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Emma Wolcott, shown here crossing the finish line first at the 2015 Virginia 5A state championship meet, completed the Oatlands Plantation course in 18 minutes, 40 seconds Oct. 26 to help Tuscarora claim the Conference 14 crown.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Cross-country: Six Loudoun teams race to conference meet titles

Riverside (Conference 28 boys), Tuscarora (Conference 14 boys and girls), Freedom (Conference 22 boys), Loudoun Valley (Conference 21-B boys) and Loudoun County (Conference 21-B girls) raced to team titles Oct. 26 at their respective cross-country conference meets. Derek Johnson and Emma Wolcott of Tuscarora, Bethany Graham of John Champe, Peter Morris of Loudoun Valley and Kathryn Harris of Rock Ridge each placed first in their respective races.

Skylar Sload of Briar Woods High School produced a two-day total of 166 at the VHSL Girls Golf Open Championship.—File Photo/Bill Clare

Three area golfers place in top 20 at Girls Open Championship

Ashley Nguyen of Freedom High School and Skylar Sload of Briar Woods tied for 17th place with matching two-day totals of 166 at the 2016 VHSL Girls Golf Open Championship. Abby Bloom of Stone Bridge finished 20th in the tournament, contested Oct. 24-25 at International Country Club in Fairfax. Danielle Suh of Westfield paced the field with an overall score of 157. Suh shot 78 on day one and 79 on day two. Erica Whitehouse of Atlee finished one shot behind in second place.

Seven local golfers to play in VHSL Girls Open Championship

Skylar Sload (Briar Woods), Shreya Ganta (Riverside), Abby Bloom (Stone Bridge), Sydney Lanham (Loudoun County), Hannah Jonely (Broad Run), Ashley Nguyen (Freedom) and Lauren Chang (Tuscarora) have qualified to compete in the Virginia High School League Girls State Golf Open Championship. The two-day tournament is set for Oct. 24-25 at International Country Club in Fairfax.

The Briar Woods Falcons earned local bragging rights following their first-place performance at the LCPS Cheer Championships.—Courtesy Photo

Briar Woods claims top spot at LCPS Cheer Championships

The gymnasium inside Park View High School in Sterling was the place to be Wednesday night for competition cheer fans as enthusiastic cheers bounced between supporters in the stands and the stars of the show, the varsity cheerleaders. Each cheer team rumbled, danced, chanted and produced pyramids as part of the 2016 Loudoun County Public Schools Cheer Championships.

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.

Freedom posts another shutout in 14-0 win over Park View

Another game, another shutout. After producing the first-ever shutout in program history in a season-opening win, the Freedom Eagles held the Park View Patriots off the scoreboard in a 14-0 victory Sept. 9 at Eric J. Olsen Memorial Stadium in South Riding.

2016 Freedom Eagles football preview

Sean Curry's first season as head coach at Freedom was about the "little victories." One of those surfaced in a lopsided loss to a Woodgrove team that featured more seniors than Freedom had players in uniform for the game. Freedom produced an eight-minute drive in the game, a little victory for a building team. There was also actual victories in 2015 as the Eagles set a program record with four wins.

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.

Recent Freedom High School graduate Zachary Collins will join his older sister Arnelle, also a Freedom alum, in playing college basketball.—Courtesy Photo

Collins signs to play basketball at Wheeling Jesuit

Freedom High School class of 2016 graduate Zachary Collins signed a national letter of intent May 31 to attend and play basketball at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. Collins, joined by his family, becomes the first boys' basketball player from Freedom to receive a scholarship and holds several program records.

Participation continues to grow for the annual youth wrestling camp at Freedom High School.—Courtesy Photo

Wrestling camp aims to build passion for the sport

In the heat of summer and in the middle of camp season, thoughts of baseball, football, basketball and many other sports creep into people’s minds. For nearly a decade, Freedom High School has hosted a camp for youth wrestlers across Loudoun County.

VHSL Group 4A All-State soccer teams

Loudoun County High School junior forward Allyson Brown in the Player of the Year on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 4A girls' soccer team. Arturo Jimenez of Park View and Kirk Smith of Loudoun County were selected as Coaches of the Year on the boys' and girls' teams.

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.

Loudoun Valley senior Drew Hunter paced the field in both the 800-meter and 3,200-meter runs at the Group 4A state meet.—File Photo

Viking boys place second; four Loudoun athletes run, jump to state titles

Loudoun Valley High School standout Drew Hunter ran to a pair of titles, while Weini Kelati of Heritage, Lauryn Helstrom of Park View and Mikajah Hayes of Rock Ridge each topped the podium in one event at the VHSL 4A state track and field championships.

The Dominion Titans are 4A North Region boys’ lacrosse champions.—Times-Mirror/Andrew Gillis

Dominion overcomes Freedom’s strong challenge to net regional title

The heavyweight champ was in a corner. With Freedom holding a halftime lead against unbeaten Dominion, the Eagles had the favorites on the ropes. Then the Titans swung back. And again. And again. Aided by six third-quarter goals, Dominion defeated Freedom 13-9 to earn the 4A North Region boys' lacrosse championship Thursday night.

All-Conference 22 soccer teams

John Champe High School junior midfielder Blair Thompson is the Player of the Year on the Conference 22 girls' soccer team. Dave Madlin of John Champe earned Coach of the Year honors. Freedom and John Champe are well represented on the boys' and girls' teams.


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