls were selected as Coaches of the Year on the boys' and girls' teams.

VHSL Group 5A All-State baseball team

Briar Woods third baseman Nathan Davis has earned first-team honors on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State baseball team. Lawton Riggs and Dave Mocabee of Stone Bridge, and Michael Ludowig of Briar Woods received second-team honors.

VHSL Group 5A All-State soccer teams

Briar Woods, Broad Run, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora high schools are each represented on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State boys' and girls' soccer teams.

Briar Woods players, from left, Matthew Harris, Kyle Vincent and Kyle Duffie rejoice after Duffie scored in overtime to lift the Falcons to their first state boys’ lacrosse championship.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Virginia 5A boys lacrosse final: Briar Woods soars to thrilling win

As you would expect, Briar Woods junior goalie Will Juneau was "mad" after Atlee scored twice in the final two-plus minutes of regulation to force overtime in the Virginia 5A state boys' lacrosse championship game June 11 at Lake Braddock High School. Undaunted, the Falcons once again responded with flying colors when it mattered most.

Senior attacker Kyle Duffie, right, rejoices after scoring in overtime to lift Briar Woods to its first Virginia 5A state boys’ lacrosse championship.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Super Saturday: Seven Loudoun teams hoist state championship trophies

Saturday proved to be a day to remember for many local varsity athletes. A total of seven Loudoun teams claimed Virginia High School League state championships. Area teams combined to win four lacrosse titles, two soccer crowns and a softball championship.

Junior midfielder Tori Birks and the Potomac Falls Panthers will play Saturday for the Virginia 5A state girls’ lacrosse championship.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Eight Loudoun varsity teams to play for state championships Saturday

Another outstanding spring season for Loudoun County Public Schools varsity teams will culminate Saturday with eight squads vying for state supremacy. Briar Woods (5A boys lacrosse), Dominion (4A boys lacrosse), Loudoun County (4A girls soccer), Park View (4A boys soccer), Potomac Falls (5A girls lacrosse), Tuscarora (5A girls soccer) and Woodgrove (4A girls lacrosse and softball) will each play in state championship games.

The Briar Woods Falcons are headed to the VHSL 5A state championship game.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Briar Woods eyes first state lacrosse title

The team that wasn’t supposed to make it has made it. The Briar Woods boys’ lacrosse team is one win away from achieving something that some would have considered unlikely just a few days ago. After upsetting 5A South Region champion Patrick Henry-Roanoke 9-7 in the state semifinals, Briar Woods now will face Atlee on Saturday for the Virginia 5A state championship.

Four Loudoun lacrosse teams punch tickets for state finals

Briar Woods boys and Potomac Falls girls advanced to VHSL 5A state championship games, while Dominion boys and Woodgrove girls claimed spots in the VHSL 4A state finals following state semifinal victories Tuesday night.

VHSL Group 5A state track and field meet results

Stone Bridge High School totaled 26 points to place seventh among Group 5A schools in the boys' standings at the VHSL track and field championships. Bethel won the boys' title and Nansemond River claimed the girls' crown with a meet-best 139 points June 3-4 at Todd Stadium in Newport News.

All-Conference 14 softball team

Seniors Grace Wild of Potomac Falls and Meghan McCormack of Broad Run have been selected as Co-Players of the Year on the 2016 Conference 14 softball team. Coach of the Year honors go to Broad Run's Ed Steele. Briar Woods, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora are also represented.

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