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    The Tuscarora Huskies perform during the first round of the VHSL Competition Cheer Championships Nov. 9 in Richmond. The Huskies - coached by Meg Upp - advanced to the 5A finals where they finished second in the state.—Times-Mirror Photo/James Haskins

    Tuscarora cheers to runner-up finish at VHSL Championships
    Tue., Nov. 12 | 03:18 PM - Tuscarora and Stone Bridge high schools both advanced to the finals of the Virginia High School League Competition Cheer Championships Nov. 9 at the Siegel Center in Richmond.

    The Stone Bridge Bulldogs continued their stellar season by winning the 5A North Region championship Nov. 2.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Beverly Denny

    Four Loudoun squads qualify for state cheer meet
    Wed., Nov. 6 | 12:52 PM - The Stone Bridge Bulldogs are headed to the Virginia High School League Cheer Championships following their winning routine at the 5A North Region meet. Briar Woods, Dominion and Tuscarora also qualified for the state competition with top four finishes at regionals.
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    Ayden Sengphiehl poses with his Woodgrove High School competition cheer teammates Oct. 23 at the Conference 21 meet. Sengphiehl is the Wolverines’ first male cheerleader.—Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser

    Purcellville teen trades football for competitive cheer
    Wed., Oct. 30 | 05:40 AM - Ayden Sengphiehl wanted to try something different. He had played a few years of competitive football, including a season on the freshmen team at Woodgrove High School.
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    The Loudoun County Raiders are jubilant following their runner-up finish Oct. 23 at the Conference 21 Cheer Championships.—Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser

    Conference 21 Competition Cheer results
    Fri., Oct. 25 | 03:30 PM - Sherando High School edged Loudoun County by 2.5 points for the team title at the 4A Conference 21 Competition Cheer meet Oct. 23 at Park View High School in Sterling.
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    Conference 14 Competition Cheer results
    Fri., Oct. 25 | 01:15 PM - Stone Bridge High School won the team championship at the 5A Conference 14 Competition Cheer meet, contested among six Loudoun schools Oct. 24 at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn.
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    Stone Bridge High School cheerleaders Mary DiSilvestre, left, and Faith Stackpole embrace after learning the Bulldogs had won the Loudoun County Public Schools Cheer Championships. Alexa Ferrara is pictured to the right.—Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny

    Motivated Bulldogs steal the show at LCPS Cheer Championships
    Tue., Oct. 15 | 07:00 PM - After placing second just four days earlier as the host school at the Cheers Sports Spirit Bowl, the Stone Bridge High School competition cheerleading squad came into the Loudoun County Public Schools Cheer Championships with a chip on its shoulder.

    The Broad Run Spartans are off to a great start in the 2013 competition cheer season.—Courtesy Photo

    Broad Run claims title at Cheer Sports Spirit Bowl
    Tue., Oct. 8 | 11:25 AM - Broad Run High School's competition cheer team placed first at the Cheer Sports Spirit Bowl, contested Oct. 5 at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn.
    Loudoun Valley to host Spiritfest cheer competition Saturday
    Fri., Sep. 27 | 05:25 AM - Loudoun Valley High School will host nine competitive cheer teams for Spiritfest on Sept. 28. The processional starts at 1:30 p.m. with the first team performing at 2:10 p.m.
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    The Briar Woods Falcons claimed their fourth straight championship at the Virginia AA state competition cheer meet Nov. 10 in Richmond.—Courtesy Photo

    Four cheers for Briar Woods: Falcons are state champs once again
    Tue., Nov. 13 | 02:21 PM - The Briar Woods Falcons competition cheer squad won their fourth consecutive Virginia AA state championship Nov. 10 at the Siegel Center in Richmond. The Falcons scored 279 points in the finals to edge runner-up Grafton by two points for the title.
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    The Briar Woods Falcons competition cheer squad rejoices after winning their fourth consecutive Region II championship Nov. 3 in Aldie. Briar Woods, Tuscarora, Stone Bridge and Broad Run have all qualified for the VHSL state competition Nov. 10 in Richmond.—Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser

    Falcons soar to another Region II championship
    Tue., Nov. 6 | 02:39 PM - For the seniors of the Briar Woods High School competition cheer team, winning is just what they do. After winning the state title three years in a row, from 2009 to 2011, the Falcons were shocked when they finished runner-up to Tuscarora for the Dulles District regular-season title.
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    The Briar Woods Falcons competitive cheer team poses with their championship trophy after winning the Dulles District meet title for a fourth straight year Oct. 24 in Ashburn.—Photo Courtesy/Dan Sousa, VivaLoudoun.com

    Briar Woods claims fourth straight crown at Dulles cheer meet
    Thu., Oct. 25 | 10:18 AM - Briar Woods High School's competitive cheer squad is aiming for a fourth consecutive Virginia AA state championship this fall. The Falcons took a step in that direction Oct. 24, claiming their fourth straight Dulles District meet title in front of their home fans in Ashburn.
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    The Broad Run Spartans are 2012 Cedar Run District competitive cheer champions.—Courtesy Photo

    Broad Run wins Cedar Run District cheer title
    Mon., Oct. 22 | 02:44 PM - Broad Run High School’s competitive cheer squad claimed the AAA Cedar Run District championship with a deduction-free performance Oct. 17 at Osbourn High School in Manassas.
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    Tuscarora High School’s competitive cheer team poses with their trophy after placing first at the Cheers Sports Spirit Bowl, hosted by Stone Bridge on Sept. 29. -Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser

    Tuscarora cheers to first title at Spirit Bowl
    Tue., Oct. 2 | 01:54 PM - Tuscarora High School's competitive cheer squad delivered a deduction-free performance Sept. 29 at the Cheers Sports Spirit Bowl to earn their first-ever team title in the program's third season.
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    Cheerleaders perform during a previous Spirit Explosion show hosted by the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. This year’s Spirit Explosion halftime show is set for Oct. 7.—Photo Courtesy/Redskins Team Photographer, Ned Dishman

    Registration open for Spirit Explosion halftime show
    Thu., Sep. 13 | 06:04 AM - The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders have opened registration for the Spirit Explosion halftime show. The event will take place during the Redskins vs. Falcons game Oct. 7 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
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    Senior Ashley Grant proudly holds up the championship trophy as teammates look on with delight after Briar Woods won its third consecutive VHSL Group AA state competitive cheer championship Nov. 12 in Richmond.—Times-Mirror Photo/Kyle LaFerriere

    Briar Woods cheers to state trifecta
    Tue., Nov. 15 | 05:16 PM - The Briar Woods Falcons won their third consecutive Virginia AA state competitive cheer championship Nov. 12 at the Siegel Center in Richmond. Briar Woods became the first program in Virginia High School League history to win the state title in the same classification for three straight years.
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    Stone Bridge cheer team going back to states
    Tue., Nov. 8 | 10:14 AM - Stone Bridge High School punched its ticket for the Virginia AAA competitive cheer championships for a 10th straight year following a runner-up performance at the Northern Region cheer finals Nov. 5 in Fairfax.
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    Briar Woods High School competition cheer team coaches and athletes pose after the Falcons claimed their third straight Region II championship Nov. 5.—Photo Courtesy/Rachel Mason

    Briar Woods wins Region II competitive cheer title
    Mon., Nov. 7 | 11:05 AM - The Briar Woods Falcons soared to their third consecutive Region II competitive cheer championship Nov. 5 at Powhatan High School.
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    Briar Woods teammates, from left, Mckinna Pace, Ashley Grant, Brigham Shellenberger and Jenna Rajala rejoice after learning the Falcons had finished first in the AA Dulles District competition cheer meet Oct. 19 at home.—Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Carl Lukat

    Briar Woods cheers to Dulles three-peat (photo gallery)
    Fri., Oct. 21 | 03:12 PM - Briar Woods High School's competition cheer team members moved toward the performance mat at the AA Dulles District meet with a bounce to their step and a confident look in their eyes.
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    Woodgrove High School’s competitive cheer squad has placed fourth in each of its first two competitions of the 2011 season. The Wolverines will host a Dulles District mini cheer meet Oct. 4 and will conduct a Cheer Clinic Fundraiser Oct. 10.—Photo Courtesy/Rhonda Becker

    Woodgrove to hold cheer clinic fundraiser on Columbus Day
    Sun., Oct. 2 | 08:56 AM - Woodgrove High School will conduct a Cheer Clinic Fundraiser for beginners to advance cheerleaders in kindergarten through eighth grade on Columbus Day, Oct. 10, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Purcellville Skating Rink.
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    Loudoun residents Valerie Rubenstein and Brittany Burkhard were part of a 36-member Maryland Twisters team that won the gold medal at the 2011 Worlds Cheerleading Championships.—Photos Courtesy/Lu Ann Rubenstein

    Loudoun pair help Twisters win Worlds Cheer title
    Sun., Jun. 26 | 01:06 PM - The Maryland Twisters F5 won the gold medal at the 2011 Worlds Cheerleading Championships this spring in Orlando, Fla. The F5 team is comprised of 36 girls, including Loudoun residents Valerie Rubenstein and Brittany Burkhard.

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