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Loudoun’s Regional Basketball Playoffs Scoreboard

The Freedom Eagles earned a spot in the VHSL Class 5 state girls' basketball tournament following a 44-20 home victory against Falls Church in the regional semifinals Thursday in South Riding. Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge boys, and Tuscarora girls each lost in the Region 5C semifinals, while Loudoun Valley fell in the Region 4C boys' and girls' championship games.

Freedom’s Zyan Collins and Jaelyn Batts earned Player of the Year honors on the All-Potomac District basketball team.—Courtesy Photo

Potomac District basketball team selections

Freedom High School senior Zyan Collins and junior Jaelyn Batts are Players of the Year on the All-Potomac District basketball team. Freedom's Justin Powers (boys) and Stone Bridge's Kyle Linder (girls) secured Coach of the Year honors. Along with Freedom and Stone Bridge, Broad Run, Briar Woods, John Champe, Potomac Falls, Rock Ridge and Tuscarora high schools are also represented on the all-district team.

John Champe’s Sam Oliver raced to the 500-yard freestyle title at the VHSL Class 4 State Swimming Championships.—File Photo/Doug Stroud

Loudoun swimmers shine bright among state’s best

Student-athletes from Briar Woods, Dominion, John Champe, Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools raced to state titles Feb. 16-17 at the VSHL State Swim Championships. The Class 5 state meet was held Feb. 16 at George Mason University's Jim McKay Natatorium in Fairfax, while Class 4 swimmers made their splash Feb. 17 at Collegiate School Aquatics Center in Richmond.

Broad Run wrestler Johnathan Birchmeier capped a stellar season by winning the 285-pound championship at the VHSL Class 5 state tournament.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Three Loudoun wrestlers strike gold at state tournament

Dominion High School's Jack Creamer claimed the 106-pound title Feb. 17 at the Virginia Class 4 state wrestling tournament, while Freedom's Sean Crumbliss (132 pounds) and Broad Run's Johnathan Birchmeier (285 pounds) struck gold at the Virginia Class 5 state tournament. Overall, 15 Loudoun wrestlers placed among the top six in their weight class at the state level. Region 5C champion Rock Ridge produced the top team finish among Loudoun schools, placing eighth at the Class 5 tournament.

Potomac District basketball tournament scoreboard

The Freedom Eagles won Potomac District boys' and girls' basketball tournament championships Friday night.

The Freedom Eagles are Potomac District boys’ basketball tournament champions after defeating Potomac Falls 81-79 in four overtimes Friday night.—Times-Mirror/Casey Pazzalia

Loudoun’s Varsity Scoreboard: Feb. 16 events

The Freedom Eagles soared to the team title at the VHSL Class 5 State Gymnastics Championships on Friday evening at Heritage High School in Leesburg. Loudoun Valley and Freedom each won a pair of district basketball tournament titles, while swimmers from Briar Woods and John Champe raced to championships at the Class 5 state swim meet.

Briar Woods, Tuscarora hire coaches to lead football programs

A pair of Potomac District varsity football teams recently filled their head coaching vacancies. Daniel Bruton will guide Briar Woods High School in Ashburn and a familiar face Brandon Wheelbarger will take over the Tuscarora High School program in Leesburg.

Woodgrove’s River Stone placed first in three events to win the all-around title at the regional meet.—Photo Courtesy/Kim Ramsey

Regional Gymnastics Meet Results

The Freedom Eagles placed first at the Region 5C gymnastics meet and the Loudoun Valley Vikings topped the podium at the Region 1-4A meet to earn both teams qualification into the Virginia High School League State Gymnastics Championships. Freedom's Sydney Wrighte (38.5) and Woodgrove's River Stone (38.3) each placed first in the all-around at their respective regional meets.

Zack Jones, shown here at the Potomac District tournament, won the 170-pound title for team champion Rock Ridge at the Region 5C wrestling tournament.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Regional Wrestling Tournament Results

Rock Ridge High School racked up 167 points to win the team championship Saturday at the Region 5C wrestling tournament, hosted by Freedom High School in South Riding. Potomac District champion Freedom placed second, followed by Tuscarora and Broad Run as Loudoun teams held the top four spots in the 13-team tournament. Woodgrove earned the top local finish in the Region 4C tournament, scoring 91 points to place fourth.

Rosi Santos and the Tuscarora Huskies defeated Briar Woods on Tuesday night to remain in a first-place tie with Freedom.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

Potomac District basketball standings

The Freedom Eagles have secured first place in the Potomac District boys' basketball standings, holding a two-game edge on Stone Bridge entering the final night of the regular season. Freedom and Tuscarora are tied at 12-1 atop the Potomac District in girls' basketball. The regular season concludes Friday evening with all eight schools in action. The district tournament is scheduled to begin Monday with quarterfinal round play.

Freedom’s Sean Crumbliss works the arm of Tuscarora’s Brecan Saul in the 132-pound final. Crumbliss won the match to help the Eagles soar to the team championship.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Eagles fly back to familiar perch as district wrestling champs

It had been since 2014 that the Freedom Eagles wrestling team had won it all at the district level. But the Eagles landed back at their customary front-runner position Feb. 2 in the Potomac District wrestling meet at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn. Thirteen Eagles earned berths in the regional meet with top-five placements, including four district titles.

Freedom High School racked up 145.2 points to claim the Potomac District team crown.—Courtesy Photo

Freedom soars to top at Potomac District gymnastics meet

The Freedom Eagles occupied three of the four spots in the all-around on their way to claiming the team title at the Potomac District Gymnastics Championships, contested Feb. 2 at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn.

Alex Bailey prepares to shoot during Tuscarora’s 81-70 victory against Rock Ridge in Potomac District boys’ basketball Wednesday night in Leesburg.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

Loudoun’s Varsity Basketball Scoreboard

Potomac District basketball action took center court Thursday night. John Champe, Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge earned boys' wins, while Broad Run, Freedom and Potomac Falls won on the girls' side. Dominion prevailed in a non-district girls' game versus Warren County.

The Briar Woods Falcons swept top team honors at the Potomac District swim championships.—Times-Mirror/Jason S. Rufner

UPDATED: Briar Woods repeats as Potomac District swim champions

As the final relay of the long evening was in its last stage and the crowd around the pool at Claude Moore Recreation Center began to thin, the three dozen or so swimmers representing Briar Woods High School gathered together on one of the bleacher stands, newly donned dark t-shirts now covering their blue-and-orange swimsuits.

Sean Monahan of Briar Woods puts the puck in the back of the net versus Potomac Falls/Dominion.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

MORE PHOTOS: Briar Woods, Stone Bridge, Woodgrove put wins on ice

The puck didn’t drop for Friday evening’s first game until almost 9:30. By midnight, the Ashburn Ice House had hosted three Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League contests involving six Loudoun high schools.

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