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VHSL football power ratings: Oct. 19

The Woodgrove Wolverines remain atop the 4A West Region in the latest Virginia High School League football power ratings. Dominion sits fourth in 4A West, while Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge are third and fourth in the 5A North Region. Overall, 10 Loudoun teams would qualify for the postseason if the playoffs started this week.

Junior Andersen Vaughan dished 43 assists and served up three aces in Loudoun County’s win over Stone Bridge.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

In duel of champions, Raiders set Bulldogs down

They don't have to play this match at all, and certainly not this late in the season. But whenever the Loudoun County Raiders and the Stone Bridge Bulldogs - reigning state champs both - want to take the temperature of their volleyball campaigns, one of the best indicators is how well they do versus each other. Inside a modestly attended but constantly noisy gymnasium Oct. 17 in Leesburg, the homestanding Group 4A Raiders outdueled the Group 5A Bulldogs from Ashburn in four sets, 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23.

Broad Run junior Ibn Da’Wuh Earl and senior Nick Robinson rejoice following a dramatic 10-7 victory over Stone Bridge.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Magical finish lifts Broad Run past rival Stone Bridge

Meech Hembry and the host Broad Run Spartans stunned their neighborhood rival Stone Bridge with a big play when it counted most Oct. 15 in the 'Battle of the Burn'. Facing a fourth down and 11 from their own 21-yard line with a little more than a minute remaining, the Spartans slid Hembry out far right. Freshman quarterback Mitch Griffis threw a precise pass through a small opening as Hembry cut upfield. Hembry caught the ball in stride at the Broad Run 39, split two Stone Bridge defenders, and sprinted into the end zone.

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.

VHSL football power ratings

The Woodgrove Wolverines continue to sit atop the 4A West Region in the latest Virginia High School League football power ratings. Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge are second and third in the 5A North Region. Overall, nine Loudoun teams would qualify for the postseason if the playoffs started this week.

Mickey Thompson of Stone Bridge High School was recently named Washington Redskins High School Coach of the Week.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge’s Thompson earns Redskins coaching award

Mickey Thompson of Stone Bridge High School has been selected as the Washington Redskins High School Coach of the Week, presented by Inova Sports Medicine for the week of Sept. 26.

Freshman Michael Brennan led Tuscarora to the 5A North Region team title with his 1-under par round of 71.—Times-Mirror/Bill Clare

5A North Region Golf Tournament photos

The Tuscarora Huskies edged Halifax by one stroke for the team title at the 5A North Region Golf Tournament. Playing in the rain Sept. 28 at Brambelton Golf Course, freshman Michael Brennan shot 1-under par 71 to pace the Huskies and earn low medalist honors. Tuscarora finished with a four-player total of 310 at the regional tournament. Halifax shot 311 and Atlee was third with 313.

Senior Joshua Breece rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown in Stone Bridge’s 48-12 win versus West Springfield. The Bulldogs racked up nearly 500 rushing yards in the win.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge clamps down on West Springfield

At one point during Stone Bridge High School's 48-12 win over West Springfield on Friday night in Ashburn, the host Bulldogs struggled offensively. On its first two offensive possessions combined, Stone Bridge ran eight plays for 16 total yards, resulting in two turnover on downs inside their own territory. But West Springfield was unable to capitalize on either opportunity, and Stone Bridge scored touchdowns on six of its next seven drives to cruise to an easy victory.

Josi Williams delivered four service points and scooped seven digs in Loudoun County’s straight-set win versus Dominion.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s Varsity Volleyball Rewind: Sept. 22-27 matches

The Loudoun County Raiders improved to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in conference play following a 25-8, 25-9, 25-14 home victory against the Dominion Titans on Tuesday night in Leesburg. Hailey Rubino and Hannah Aycock combined for 24 kills as 10 Raiders factored in the stat sheet. Look inside for more about Loudoun County's win, along with submitted stats from Briar Woods and Stone Bridge.

Briar Woods places first at Conference 14 golf tournament

The Briar Woods Falcons shot a four-player total of 321 at 1757 Golf Club in Dulles to edge Tuscarora and Stone Bridge by one stroke for the team crown Sept. 21 at the Conference 14 golf tournament. Tuscarora freshman Michael Brennan shot a 1-under par round of 71 to claim low medalist honors.

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.

Loudoun’s Varsity Football Scoreboard: Week 4

Heritage, John Champe, Park View, Potomac Falls, Riverside, Stone Bridge and Woodgrove high schools were each victorious Friday night during the fourth week of the 2016 varsity football season. Potomac Falls and Woodgrove each moved to 4-0, while second-year Riverside earned its first-ever victory.

Stone Bridge junior Emily Hinkle, left, finds the back of the cage for a goal in a Sept. 12 game versus Loudoun Valley.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

New sport is old hat for Stone Bridge

The sport of field hockey may have just been introduced to Loudoun County's public high schools this fall, but the varsity team at Stone Bridge High School plays together like experienced veterans. Through the early going, the Bulldogs' record stands at 6-1, having cumulatively outscored those seven opponents 32-4.

Jonathan Allen is off to a stellar start in his senior season.—Photo Courtesy/University of Alabama athletics

Allen earns SEC Defensive Player of the Week award

University of Alabama senior defensive end Jonathan Allen has earned Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors following a stout performance in the Crimson Tide's 52-6 season-opening win over Southern California. The Stone Bridge High School alum recorded two sacks for a loss of 15 yards, along with four solo tackles and two pass break-ups.
Murielle Tiernan

Tiernan nets ACC Offensive Player of the Week award

Virginia Tech senior forward Murielle Tiernan has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week in women's soccer. The Stone Bridge High School alum scored three goals in two games for the Hokies.


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