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Wall, Beal eye 50 wins, East finals for Wizards

John Wall is a perennial All-Star. Backcourt mate Bradley Beal might finally get that sort of recognition this season. What both of the Washington Wizards’ starting guards in their 20s would really love to do is, at long last, really matter in the NBA playoffs -- and stick around more than two rounds.

Former Broad Run High School standout Nigel Johnson has transferred to the University of Virginia after earning his bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University. Johnson says he’s excited to play for coach Tony Bennett at Virginia and for his parents to be able to attend all of his home games.—Photo Courtesy/University of Virginia, Matt Riley

Johnson returns home to play college hoops at Virginia

On a hot day in mid-August, the Virginia Cavaliers’ newest weapon is ready to go — not only for his first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but for the 7 p.m. meeting we had set just hours before. Draped in black Nike workout gear and a pair of rare Jordan sneakers, Nigel Johnson is several minutes early, obviously eager to get back to the grind of a NCAA Division I offseason.

Woodgrove senior Camryn Fagan in action versus Heritage.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Woodgrove’s Fagan to play college basketball at Rochester

Woodgrove High School senior Camryn Fagan has committed to the University of Rochester in New York to continue her academic and basketball career. Fagan was a four-year varsity player and two-time captain for the Wolverines.

The Central Loudoun Basketball League All-Stars fourth-grade team.—Courtesy Photo

CLBL West All-Stars net basketball crown

The Central Loudoun Basketball League West All-Stars won the fourth grade division title March 11-12 at the Loudoun Basketball Charity Classic. The annual tournament featured all-star teams in several age divisions from Loudoun youth leagues.

VHSL Group 4A All-State basketball teams

Loudoun Valley High School junior Jordan Miller is the Player of the Year on the Virginia High School League Group 4A boys' basketball team. Loudoun Valley senior Nick Ball and Loudoun County junior Natalie Villaflor each garnered first-team honors.

Mike Elliott prepares to put up a left-handed shot for the Loudoun all-stars. Elliott was one of eight Loudoun players to score in double figures with 10 points.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun all-stars shine in NOVA Challenge

A team of all-star basketball players from Loudoun County outlasted their counterparts from Arlington/Alexandria, 130-128, in the fourth annual DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge on March 19 at Riverside High School in Leesburg. The high school basketball event showcased top public school seniors from Northern Virginia. Prince William defeated Fairfax 126-108 in the first all-star game.

The Loudoun Valley Vikings are Virginia 4A state boys’ basketball champions.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Loudoun Valley wins first state basketball title in dominant fashion

Loudoun Valley and Monacan high schools have squared off in the Virginia 4A state boys' basketball quarterfinals each of the last two seasons. Each time, the winner of that game has moved on to win a state championship.

Loudoun Valley junior Jordan Miller goes strong to the basket for two of his game-high 26 points.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Photos: Loudoun Valley rolls past Jamestown in state final

The Loudoun Valley Vikings won their first state championship in boys' basketball March 10 in Richmond. Loudoun Valley connected on 31 of 44 field goal attempts and 12 of 13 shots from the foul line to defeat Jamestown 80-48 in the Virginia High School League Group 4A state final.

The Loudoun Valley Vikings are Virginia 4A state boys’ basketball champions.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Loudoun Valley nets first state basketball championship

The Loudoun Valley Vikings produced a fitting conclusion to a tremendous season Friday evening at the Siegel Center in Richmond. Loudoun Valley controlled play from start to finish in an 80-48 victory against Jamestown in the VHSL 4A state boys' basketball championship game.

Dominion High School senior Mike Elliott has earned a roster invite to play for Loudoun in the fourth annual NOVA Challenge.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Loudoun roster set for NOVA Challenge

The fourth annual DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge is set for March 19 at Riverside High School in Leesburg. The high school basketball event showcases top public school seniors from Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and Prince William in two all-star games, a slam dunk contest and a 3-point shooting contest. Loudoun's roster includes players from Broad Run, Dominion, Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley, Potomac Falls, Rock Ridge and Tuscarora high schools,

Jordan Miller and the Loudoun Valley Vikings take the big stage for the VHSL 4A boys’ basketball championship game Friday evening.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

VHSL State Basketball Championships Schedule

The Loudoun Valley Vikings are one of 24 varsity teams that will play for a Virginia High School League State Basketball Championship this week. Teams will vie for state supremacy in boys' and girls' basketball in six classifications, starting Thursday afternoon in Richmond. Four state title games will be contested each day at the Siegel Center, on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University

The Loudoun Patriots will next play in the East Coast Homeschool Championships.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun Patriots swish state runner-up honors

The Loudoun Patriots homeschool varsity basketball teams each finished second at the 2017 VHSAA State Championships Feb. 25 in Roanoke. Both teams qualified for the East Coast Homeschool Championships, set for March 13-17 at Liberty University.

Paul Rowley, a redshirt sophomore at William & Mary, attempts a 3-pointer during a Nov. 23, 2016 game versus Duke University at famed Cameron Indoor Stadium. Rowley connected on 3 of 4 shots from 3-point range in 26 minutes of action.—Photo Courtesy/William & Mary athletics

Loudoun Valley alum Paul Rowley is a quick study at William & Mary

Paul Rowley was preparing for his freshman year at William & Mary in the summer of 2014 when his father, Sean, began to work on a spreadsheet with his son’s schedule. The Loudoun Valley High School academic and basketball standout was preparing to take 12 credit hours his first semester, which is typical for a basketball player for the NCAA Division I Tribe. Rowley ended up taking 15 credits as a freshman in his first semester. And thanks to three years of summer classes, he is on track to graduate this spring as a double major in finance and computer science.

Senior Nick Ball scored a game-high 25 points in Loudoun Valley’s 75-43 semifinal win versus George Washington.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Rick Wasser

MORE: Loudoun Valley punches ticket for state championship game

An explosive second half allowed the Loudoun Valley Vikings to pull away from George Washington-Danville in the semifinals of the Virginia High School League Group 4A boys' basketball tournament. Loudoun Valley produced an impressive 75-42 victory Saturday evening at the Salem Civic Center to advance to the state championship game.

Loudoun Valley advances to VHSL state basketball semifinals

The Loudoun Valley Vikings took another step in their quest to win a state championship in varsity boys' basketball Friday evening in Salem.


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