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Ashlyn Nolan, right, of Rock Ridge competes side-by-side with Sherando’s Davina Lane in the 100-meter hurdles. Lane won the event with a finish time of 15.34 seconds and Nolan (15.50) finished second.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Rock Ridge, Valley lead Loudoun’s charge at Wolverine Track Classic

Loudoun Valley boys and Rock Ridge girls each placed third in their respective team standings at the 2016 Wolverine Track Classic. The 25-school event was contested April 15 at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville.

Dominion sophomore Catherine Rinek works the ball in the attack zone with Broad Run senior Natalie Purcell defending during the host Titans’ 20-4 victory April 11 in Sterling. Dominion improved to 6-0 this season, with five of those victories by double-digit margins.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: April 9-12 games

Seniors Luke Giroux and Cade Groton combined for seven goals to help lead Stone Bridge to a 14-10 victory against Briar Woods April 12 in a boys' lacrosse match-up of previously undefeated teams. Look inside for scores and submitted recaps from baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis.

In diamond duel, Potomac Falls edges Dominion

The ball rocketed up the middle of the diamond, speeding toward center field as Dominion's potential tying run came motoring home. But Potomac Falls second baseman Tyler Cowden beat the ball to the spot, flagging it down with a running backhand stab. He decelerated, whirled and threw to first for the out, ending the fifth inning with the score still at 6-5.

Tuscarora senior Cole Gabriele earned his third pitching win of the season Tuesday versus Dominion.—File Photo

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: March 28-31 games

The varsity spring sports season is back in full stride following spring break. Look inside for scores and submitted recaps from baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis.

Sam Gertig runs the bases during a recent Park View High School softball practice with her teammates looking on.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Practice makes perfect as teams ready for spring season

With the start of the 2016 varsity sports spring season less than a week away, Loudoun teams and student-athletes are fine tuning their skills in preparation. Look inside for photos from recent practice sessions.

The Loudoun Valley Vikings enter the state playoffs with a 26-0 record and the top seed from the 4A West Region.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun Valley among five local teams aiming for state basketball supremacy

An undefeated record. The most wins in a single season in program history. A second-ever regional championship. The Loudoun Valley Vikings enter the Virginia High School League Group 4A state boys' basketball tournament with plenty of momentum.

Basketball: Regional tournament scoreboard

The 4A West Region and 5A North Region basketball tournaments concluded Saturday with championship and consolation games. Loudoun Valley shot past John Champe 95-74 in the 4A West boys' championship game, while Tuscarora topped Atlee 60-43 in the 5A North girls' consolation game.

The Freedom Eagles put the finishing touches on an outstanding season by placing first at the VHSL Group 5A state meet.—Photo Courtesy/Virginia High School League

Freedom, Wrighte on top at VHSL state gymnastics meet

Freedom High School enjoyed a meet to remember Feb. 19-20 at the Virginia High School League state gymnastics championships in Virginia Beach. The Eagles soared to the Group 5A team championship and sophomore Sydney Wrighte won the all-around title at the Individual Open Championships.

Tuscarora High School senior Simon Shi rejoices following his first-place swim in the 200-yard individual medley.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Burris, Shi win dual titles, lead strong Loudoun contingent at state swim meets

Heritage High School junior Michael Burris and Tuscarora senior Simon Shi each touched the wall first in a pair of races at the Virginia High School League state swim championships.

Tuscarora sophomore guard Kennedy Middleton drives to the basket during the Huskies’ 38-35 regional quarterfinal win against Massaponax.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

Five Loudoun teams secure state basketball tourney bids

John Champe boys, Loudoun Valley boys and girls, Potomac Falls boys and Tuscarora girls punched their tickets for the VHSL state basketball tournament with regional tournament victories Tuesday night. Four boys and four girls teams from each region advance to the state tournament.

The 2016 VHSL 5A state wrestling tournament was twice as nice for the Broad Run Spartans. From left, Jonathan Birchmeier and Brandon Steel won state championships for the Spartans.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun boasts four state wrestling champions

A pair of Broad Run Spartans, a Loudoun Valley Viking and a John Champe Knight reigned supreme in their weight divisions at the VHSL state wrestling championships. Broad Run's Brandon Steel and Jonathan Birchmeier stood atop the podium at the Group 5A championships. Loudoun Valley's Cade Kiely and John Champe's Elijah Boldin each won state crowns at the Group 4A championships.

In thrilling upset, Potomac Falls outlasts Tuscarora in boys’ basketball semifinal

Inside Tuscarora High School's raucous gymnasium - dubbed "The Tundra" - the fourth-seeded Potomac Falls Panthers (16-8) edged the top-seed Huskies (21-2) by the smallest of margins Feb. 19, winning 62-61 in a Conference 14 semifinal contest that wasn't decided until the very last second.

Nine Loudoun wrestlers claim individual titles at regional tournaments

Broad Run, Freedom and Potomac Falls high schools each produced two individual champions, while Briar Woods, Loduoun Valley and Stone Bridge were each represented by one individual champion Feb. 13 at the 5A North Region or 4A West Region wrestling tournaments.

Freedom’s Anna Broussard performs her floor exercise routine Feb. 10 at the regional gymnastics meet.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Regional gymnastics: Freedom Eagles soar back into states

If the gymnasium scoreboard at Park View High School displayed real-time point totals, those in attendance at the 5A North regional gymnastics championships Feb. 10 would have known they were watching a nail-biting buzzer-beater. With strong performances on their floor routines in the final rotation of the meet, the Freedom Eagles triumphed over runner-up Stafford by less than one-half of one point.

Brandon Steel of Broad Run High School works toward a pin of Tuscarora’s Collin Smith in the 182-pound final.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Broad Run claims Conference 14 wrestling crown

A balanced effort lifted Broad Run High School to the team championship at the Group 5A Conference 14 wrestling tournament Feb. 6 at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn. Tuscarora placed second in the team standings, followed by Stone Bridge, Potomac Falls and Briar Woods.

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