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Cameron Eck and the Leesburg Rangers are back in the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Region Baseball Tournament as the host team.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Mid-Atlantic’s best coming to Loudoun for American Legion tournament

The well-manicured diamond of Purcellville's Fireman's Field is about to become a stepping stone. Eight teams of ambitious young men from six states will soon descend upon Loudoun's iconic baseball grounds for the American Legion's Mid-Atlantic Baseball Tournament - and the shot at the World Series it offers.

Erin Kelly enjoyed a strong close to her summer season with Special Forces Track Club.—Courtesy Photo

Kelly makes her mark on track

Special Forces Track Club standout Erin Kelly raced to several medal-winning finishes in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters during a two-week stretch. Kelly, 13, completed her season with All-American status for a second consecutive year.

The Purcellville Cannons will host the Strasburg Express in game two of their best-of-three playoff series July 30.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Updated: Purcellville Cannons are playoff bound

Thanks to a strong close to the regular season, the Purcellville Cannons have secured a spot in the Valley Baseball League playoffs. The Cannons earned the No. 4 seed in the North Division and will square off against No. 1 seed and reigning VBL champion Strasburg.

Area teams playing in youth soccer championships

Three Loudoun based teams are competing in the 2016 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships this week in Texas. Loudoun 98B Red, Loudoun 99B Red and FCV Ashburn Elite 01 are vying for national supremacy in separate boys' age divisions.

Post 2001 Ashburn Knights are American Legion 15th and 16th District League champions.—Times-Mirror/Bill Clare

Post 2001 Ashburn wins American Legion district tournament title

With a five-run outburst in the third followed by four more in the sixth, the Ashburn Knights of Post 2001 knocked off defending District 16 champ Post 21 Winchester 11-7 to win the American Legion District 16 tournament July 23 at Stone Bridge High School.

Senior Olympics holding registration for 2016 event

Registration is underway for the 2016 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, set for Sept. 10-21 at 25 venues throughout Northern Virginia.

Check out Patrick Szabo and his racecar at the Loudoun County Fair

Local NASCAR driver Patrick Szabo will make a two-day appearance at the Loudoun County Fair in Leesburg this week. Fair attendees can see Szabo and his racecar on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the start of the demolition derby at 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Golf Classic to benefit Tuscarora baseball

The 2016 Husky Baseball Golf Classic is Aug. 8 at River Creek Golf Club in Leesburg. Registration is open to individuals and foursomes and sponsorships are available.

Bruce McBarnette

McBarnette jumps to another gold medal

Bruce McBarnette is once again a USA Track and Field Masters Championships gold medalist. McBarnette, 58, of Sterling, cleared 5-feet, 7-inches in the high jump to strike gold for men ages 55-plus July 15 at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. A member of the Potomac Valley Track Club, McBarnette has now won 33 USA Masters championships to go with 12 World Masters championships.

Tryouts and Announcements: July 22 listings

Registration is open through Aug. 10 for Loudoun Youth Volleyball’s fall 2016 season. Look inside for more details, along with basketball, softball, soccer, football, field hockey and track listings.

Dr. Chazzy Morris

Morris to coach Broad Run girls’ basketball

Broad Run High School has hired Dr. Chazzy Morris as head coach of its varsity girls' basketball program. Morris served as head coach at Oakcrest School since 2011. She takes the reins from Derrick Jenkins, who stepped down from the position due to medical issues.

American Legion baseball: Post 2001 Ashburn powers past Post 72 Warrenton

The Post 2001 Ashburn Knights have been able to rely on their bats throughout this season, even when games were not close. On Wednesday, the bats saved them. The No 1 seed Knights defeated Post 72 Warrenton 13-10 at Tuscarora High School to move on to the winner’s bracket semifinals.

American Legion baseball: Post 21 Winchester edges Post 34 Leesburg

Starting pitcher Cameron Eck and and the rest of the Post 34 Leesburg Rangers started jogging off the field in celebration. The Rangers thought they had just escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam by turning a double play to keep its deficit at 1-0. Not so fast.

Loudoun Valley High School graduate Drew Hunter has signed a professional contract with Adidas.—Photo Courtesy/Photorun.net

Purcellville track phenom Drew Hunter to run as a pro

It wasn't four weeks after Drew Hunter graduated from Loudoun Valley High School that the young man found himself a good job. It's a job doing something Hunter genuinely enjoys, something at which he's among the best in his class and perhaps someday the world. And when he gets his college education, his job will foot the bill.

Will Reed, a Loudoun Valley High School alum, has been dominant in his relief role for the Purcellville Cannons throughout the 2016 season.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Big crowds boost Cannons in first season in Purcellville

The Purcellville Cannons Collegiate Baseball Club's move from Charles Town, W.Va. to Loudoun County for the 2016 Valley Baseball League season has proved to be an instant hit. Playing their home games at picturesque Fireman's Field in Purcellville, the Cannons are among the league leaders in attendance with an average draw of 650 spectators per home date.

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