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Dominion High School’s volleyball team will host the third annual Military and First Responders Appreciation Night on Oct. 4 in the school gymnasium.—Courtesy Photo

Sports Briefs: Norbo moves up coaching ranks

Loudoun Valley High School alum Nate Norbo has been hired as an assistant coach for the Dartmouth College men's lacrosse program. Look inside for more on Norbo, along with Dominion volleyball to host Military and First Responders Night; Zachary Buck commits to Holy Cross baseball; and Pro wrestling coming to Leesburg.

Senior Mason Gryniuk and the Woodgrove Wolverines lead the 4A West Region in the VHSL power ratings.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

VHSL football power ratings

The Woodgrove Wolverines sit atop the 4A West Region in the Virginia High School League football power ratings. Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge are second and third in the 5A North Region. Overall, eight Loudoun teams would qualify for the postseason if the playoffs started this week. Joining Woodgrove, Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge on the right side of the playoff bubble are Broad Run, Dominion, Heritage, John Champe and Tuscarora.

Heritage coach Matt Swartz and Pride golfers Garrett Ganley and Nick Rentsch watch the action unfold at the Conference 21-B golf tournament.—Times-Mirror/Bill Clare

Heritage goes low at Conference 21-B golf tournament

The Heritage Pride continued their stellar season Sept. 22 at the Conference 21-B golf tournament. Nick Rentsch, Eli Newman, Garrett Ganley and Hayden Miller each shot rounds in the 70s on the Loudoun Golf and Country Club par 72 course in Purcellville to win the team championship. Loudoun Valley junior Ryan Hammer earned low medalist honors at the conference tourney for a second straight year.

Briar Woods sophomore Jewel Clark slammed four kills and produced two blocks Sept. 20 in a four-set victory against Stone Bridge.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: Sept. 15-20 events

Briar Woods kept its unbeaten record intact with a 19-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-22 win versus Stone Bridge in varsity volleyball Tuesday night in Ashburn. The Conference 14 showdown featured the last two Virginia 5A state champions - Stone Bridge in 2015 and Briar Woods in 2014. Look inside for submitted scores, stats and recaps from football, golf and volleyball.

Senior QB Mike Kovich and the Woodgrove Wolverines moved to 4-0 this season following a 24-14 victory against Dominion.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Woodgrove overcomes halftime deficit to defeat Dominion (photos added)

Trailing 14-10 after two quarters, the Woodgrove Wolverines regrouped at halftime and scored the game's final 14 points to earn a 24-14 hard-fought victory over the host Dominion Titans on Sept. 16 in Sterling. After struggling to contain the speed and elusiveness of Dominion quarterback Vashon McCants in the first half, Woodgrove found the defensive cohesion necessary to shut out the Titans in the second half and remain undefeated.

Riverside freshman Chloe Ramirez crossed the finish line first in the Varsity ‘B’ girls race at the Oatlands Invitational.—Times-Mirror/Bill Clare

Loudoun Valley boys run to Oatlands Invitational title

Eight races. More than 2,000 runners representing high schools from seven states. The 2016 Oatlands Invitational was once again a big hit Sept. 17 at historic Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg. The Loudoun Valley Vikings easily paced the boys' field in the Varsity 'A' race. The Vikings placed five runners in the top 45, highlighted by junior Peter Morris crossing the finish line second.

Skyline Golf Invitational results

Loudoun Valley, Woodgrove and Loudoun County occupied spots two through four in the standings at the 15-team Skyline Golf Invitational. Jefferson Forest finished 13 strokes clear of the field to win the team title Sept. 13 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal.

Potomac Falls junior Jordan Day takes a handoff from quarterback Hunter Lawall as the Panthers defeated the host Titans, 15-7, Sept. 2 in Sterling.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Potomac Falls makes early lead stand in win over Dominion (photos added)

The Potomac Falls Panthers’ pounced early on offense, then let their defense take over in a 15-7 win versus the host Dominion Titans in a Sept. 2 match-up of Sterling schools. Potomac Falls scored all 15 of its points in the first quarter and the Panther defense made the lead stand. Potomac Falls (2-0) defeated its neighborhood rival for the fourth consecutive time, once again limiting Dominion (1-1) to seven points or less.

2016 Dominion Titans football preview

Most years, a six-win output gets a football team into the postseason field. Not so for last year's Dominion Titans, whose 6-4 mark was agonizingly short of a coveted playoff ticket. The Titan football team considers the last day in November their birthday. Next birthday, Dominion's ninth-year head coach Karl Buckwalter wants his players too busy to notice.

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.

Loudoun Valley claimed the team title Aug. 12 at the Bryan Gunter Memorial Tournament for a third consecutive year.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun’s Varsity Golf Rewind: Aug. 9-15 events

The 2016 varsity golf season is already in full swing at the midway point of August. Look inside for scores and submitted updates from Dominion, Heritage, Loudoun Valley and Stone Bridge high schools.

Golf: Loudoun Valley tops Dominion in dual match

Loudoun Valley and Dominion high schools competed in a dual match Aug. 8 at Loudoun Golf and Country Club in Purcellville. Loudoun Valley produced a four-player total of 307 on the par 72 course to top Dominion by 20 strokes.

Woodgrove wins Curly Licklider Golf Invitational

The Woodgrove Wolverines shot a six-player total of 469 to win the team title at the 16th annual Curly Licklider Golf Invitational on Aug. 3 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. Dominion placed second and Loudoun Valley finished third in the 16-team tournament.

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.

VHSL Group 4A All-State lacrosse teams

Dominion senior Chris Low and Woodgrove senior Nora Bowen are Players of the Year on the Virginia High School League Group 4A boys' and girls' lacrosse teams after helping their teams win state championships in 2016.

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