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The Virginia Xtreme 14U Black Elite team representing the Washington Redskins won the NFL Flag Championship Jan. 29 in Orlando.—Courtesy Photo

MORE: Virginia Xtreme reign supreme at NFL Flag Championships

Two years ago, the Virginia Xtreme Redskins defeated the Ryan Football Dolphins in the semifinals on their way to winning the NFL Flag National Championship in the ages 12 and under division. The Ryan Football Dolphins turned the tables last year - knocking off the Leesburg-based Xtreme in the semifinals before winning it all.

The SYA Wildcats 15U volleyball team.—Photo Courtesy/Michael Daniels Photography

SYA Wildcats volley to tournament title

The SYA Wildcats 15U volleyball team won the 15 Open division at the Monument City Classic, contested Jan. 14-16 at the Richmond Convention Center. The Wildcats' roster includes five players from Loudoun County High School and one player from John Champe.

Stone Bridge players Jacob Ziff, left, and Garrett Mulvihill congratulate Max Carollo following his goal against Patriot.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Strong finish propels unbeaten Stone Bridge past Patriot

If ever a final score failed to reflect how a game went, it was the 8-3 win the Stone Bridge Bulldogs earned versus Patriot Jan. 20 at the Ashburn Ice House. A four-goal outburst in the third period finally separated the Bulldogs from the Pioneers, who were held without a shot on goal for the duration of that same stanza.

The Virginia Xtreme Sports 10U football team members pose in the Washington Redskins locker room.—Courtesy Photo

Xtreme football teams going national

A pair of Virginia Xtreme Sports teams representing the Washington Redskins have earned the chance to play for a national championship in their repsective age divisions at the NFL Flag National Championship, set for Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fla.

Tryouts and Announcements: Jan. 11 listings

The Loudoun Freedom will hold tryouts in February to form girls' basketball teams for second through 11th grade. Look inside for more details.

WLVBC holds Certapalooza Day

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club recently kicked off their club season with Certapalooza Day at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville. The day included six teams, 70 players, 12 coaches and eight hours of volleyball to ensure players had the necessary certifications for the season.

The Ashburn Youth Football League Bulldogs run the ball during the Loudoun Bowl C League championship game versus the Upper Loudoun Youth Football League Bengals.—Times-Mirror/Drew Hall

Loudoun Bowl crowns four champions

A pair of teams from Central Loudoun Youth Football League and one each from Ashburn Youth Football League and Upper Loudoun Youth Football League won titles in the first annual Loudoun Bowl. The Loudoun Youth Football Alliance hosted four championship games Nov. 19 at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville.

Loudoun Bowl: Youth teams to go for football supremacy

The first annual Loudoun Bowl is set for Nov. 19 at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville. The Loudoun Youth Football Alliance - consisting of Ashburn, Central Loudoun, Lower Loudoun and Upper Loudoun youth football leagues - will host four championship games.

Youth football players perform rugby-style tackling drills during a fall practice.—Courtesy Photo

Get the head out: Rugby tackling takes hold in youth football

With a growing body of medical evidence suggesting long-term negative effects of head trauma and concussions, coaches and parents of Loudoun's young football players are actively seeking help so their kids can play the game the right way - while simultaneously protecting the growing bodies of those kids. Some believe football's solution lies in another tackle-heavy sport: rugby.
Moriah McDonald

An elite performance on the tennis court

A decade ago, Moriah McDonald received her first tennis lesson in a church cafeteria. Now, the 14-year-old from Ashburn is part of a national champion tennis team. McDonald and her DMV Elite teammates won the Advanced title at the 2016 Junior Team Tennis National Championships. The DMV Elite defeated The Racquet Club of Columbus (Ohio) 58-31 in the championship match Oct. 16 at the Cayce Tennis Center in South Carolina.

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