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Briar Woods senior Gavin Verfurth plays the ball during a boys’ soccer game versus Tuscarora. Verfuth netted the lone goal in the Falcons’ 1-0 victory.—Times-Mirror/David Manning

Briar Woods blanks Tuscarora in Conference 14 soccer showdown

Gavin Verfurth’s early second-half strike proved to be the difference April 14 in Briar Woods’ 1-0 boys' soccer victory versus host Tuscarora in Leesburg. Verfurth fired home the game’s lone goal from close range on a putback of his own saved shot in the 50th minute to give the Falcons their third straight win in Conference 14 play.

Tuscarora senior Kyle Copeland elevates toward the rim during the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge slam dunk contest.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Basketball’s big finish: Loudoun falls short versus Fairfax

The last gasp of high school basketball came April 10 at Marshall High School in Falls Church for the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge all-star hoops extravaganza. The event began with a game between standouts from Prince William and Fairfax South, followed by a 3-point and slam dunk competition and rounded off with Fairfax North battling the boys from Loudoun.

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.

Tuscarora senior Jamel Howard will play for Loudoun in the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun standouts to test hoop skills versus Fairfax

Loudoun versus Fairfax, round three. For a third consecutive year, top senior basketball players from Loudoun and Fairfax public high schools will square off April 10 as part of the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge.

VHSL Group 5A All-State basketball teams

Four Loudoun players were selected on the second team of the VHSL Group 5A All-State basketball squad. Briar Woods senior Lucas Martin and Tuscarora senior Kyle Copeland in boys, and Broad Run senior Mariah Leonard and Tuscarora senior Chloe Roach on the girls' side.

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.

Tuscarora baseball heats up during spring break

The Tuscarora Huskies made the most of their trip to Myrtle Beach during spring break. The Huskies won all three of their games by a combined score of 32-7 to move to 4-0 on the season.

VHSL Group 5A/4A state basketball tournament scores

John Champe High School rolled past Eastern View 85-61 in the VHSL Group 4A state boys' basketball quarterfinals Friday night to earn a spot in the state semifinals. Loudoun Valley (boys, girls), Potomac Falls (boys) and Tuscarora (girls) each lost in the 5A or 4A state quarterfinals.

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.

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