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Joey McLister will tee it up in the 2017 Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship next week at The Club of Creighton Farms in Aldie.—Courtesy Photo

Pro turned amateur, McLister back into the swing

Translated literally from the French, the word "amateur" means "lover of [something]." That definition perfectly applies to Loudoun native Joey McLister, an amateur in - that is, a lover of - the game of golf. Though McLister is no ordinary amateur. From the time he graduated from the University of Delaware in 2007, until the time he switched to an office job in 2014, McLister's livelihood was earned by his skill on the links.

Ashburn native Sophia Kammann made the most of her dual citizenship in March, claiming Luxembourg’s junior ladies’ national figure skating crown at the Coupe du Printemps.—Courtesy Photo

Skating across the pond: Ashburn teen wins junior figure skating crown in Luxembourg

When Ashburn native Sophia Kammann was crowned Luxembourg’s Junior Ladies’ National Champion in March, her family’s pride extended from her home in America across the pond to Europe, to the home of her ancestors, where she was now a champion figure skater.

VHSL Group 4A All-State soccer teams

Players from Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun County, Park View and Rock Ridge high schools earned selection on the 2017 Virginia High School League Group 4A All-State soccer teams.

The Leesburg Revolution 14U fastpitch softball team.—Courtesy Photo

Leesburg Revolution wins fastpitch softball state tournament

The Leesburg Revolution 14U softball team won the Virginia USSSA Fastpitch State Tournament 14U Open championship June 4 at Claude Moore Park in Sterling. The Revolution jumped out to an early lead in the championship game with five hits in the second inning. Lauren Keys struck out three and did not allow an earned run to secure the pitching win.

VHSL Group 5A All-State baseball team

Jason Miller is the Coach of the Year on the 2017 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State baseball team after guiding Briar Woods to a state championship. Wilson Ayers, Jake Kleifges and Michael Ludowig of Briar Woods earned first-team honors.

Potomac Falls senior Tori Birks.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

VHSL Group 5A All-State lacrosse teams

Potomac Falls High School swept top honors on the 2017 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State girls' lacrosse team. Senior midfielder Tori Birks is the Player of the Year and Jim Birks is the Coach of the Year. Briar Woods, Broad Run, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora are also represented on the All-State lacrosse teams.

VHSL Group 3A All-State baseball team

Three Riverside High School players earned selected on the 2017 Virginia High School League Group 3A All-State baseball team. Senior Trey Campbell and juniors Robbie Ferreira and Ryan Hoehn were each selected on the first team.

Haley Buffenbarger plays the ball during a Foxcroft School varsity field hockey game.—Courtesy Photo

Buffenbarger to play in USA Field Hockey National Futures Championship

Foxcroft School sophomore Haley Buffenbarger has been selected to play in the 2017 National Futures Championship — the premier event of USA Field Hockey's Futures Program. The competition is set for June 20-29 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa.

Riverside sophomore midfielder Lilly Boswell sprints toward the attack zone during the state final versus George Mason.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Photos: George Mason edges Riverside in 4A girls’ lacrosse final

Riverside's rally from a four-goal deficit in the second half fell just short in the Virginia 4A state girls' lacrosse championship game June 10 at Salem High School. The second-year Rams twice pulled within one but were unable to net the equalizer as George Mason held on for a 15-14 victory.

Briar Woods players and coaches are fired up after the Falcons took an early lead versus Halifax. Briar Woods eventually won the game 5-4 in 14 innings.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Briar Woods outlasts Halifax in 14 innings to claim first state crown

If you're going to make it all the way to the state championship game, you might as well win it. And if that title tilt is going to go for 14 innings and nearly four hours under the blazing sun, you better win it. The Briar Woods Falcons won their first-ever Group 5A state baseball championship June 10, outlasting Halifax 5-4 in a 14-inning midday marathon.

The Riverside Rams won the Virginia 4A state boys’ lacrosse championship in just their second season as a program.—Times-Mirror/Jeff Vennitti

Riverside clamps down on E.C. Glass to win first state lacrosse title

Preparation and execution - combined with a talented, deep roster - proved to be the proper formula for the Riverside Rams to complete a perfect season June 10 in the Virginia 4A state boys' lacrosse championship game at Salem High School.

Briar Woods soccer players are all smiles following their victory in penalty kicks against Mills Godwin in the Virginia 5A state final.—Times-Mirror/Buzz Covington

Briar Woods nips Mills Godwin in penalty kicks to wear state crown

With a hard-fought 1-0 victory June 10 that took penalty kicks to decide, the Briar Woods Falcons became the Virginia 5A state champions for boys' soccer. Not bad for a team that entered the postseason sporting a record of 7-6-5. Briar Woods head coach Francois Bernard appeared to get a kick out of watching his players celebrate on the Westfield High School pitch.

The Riverside Rams capped an unbeaten season by defeating the Blacksburg Bruins 1-0 in the Virginia 3A state boys’ soccer final.—Times-Mirror/Jeff Vennitti

Zhang’s late goals lifts Riverside to 3A soccer title

The 2017 Virginia 3A state boys' soccer championship game featured a budding program in second-year Riverside versus a Blacksburg team that has won 12 state titles. As it has throughout the season, Riverside proved up to the challenge June 10 at Roanoke College.

The Woodgrove Wolverines are VHSL 4A state softball champions for a second straight season and for the fourth time in the last seven years.—Times-Mirror/Jeff Vennitti

Woodgrove tops Freedom to claim fourth state softball crown

Since the inception of their softball program in 2011, the Woodgrove Wolverines have grown accustomed to winning a state title every even year - claiming crowns in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Woodgrove broke the mold in 2017.

Rock Ridge defeated Handley 5-2 in the VHSL 4A state boys’ tennis championship June 10 in Salem to complete an undefeated season.—Courtesy Photo

Rock Ridge tennis nets perfect season on way to state title

Rock Ridge High School sophomore Momin Khan knew he was part of something special by the midway point of the 2017 varsity tennis season. Khan, the team's No. 1 singles player, noted that "we're doing really well this year, and going far seems like a possibility."

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