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Bruce McBarnette cleared 5 feet, 9 inches in the high jump at the 2018 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships.—Photo Courtesy, Rob D’Avellar

Another golden jump for McBarnette

Sterling resident Bruce McBarnette produced the best high jump for men ages 60-64 at the 2018 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 17 at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Maryland. McBarnette's top jump of 5 feet, 9 inches (1.76 meters) also set a world record for men ages 60-plus.

Loudoun County sophomore Alex Gonzalex, left, vies for the ball with Tuscarora junior Luis Polo during a varsity soccer game March 15 in Leesburg.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

IN PHOTOS: Tuscarora shuts out Loudoun County in boys’ soccer

The Tuscarora Huskies shined in their 2018 season opener Thursday night, shutting out the visiting Loudoun County Raiders 3-0 at Fortune Field in Leesburg. Both teams return to action Monday, with Tuscarora heading to South Riding to play Freedom and Loudoun County hosting Osbourn Park.

Axel Arias will hone his skills training with players and coaches from the Premiership Rugby League in England.—Courtesy Photo

Arias takes rugby to next level

Axel Arias, a junior at Rock Ridge High School, has been selected to spend a week training with players and coaches from the Premiership Rugby League in England. One of 10 boys from the United States selected to participate, Arias will depart March 18 for England. “When I found out I was chosen I was in disbelief," Arias said. "I’m so excited to be a part of this."

John Champe senior attack Jordan Stemberger prepares to scoop a ground ball during the Knights’ season-opening win against Brentsville District.—Photo Courtesy/Mike Donaldson

IN PHOTOS: John Champe wins lacrosse opener

The John Champe Knights opened their 2018 varsity boys' lacrosse season with an 11-7 victory at home Monday night versus Brentsville District in Aldie. The Knights followed that victory by defeating Heritage 17-6 on Wednesday evening to improve to 2-0 on the year. John Champe will return to action March 21 at Kettle Run.

Purcellville teen Shawn Dongieux is set to compete in the World Irish Dancing Championships for a third time later this month.—Courtesy Photo

Local dancers to take stage in Scotland

A pair of youth dancers from the Southern Academy of Irish Dance in Dulles will participate in the 2018 World Irish Dancing Championships. The competition will take place March 24 through April 1 in Glasgow, Scotland. Madeleine Cabral, an eighth-grader from Ashburn, will compete in the girls' ages 13-14 division. A dancer since the age of six, Cabral is familiar with the fierce competition she will see at the championships.

Former Broad Run High School standout Nigel Johnson is averaging five points and two rebounds per game for Virginia as a graduate transfer.—Photo Courtesy/University of Virginia, Matt Riley

NBA put on hold at Virginia as Cavs’ upperclassmen thrive

University of Virginia men's basketball coach Tony Bennett has built the Cavaliers into one of the nation's elite programs. The Cavaliers are enjoying arguably the most successful stretch in school history. Their No. 1 ranking is the program's first since the Ralph Sampson era ended 35 years ago. They are also the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and have won 30 or more games three of the last five years.

Stone Bridge senior Adam Bekhet extends his right leg in an attempt to control the ball as Riverside senior defender Justin Logan watches intently.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Riverside kicks off soccer season with comeback win versus Stone Bridge

The high school soccer season kicked off strong March 12, as the 2017 Virginia Class 3 state champion Riverside Rams punched in two late goals in less than 60 seconds to stun the homestanding Stone Bridge Bulldogs 2-1 in non-conference action. After the Bulldogs held a 1-0 lead in the contest for nearly 60 minutes, and after the Rams charged back with a flurry of late offense, both head coaches saw positives and negatives in the two teams’ season opener.

Loudoun Valley High School alum DiDi Haracic, left, and Broad Run alum Whitney Church both saw action in the Washington Spirit’s preseason game versus the University of North Carolina on March 10 at Evergreen Sportsplex.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Spirit, Tar Heels tie 1-1 in front of capacity crowd in Leesburg

The Washington Spirit continued preparation for the 2018 National Women's Soccer League season March 10 in a preseason game against the University of North Carolina in Leesburg. The Spirit and Tar Heels played to a 1-1 draw Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd of 2,000 at Evergreen Sportsplex.

Basketball: VHSL State Championships Scoreboard

The Virginia High School League crowned state champions in boys' and girls' basketball for all six classifications March 8-10 at Virginia Commonwealth University's Siegel Center in Richmond.

Freedom High School senior Hunter Oakford is part of Loudoun County’s roster for the DMVStream.com Nova Challenge.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Rosters set for Nova Challenge basketball showcase event

Loudoun's 15-player roster for the fifth annual DMVStream.com Nova Challenge is set. Players from Broad Run, Freedom, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley, Potomac Falls, Riverside, Stone Bridge, Tuscarora and Woodgrove high schools will represent Loudoun County versus Prince William County in the boys' basketball event March 18 at Centreville High School.

Briar Woods High School seniors Annie Sorando, Catie Bryant and Abby Maltese are joined by Falcons’ assistant soccer coach Jamie Rawson.—Photo Courtesy/Doug Bryant

Briar Woods trio sign to play college soccer

Three members of the Briar Woods High School girls' soccer program recently secured their college destinations. Seniors Catie Bryant, Abby Maltese and Annie Sorando have each signed their letters of intent to play NCAA Division I soccer.

Loudoun Valley senior Jordan Miller scored 17 points in the final game of his varsity career. Miller, signed to play for George Mason University, holds the Vikings’ all-time scoring record with 1,712 points.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Loudoun Valley drops heartbreaker in overtime

A crowd of more than 2,100 gathered inside Shenandoah University's Wilkins Athletics and Events Center to watch the Loudoun Valley Vikings and the Handley Judges square off for the third time this season March 6 in the Virginia Class 4 boys' basketball semifinals. After the teams split their two previous meetings this winter, the victor of the rubber match would earn the right to play for a state championship.

Freedom junior Jaelyn Batts rises for a shot during a Virginia Class 5 girls’ basketball semifinal game versus Thomas Edison. Batts scored a game-high 19 points in a 49-32 loss.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Thomas Edison halts Freedom’s run in state semifinals

The gymnasium at John Champe High School has become a second home for the Freedom High School girls’ basketball program lately, securing multiple wins at the site over the last few weeks. On March 6, Freedom found itself there once again. This time, the stakes were higher than ever before. Two teams — Freedom and Thomas Edison — battling for the chance to play in the Virginia Class 5 girls’ basketball tournament championship game.

Loudoun’s VHSL state basketball playoffs scoreboard

The Loudoun Valley Vikings lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the Handley Judges in the Virginia High School League Class 4 state boys' basketball tournament semifinals Tuesday night in Winchester. Region 5C champion Freedom fell 49-32 versus Thomas Edison in the Class 5 girls' semifinals Tuesday in Aldie.

Broad Run players and coaches watch the action from the bench during the NVSHL championship game.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Broad Run falls short in return to hockey title game

For the second straight season, the Broad Run Spartans won their way into the Capitals Cup championship game of the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League. Once again, the Spartans came away as NVSHL runners-up. The only two undefeated, untied hockey clubs in the 27-team league finally ran into each other March 2 at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
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