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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.

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.

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.

Briar Woods High School volleyball players rejoice following the Falcons’ five-set victory over the Loudoun County Raiders.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Briar Woods goes distance to earn first-ever win over Loudoun County

History was made Sept. 6 when the Briar Woods Falcons defeated the Loudoun County Raiders for the first time ever in varsity volleyball. It almost wasn't. The Group 5A Conference 14 Falcons (6-0) earned a five-set win over the Group 4A Conference 21-B Raiders (2-1), 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 14-25, 16-14.

2016 Loudoun County Raiders football preview

For the third time in three seasons this fall, the Loudoun County Raiders will have a new head coach guiding the program. Fortunately, Tony Rayburn shouldn’t have too much trouble adjusting. After 26 years at Handley High School in Winchester, including the past 14 as its head coach, Rayburn took over as the Raiders head coach in February knowing full well what his new job would entail.

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.

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.

From youth to club to high school and soon to be college, Liz Lazzaro and Hannah McShea have and will continue to spend a lot of time together on and off the soccer field.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

A special bond: McShea, Lazzaro are lifelong soccer teammates

Hannah McShea and Liz Lazzaro aren't actually each other's sisters. They just really act like it. The two recent Loudoun County High School alumnae have known each other since age 6, been teammates since age 12 and friends since becoming teammates.
Stephanie Garcia

Garcia moves closer to 2016 Olympics bid in steeplechase

Broad Run High School alum Stephanie Garcia took her first step toward qualifying for the United States Olympic team when she placed second in her preliminary heat of the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase July 4 at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

VHSL Group 4A All-State baseball team

Loudoun Valley senior catcher Hunter Gore and Loudoun County sophomore utility Will Schroeder garnered first-team honors on the Virginia High School League Group 4A All-State baseball team. Woodgrove's Austin Rader and Loudoun Valley's Kurtis Meyer and Logan Cooper were each selected on the second team.

Loudoun County High School grad Billy Hurley III earned his first career PGA Tour win Sunday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.—Photo Courtesy/J.D. Cuban, Tiger Woods Foundation

Leesburg native Billy Hurley breaks through for first PGA Tour win

"It's been a hard year, it's been a really hard year. So it's nice to have something go well," an emotional Billy Hurley III told CBS golf analyst Peter Kostis on the 18th green at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Hurley, 34, had just put the finishing touches on his first PGA Tour win - a three-shot victory June 26 at the 2016 Quicken Loans National.

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.

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