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Loudoun Valley players and fans rejoice following the Vikings’ dramatic 64-63 victory versus John Handley in the 4A West Region boys’ basketball championship game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Miller’s late free throws lift Loudoun Valley to regional championship

The guy with the ball watched the clock tick below five seconds with his team trailing by one. That guy, Jordan Miller, the highly-regarded junior forward for the Loudoun Valley Vikings, put his head down and put the ball on the floor, the left-hander going to his right in the decisive moment of the 4A West Region championship game against the challengers from John Handley.

Loudoun County sophomore Morgann Harden rises for a layup during the 4A West Region girls’ basketball tournament championship game.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Loudoun County falls to Millbrook in 4A West girls final

With a state tournament berth already secured, the Loudoun County Raiders traveled to Winchester on Friday night seeking to add another postseason tournament title to their resume. Instead, the Raiders ran into a buzzsaw as host Millbrook led by 26 points after three quarters en route to a 64-51 victory in the 4A West Region girls' basketball championship game.

Tuscarora’s Ashley Leonard and Wakefield’s Hannah Foley vie for rebounding position during a 5A North Region girls’ basketball semifinal game Thursday in Leesburg.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

Photos: Tuscarora vs. Wakefield girls’ basketball

Wakefield outscored host Tuscarora 24-16 in the second half on its way to a 47-39 victory in a 5A North Region girls' basketball tournament semifinal game Thursday night in Leesburg. Tuscarora has already earned a spot in the state tournament for a third consecutive year based on advancing to the regional semifinals.

Potomac slips past Potomac Falls in match-up of Panthers

Two nights after outlasting Patrick Henry 63-62 in the 5A North Region boys' basketball tournament to secure a spot in the state playoffs, Potomac Falls found itself in another tight contest Thursday at home versus reigning state champion Potomac in a regional semifinal match-up of Panthers.

Tuscarora outlasted Thomas Jefferson 46-42 in the 5A North Region playoffs to earn a third consecutive trip to the state tournament.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

Loudoun’s Varsity Basketball Scoreboard: Feb. 21-22 games

Loudoun County girls and Loudoun Valley boys have punched their tickets for the championship games of the 4A West Region basketball tournament. Loudoun Valley will host Handley and Loudoun County will travel to Millbrook on Friday night. Potomac Falls boys and Tuscarora girls will each play 5A North Region semifinal games at home Thursday evening.

Loudoun County High School junior Collin Hughes dives into the pool at the start of a freestyle race at the Virginia 4A state swim meet.—Times-Mirror/Patrick Kane

Riverside wins state title; 10 swimmers, four relay teams reign supreme

The Riverside Rams won the girls' team championship Feb. 18 at the Virginia High School League Group 3A state swim meet in Richmond. Briar Woods earned runner-up honors in Group 5A boys and girls, and Rock Ridge girls placed second at the Group 4A meet.

Sydney Wrighte, shown here at the conference meet, capped a stellar junior season by winning the all-around title at the VHSL State Gymnastics Open Individual Competition.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Best in state: Freedom’s Wrighte wins all-around title

Freedom High School junior Sydney Wrighte produced another meet to remember Feb. 18 at the Virginia High School League State Gymnastics Open Individual Competition in Nokesville. Wrighte totaled 38.975 points on her four events to win the all-around championship, finishing a full point clear of the field.

Stone Bridge senior Arsam Jafaryzad, shown here on top versus Woodgrove’s Joe Candelaria during the LCPS Championships, was one of four area wrestlers to win a state championship. Jafaryzad pinned Fisher Evans of Lee-Davis in the first period of the Group 5A 152-pound championship match.—File Photo

Four area wrestlers strike state gold

A total of 15 area wrestlers placed among the top six in their weight class Feb. 17-18 at the Virginia High School League State Wrestling Championships.Broad Run's duo of Michael Battista (170 pounds) and John Birchmeier (220), along with Stone Bridge senior Arsam Jafaryzad (152) struck state gold in the Group 5A tournament. Elijah Boldin of John Champe won the 285-pound state crown at the Group 4A level.

Rock Ridge senior Nicole Fye swims to a first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle race Feb. 17 at the Virginia 4A state swimming meet in Richmond. Fye, committed to swim at Ohio State University, also won the 200 freestyle title, in addition to teaming with Gabby Zhang, Emerson Davis and Allie MacMillan to place first in the 400 freestyle relay.—Times-Mirror/Patrick Kane

Loudoun varsity athletes rack up state titles

Several student-athletes from Loudoun high schools produced impressive results at the Virginia High School League State Swimming, Wrestling and Gymnastics Championships. Ten individuals and four relay teams swam to state titles, four wrestlers struck state gold and Freedom's Sydney Wrighte was the class of the field in gymnastics. Riverside collected state gold as a girls' team at the Group 3A Swim Championships.

The Loudoun County Raiders secured a spot in the 4A West Region semifinals with a 54-48 victory over Liberty.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s Varsity Basketball Scoreboard: Feb. 20 games

Loudoun County (girls) and Loudoun Valley (boys) advanced to the 4A West Region basketball tournament semifinals following quarterfinal round victories Monday night. Briar Woods (girls) and Stone Bridge (boys) won 5A North Region first-round games Monday. Amani Rascoe became Briar Woods' career scoring leader in a 63-51 victory versus Stafford.

Conference 14 basketball team selections

Broad Run senior Anthony Cooper and Tuscarora junior Kennedy Middleton garnered Player of the Year honors on the All-Conference 14 basketball team. Jeff Hawes of Potomac Falls and Michael Newkirk of Tuscarora earned Coach of the Year honors.

Ben Mackey will continue his soccer career at Lynchburg College.—Courtesy Photo

Mackey to play soccer at Lynchburg

Loudoun County High School senior Ben Mackey has committed to play NCAA Division III soccer at Lynchburg College. Mackey will join his older brother Jon Mackey, a junior forward, on Lynchburg's roster.

Conference 21-East basketball team selections

Loudoun Valley junior Jordan Miller is the boys' Player of the Year, and Loudoun County junior Natalie Villaflor and Park View senior Christina Adlam shared girls' Player of the Year honors on the All-Conference 21-East basketball team. Sam Carpenter (boys) and Reggie Barnes (girls) of Heritage High School earned Coach of the Year honors.

Loudoun’s Varsity Scoreboard: VHSL State Championships

Riverside High School won the girls' team championship at the Virginia High School League Group 3A State Swimming Championships on Saturday in Richmond. Several Loudoun student-athletes won individual swimming, wrestling and gymnastics championships at the state level.

The Tuscarora Huskies are Conference 14 girls’ basketball tournament champions.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

MORE: With 33rd straight conference win, Tuscarora claims tournament title

As the Tuscarora Huskies girls' basketball team grouped together for postgame photos Feb. 17, posing inside their own gymnasium with their newly won Conference 14 tournament championship, head coach Michael Newkirk held three fingers in the air.

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