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The Briar Woods Falcons are Conference 14 baseball tournament champions.—Times-Mirror/Jason S. Rufner

After two-day test match, Briar Woods repeats as Conference 14 baseball champs

Not even four hours of thumb-twiddling - two hours one day, two more the next - inside an unfamiliar cafeteria could deter the Briar Woods Falcons from their goal. The Falcons successfully defended their first-ever baseball title of a year ago, winning the Conference 14 tournament again with a nailbiting, nip-and-tuck 3-2 triumph at top-seeded Stone Bridge.

Loudoun County senior Tyler Karol, shown here earlier this spring at the Wolverine Track Classic, placed first in the 300-meter hurdles (41.95) at the Group 4A Conference 21-East meet.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Track and field: Conference meet results

Stone Bridge High School won boys' and girls' team titles at the Group 5A Conference 14 track and field meet, while Loudoun County girls and Loudoun Valley boys claimed team crowns at the Group 4A Conference 21-East meet. Overall, Loudoun student-athletes competed in one of five conference meets this week.

Briar Woods shuts out Tuscarora in Conference 14 boys’ soccer semifinals

"Everything out" calls senior goalkeeper Micah Scott, prior to every kick into his goalie box. It was a prominent theme Briar Woods followed Wednesday night on its way to shutting out host Tuscarora in the Conference 14 boys' soccer tournament semifinal round in Leesburg.

Broad Run’s men’s novice eight team of Kevin McDonald, Matthew Dumm, Tyler Van Burk, Chris Korrie, Adam Love, Tim Haynal, Bret Bailey, Christian Malone and coxswain Helen Riordan placed fourth May 6 at the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships.—Courtesy Photo

Crew teams make mark at state level

Boats from Briar Woods, Broad Run, Rock Ridge and Stone Bridge high schools placed in multiple events at the 2017 Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships, contested on the Occoquan Reservoir at Sandy Run Regional Park. The event was held on consecutive Saturdays, with lower division boats hitting the water May 6 and upper division boats competing May 13.

Briar Woods softball to host AGSL night May 4

The Briar Woods High School softball program will host its annual Ashburn Girls Softball League Night on May 4 when the Falcons host the Stone Bridge Bulldogs. The varsity softball game starts at 6 p.m.

Athletes compete in the 100-meter hurdles April 21 at the Wolverine Classic Track Invitational.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Wolverine Classic Track Invitational photos

Loudoun high schools Briar Woods, Freedom, Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley, Park View, Potomac Falls, Riverside, Rock Ridge, Stone Bridge and Woodgrove helped make up a 21-team field April 21 for the Wolverine Classic Track Invitational.

Natalie Barnes of Stone Bridge placed first in the girls’ long jump event with a top leap of 18-01.5.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge leads girls pack at Wolverine Classic Track Invitational

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs racked up a meet-best 101 points in girls' events to top a 21-team field April 21 at the Wolverine Classic Track Invitational, hosted by Woodgrove High School in Purcellville. Fauquier edged Loudoun Valley by one point to place atop the boys' team standings.

Briar Woods senior Michael Ludowig is receiving interest from Major League Baseball scouts as a pitcher and an outfielder.—Courtesy Photo

Falcon’s Crest: As MLB draft looms, Ludowig stays calm, carries on

Michael Ludowig of Briar Woods High School has turned himself into perhaps the most sought-after baseball player Loudoun has produced in the last half-decade. Dominant from the left side, Ludowig throws devastatingly hard from the mound. From a coiled stance brimming with power, he rockets balls into - and sometimes over - outfield gaps.
Trace McSorley

McSorley voted Penn State football captain

Briar Woods High School alum Trace McSorley has been voted as one of three Penn State University football captains by his teammates for the 2017 season. McSorley, a junior quarterback, joins Jason Cabinda and Nick Scott as team captains. "These three young men have been leaders in our program, on and off the field," PSU head coach James Franklin stated in a release.

Briar Woods improved to 7-0 with a 12-7 win against host Broad Run April 6 in Ashburn.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

MORE: Briar Woods tops Broad Run to remain undefeated

The Briar Woods Falcons remained perfect through seven varsity boys' lacrosse contests this season after enduring a 12-7 road test April 6 against rival Broad Run. An early surge put the Falcons up 4-0 midway through the opening frame. But with two minutes left in the third quarter, the pesky Spartans (4-3) edged back within two of their neighbors.

Michael Brennan helped the Tuscarora Huskies earn 35 Wells Fargo Cup points in varsity golf.—File Photo

VHSL Wells Fargo Cup Standings

Loudoun Valley (Group 4A), Tuscarora (5A) and Briar Woods (5A) high schools each rank among the top five in the Virginia High School League Wells Fargo Cup Standings following the conclusion of the varsity winter sports season. The Wells Fargo Cup is awarded to the school in each group classification that has achieved the best overall record in VHSL state-level competition in 27 sports.

Front row, from left: Briar Woods seniors Skyler Springs, Jordan Ward and Samari Springs. Back row: Briar Woods football coach Charlie Pierce and athletic director Jerry Carter.—Photo Courtesy/Chuck Moore, Random Snaps Photography

Briar Woods trio to play college football

Briar Woods High School recently held a ceremony for three senior student-athletes who will continue their football careers in college. Skyler Springs will play for Georgetown University, Jordan Ward will lace up the cleats for Virginia Military Institute and Samari Springs is headed to the University of Richmond.

5A North Region basketball team selections

Tuscarora High School junior Kennedy Middleton is the Player of the Year on the 5A North All-Region girls' basketball team. Anthony Cooper (Broad Run) and Brian Sweeney (Potomac Falls) earned first-team selection on the boys' team, as did Briar Woods senior Amani Rascoe on the girls' team.

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.

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.

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