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Loudoun County High School junior Collin Hughes dives into the pool at the start of a freestyle race at the Virginia 4A state swim meet.—Times-Mirror/Patrick Kane

Riverside wins state title; 10 swimmers, four relay teams reign supreme

The Riverside Rams won the girls' team championship Feb. 18 at the Virginia High School League Group 3A state swim meet in Richmond. Briar Woods earned runner-up honors in Group 5A boys and girls, and Rock Ridge girls placed second at the Group 4A meet.

Conference 21-East basketball team selections

Loudoun Valley junior Jordan Miller is the boys' Player of the Year, and Loudoun County junior Natalie Villaflor and Park View senior Christina Adlam shared girls' Player of the Year honors on the All-Conference 21-East basketball team. Sam Carpenter (boys) and Reggie Barnes (girls) of Heritage High School earned Coach of the Year honors.

Loudoun’s Varsity Scoreboard: VHSL State Championships

Riverside High School won the girls' team championship at the Virginia High School League Group 3A State Swimming Championships on Saturday in Richmond. Several Loudoun student-athletes won individual swimming, wrestling and gymnastics championships at the state level.

Rock Ridge High School’s girls’ swim team poses after winning the 4A West Region championship.—Photo Courtesy/Rock Ridge athletics

Rock Ridge swims to regional title

The Rock Ridge Phoenix continued their impressive season with a first-place finish in the girls' team standings at the 4A West Region Swim Championships, contested Feb. 11 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. Rock Ridge's girls' team racked up a meet-best 322 points to add a regional title to their Conference 21-East meet championship.

Loudoun County sophomore guard Derek McCandless prepares to go up for a shot during a Conference 21-East first-round game versus Dominion.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

MORE: Loudoun County outlasts Dominion in Conference 21-East tournament opener

Leading by double digits in the third quarter of a Conference 21-East boys' basketball first-round game Feb. 10 in Sterling, Loudoun County saw its advantage vanish when host Dominion heated up from 3-point range. Tudor Shelton and Max Mancuso drained 3-pointers on consecutive possessions early in the fourth quarter to give the Titans a 58-55 lead. That advantage grew to five before the Raiders produced a rally of their own.

Varsity basketball: Friday’s conference tournament schedule

The varsity basketball postseason tips off Friday night as tournament play begins in Conference 21-East, Conference 21-West and Conference 28. Dominion, Loudoun Valley, Park View, Riverside, Rock Ridge and Woodgrove high schools will host first-round games.

Rock Ridge’s Adam Cerow, top, controls Loudoun Valley’s Carter Bell in the 126-pound final of the Conference 21-East tournament. Cerow won by technical fall to help Rock Ridge claim the team title.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Photos: Conference 21-East wrestling tournament

The Group 4A Conference 21-East Wrestling Championships were contested Feb. 4 at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn. Host school Rock Ridge won the team title with 203.5 points. Dominion placed second with 165 points, followed by Loudoun Valley (144), Heritage (92), Loudoun County (77) and Park View (43).

The Broad Run Spartans are Group 5A Conference 14 wrestling tournament champions.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Wrestling: Conference tournament results

Varsity wrestling teams from all 15 Loudoun County public high schools competed Saturday in one of five conference tournaments. The Broad Run Spartans won the Conference 14 team title and the Rock Ridge Phoenix claimed the Conference 21-East team crown.

Loudoun Valley won the team title at the Conference 21-East gymnastics meet.—Times-Mirror/Michael Marzzacco

Loudoun Valley wins Conference 21-East gymnastics title

The Loudoun Valley Vikings delivered their best performance of the season Feb. 1 at the Conference 21-East gymnastics meet. The Vikings won the seven-team conference title by scoring a season-high 139.35 points.

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.

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.

Group 4A All-State football team selections

Dominion, Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun Valley and Woodgrove high schools are each represented on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 4A All-State football team. Dominion senior Tommy Christ garnered first-team recognition at both offensive and defensive line.

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.

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