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Riverside players and coaches rejoice after winning the 2017 Virginia 4A boys’ lacrosse championship.—Times-Mirror/Jeff Vennitti

Loudoun varsity teams have combined to win 121 state titles

Loudoun County public high schools have combined to win 121 Virginia High School League state championships in varsity team sports. That number grew by 13 during the 2016-2017 school year. Broad Run, which opened in 1969, and Loudoun Valley (1962) are tied for the most state championships with 17.

Members of Loudoun Soccer’s 98 Red boys team work on a drill during a practice earlier this summer.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

A tight bond for Loudoun 98 Red soccer team

Raw talent, intelligence and athleticism. These traits are often considered the perfect recipe for success in sports. The trait often overlooked is team cohesiveness and friendship: think LeBron James without Dwayne Wade, or Sydney LeRoux sans Alex Morgan. Enter Loudoun Soccer's 98 Red boys club team, who are the perfect example that it doesn’t just take pure ability to achieve lofty goals.

Megan Wu practices bumping the volleyball with her Park View teammates.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

IN PHOTOS: Park View athletes prepare for fall season

Park View High School student-athletes are busy on the field, course and court preparing for the 2017 fall sports season. Times-Mirror photographer Rick Wasser was on hand Aug. 14 to catch some of the action.

From left: Marjane Coley, Mikajah Hayes, India McNeil and Natalie Barnes of The MVP League.—Courtesy Photo

Combining forces for track and field success

Loudoun Special Forces Track Club athletes Erin Kelly, Erin Irlan, Cullen Capuano, Ryan Thomas, Mikajah Hayes, Kayla Copeland, Natalie Barnes and Sabrina Sokol, and founder/coach Nick Savage have been selected to compete/coach for The MVP League. The newly-formed prestigious club is centrally-based in Lorton to accommodate the rising talent of Virginia.

Kaly Garcia

Garcia taking power bat to next level

Kaly Garcia is a power hitter in every sense of the word. Her consistently strong at-bats has attracted many college coaches to watch her hit bombs. A rising senior at Loudoun County High School, Garcia has decided to continue hitting dingers at the University of Mary Washington, beginning in the fall of 2018.

Rangers make most of being regional baseball host

The only reason the Leesburg Rangers of Post 34 have played in the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Senior Baseball Tournament in recent years is due to being the host squad. Now with three straight finishes in the upper half of the regional field, plus winning the whole thing before their home fans a year ago, the Rangers have shown that they most definitely belong.

Alex Silvestre of K2M acknowledges fans after he scored a goal during an Aug. 5 match at Morven Park.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

IN PHOTOS: Polo in the Park at Morven Park

Morven Park launched its inaugural season of Polo in the Park this summer, with polo matches, picnicking and more taking place each Saturday night in July and August at the Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg.

Jon Cypher

Cypher is Valley’s first Iron Viking

Loudoun Valley High School junior linebacker Jon Cypher has earned the first annual Iron Viking award, which is based on performance in bench press, squats, power clean, broad jump and 40-meter dash, along with attendance during offseason workouts. Loudoun Valley's coaching staff notes that "Jon is an exemplary student athlete and individual. He represents the Viking program with nothing but class on and off the field. He is so well respected by his peers that he was selected as captain even though he is only a junior."

The street hockey rink at Franklin Park was one of three Loudoun rinks to be renovated.—Photo Courtesy/Washington Capitals

Capitals renovate local street hockey rinks

The Washington Capitals recently refurbished three street hockey rinks in Loudoun. Using funding from the National Hockey League's Industry Growth Fund, the Capitals renovated rinks at Douglass Community Center in Leesburg, Trailside Park in Ashburn and Franklin Park in Purcellville.
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Adam Jardines, Michael Soltis and Ethan Jardines of Team LoCo Motion.—Courtesy Photo

Scholastic honors for LoCo Motion trio

Three members of Team LoCo Motion have been selected to the 2017 National Rifle Association All-Scholastic Team. Adam Jardines, Michael Soltis and Ethan Jardines earned selection based on achieving excellent scores in recent competitions, standing out academically and outstanding community involvement.

Rangers’ run through regionals ends in semifinals

The Leesburg Rangers of American Legion Post 34 saw their luck run out Sunday afternoon, losing 8-6 to the Pennsylvania champions in the semifinal of the Mid-Atlantic Senior Regional Baseball Tournament at Fireman's Field in Purcellville.

Sporting Virginia’s 10U team went undefeated at the Challenge Sports 3v3 Soccer National Championships.—Courtesy Photo

Sporting Virginia wins national youth soccer crown

Sporting Virginia, a team of six girls representing the Sporting Virginia Futsal Club in Leesburg, won the Under 10 Gold Division at the Challenge Sports 3v3 Soccer National Championships, held July 28-30 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

The Leesburg Rangers are 2-1 through three games as the host team in the 2017 American Legion Mid-Atlantic Region Senior Baseball Tournament.—Courtesy Photo

Leesburg Rangers bounce back with consecutive wins

After dropping their opening game of the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Region Senior Baseball Tournament. the 2016 regional champion Post 34 Leesburg Rangers have rattled off consecutive wins to advance to Saturday's portion of the double-elimination tournament.

Chase Rabe of the Loudoun Valley Estates Torpedoes swims in the 25-meter freestyle July 30 at the 2017 Old Dominion Swim League All-Star meet. Rabe touched the wall first in a pair of events.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Loudoun swimmers cap summer season in style

Owning six Old Dominion Swim League records, it’s no wonder Sofia Davis’ teammates call her “little Kylie”, after her former teammate Kylie Jordan, who holds five ODSL records of her own. Taking a break from her time with Nation’s Capital Swim Club, Davis represented her hometown Lovettsville Dolphins at the ODSL All-Star meet July 30 at Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling.

Leesburg Rangers fall in American Legion regional opener

The defending regional champion Leesburg Rangers of Post 34 got off to a rough start Wednesday night in the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Region Senior Baseball Tournament, losing 11-2 to the Pennsylvania champion from Ephrata Post 429 inside Fireman's Field in Purcellville. The Rangers carried a 2-1 lead into the fourth inning, but Ephrata tallied four runs in the fourth and six more in the seventh.

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