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Potomac Falls sophomore Ian Anderson works to put up a shot with Briar Woods junior Cam Timmons defending.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Potomac Falls pulls away from Briar Woods in second half

Trailing host Briar Woods by as many as six points in the first quarter, Potomac Falls used a 9-4 run to close the first half to take a one-point lead into the locker room. That momentum continued in the second half as the Panthers pulled away for an 83-65 victory Friday night in Ashburn. Potomac Falls (7-6) outscored Briar Woods 46-29 in the second half to even its Conference 14 record.

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.

Ashley Wilkins of Rock Ridge performs her vault routine. Wilkins finished second in the all-around to help the Phoenix place second as a team.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Patriots, Wolverines rise to top at Glory Days Gymnastics Invitational

For more than a decade, the Park View Glory Days Gymnastics Invitational has served as a mid-season barometer for high school gymnasts around Loudoun and throughout Virginia, testing their skills against the sort of competition they'll see in the postseason, a few weeks hence. For the first time in almost a decade, the host Patriots laid claim to a first-place trophy - placing atop the Blue division.

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.

VHSL Group 5A All-State volleyball team selections

Potomac Falls senior Kylie Thomas, Stone Bridge senior Ryley Gill and Tuscarora senior Vanessa Marinelli each earned first-team recognition on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State volleyball team.

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.

VHSL Group 5A All-State football team selections

Briar Woods, Broad Run, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora high schools are represented on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State football team. Highland Springs senior Juwan Carter (offense) and L.C. Bird senior Rayshard Ashby (defense) were selected as Players of the Year.

Coach Paul Barnes and his Potomac Falls Panthers will face top seed Massaponax in the 5A North Region semifinals.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Four Loudoun football teams to play in regional semifinal games

Four of the eight teams playing in 5A North or 4A West regional semifinal football games this weekend hail from Loudoun County. Woodgrove will host Dominion in a 4A West semifinal match-up, while Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge will each hit the road for 5A North semifinal games.

Stone Bridge junior Tyrese Johnson secures a reception with Broad Run senior Travis Hugg trying to jar the ball loose. Johnson caught a pair of first-half touchdown passes in a 28-7 victory.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun Varsity Football: Regional quarterfinal round game stats

Dominion, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Woodgrove high schools each won regional quarterfinal games Friday evening by double-digit margins to secure spots in the regional semifinals. Woodgrove will host Dominion in a 4A West Region semifinal next weekend, while Potomac Falls plays at Massaponax and Stone Bridge is at Brooke Point in the 5A North Region semifinals.

Regional football playoffs: Quarterfinal round scores

Four Loudoun teams punched their tickets for the semifinal round of the regional football playoffs with quarterfinal victories Friday night. Woodgrove and Dominion advanced in the 4A West Region, and Stone Bridge and Potomac Falls advanced in the 5A North Region.

The Loudoun Valley Vikings are once again state cross-country champions, winning the Group 4A boys’ title.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Morris, Vikings lead pack at VHSL State Cross-Country Championships

The Loudoun Valley Vikings ran away with the boys' team title Nov. 12 at the VHSL State Cross-Country Championships. The Vikings placed six runners in the top 40 overall, highlighted by junior Peter Morris crossing the finish line first in 15 minutes, 14 seconds.

Volleyball: Regional playoffs scoreboard

The Briar Woods Falcons (5A North) and the Loudoun County Raiders (4A West) each won regional volleyball tournament championship matches Saturday night. Briar Woods, Loudoun County and Tuscarora have each qualified for the VHSL state volleyball tournament.

With plenty of American flags on hand for Veterans Day, host Potomac Falls defeated Orange County, 28-7, in the first round of the 5A North Region playoffs Friday night in Sterling.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Potomac Falls powers past Orange County

The Potomac Falls Panthers overcame a slow start by scoring 28 unanswered points to defeat Orange County, 28-7, in the first round of the 5A North Region playoffs. Senior Kash Jackson led the Panthers offensively with 112 rushing yards and three touchdowns. After local military members were recognized on Veterans Day, both teams were ready to up the ante now that the postseason has begun. This was the second playoff game that Potomac Falls has hosted.

The Briar Woods Falcons travel to Ashland on Friday to play Patrick Henry.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

Eight Loudoun football teams to kick off postseason Friday

Briar Woods, Broad Run, Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun Valley, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora will each begin play in the 2016 varsity football playoffs Friday night. Woodgrove and Dominion will have an extra week to prepare thanks to first-round byes.

Ten Loudoun teams qualify for VHSL football playoffs

Loudoun County Public Schools will be well represented in the 2016 Virginia High School League football postseason with 10 local teams qualifying. Woodgrove, Dominion, John Champe, Heritage and Loudoun Valley will compete in the 4A West Region, while Stone Bridge, Potomac Falls, Broad Run, Briar Woods and Tuscarora will compete in the 5A North Region.

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