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The Broad Run Spartans are 2017 Potomac District golf tournament champions.—Courtesy Photo

Broad Run hoists district golf crown for first time

A clutch effort from a group of sophomores and freshmen led Broad Run to its first district golf tournament championship in the school's 49-year history Sept. 19 at South Riding Golf Club. The Spartans shot a four-player total of 303 to claim the eight-team Potomac District crown, while Tuscarora sophomore Michael Brennan shot 4-under par 68 to earn individual medalist honors.

Clemont Mpanya’s five rushing touchdowns helped Potomac Falls defeat Riverside 40-21 on Sept. 8.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: Sept. 5-9 games

Stone Bridge High School's volleyball team won five matches in one day Sept. 9 to claim the Albemarle Invitational Tournament title. After sweeping three pool play matches, the Bulldogs defeated Franklin County in the semifinals and Fauquier in the final. Look inside for scores and submitted stats from varsity golf, field hockey, volleyball and football.

2017 Briar Woods Falcons football preview

It’s a new era for Briar Woods, at least temporarily so. Charlie Pierce, the only head football coach in the Falcons’ illustrious 12-year history and the face of the program, has taken leave for personal reasons and will miss the 2017 season. To many of the Falcon players, however, the man assuming the reins isn’t new at all.

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.
Trace McSorley

McSorley draws recognition as college football season nears

Penn State junior quarterback Trace McSorley has been named to a pair of watch lists ahead of the 2017 season. The Briar Woods High School alum is a candidate for the Maxwell Award (National Player of the Year) and the Wuerffel Trophy, considered college football's premier award for community service.

Briar Woods players and coaches rejoice during the Virginia 5A state championship game versus Halifax County.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Briar Woods’ Miller selected as state’s top baseball coach

After guiding Briar Woods High School to its first state baseball championship in 2017, Jason Miller has been selected as Coach of the Year on the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Virginia Baseball Team. Briar Woods senior Michael Ludowig and Loudoun County junior Will Schroeder earned first-team honors.

Emory University captains Nikki Batt, left, and Madison Phaneuf have built a tight bond since first meeting each other on the soccer field seven years ago.—Courtesy Photo

Batt, Phaneuf build a special bond through soccer

Emory University juniors Madison Phaneuf and Nikki Batt know all too well the power of fate. The ever-present force in life, it created their unforeseen friendship and directed their lives in places each never thought it would go.

The Woodgrove Wolverines open the 2017 season Aug. 25 at home versus Armstrong.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Loudoun’s 2017 Varsity Football Season Schedule

Loudoun teams kick off the 2017 varsity football season Aug. 25. Briar Woods, Heritage, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley, Park View, Potomac Falls, Riverside, Tuscarora and Woodgrove will play home games to start the season. The regular season continues for 11 weeks through Nov. 3.

VHSL Group 5A All-State soccer teams

Francois Bernard of Briar Woods High School is the Coach of the Year on the Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State boys' soccer team. Bernard guided the Falcons to their first state championship in 2017. Briar Woods, Broad Run, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora are each represented by players on the All-State teams.

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.

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.

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.

Woodgrove softball players storm out of the dugout to join the celebration. The Wolverines defeated Freedom 2-0 in the VHSL 4A state softball championship game—Times-Mirror/Jeff Venitti

Photos: VHSL Spring Sports State Championships

Briar Woods High School baseball, Briar Woods boys' soccer, Potomac Falls girls' lacrosse, Riverside boys' soccer, Riverside boys' lacrosse, Rock Ridge boys' tennis and Woodgrove softball capped stellar seasons Saturday by winning Virginia High School League state championships.

The Briar Woods Falcons rejoice following their victory against Mills Godwin in the VHSL 5A state boys’ soccer championship game.—Times-Mirror/Buzz Covington

Super Saturday: Seven Loudoun teams win state championships

It was a day to remember for seven Loudoun varsity teams Saturday as Briar Woods (baseball, boys soccer), Potomac Falls (girls lacrosse), Riverside (boys soccer, boys lacrosse), Rock Ridge (boys tennis) and Woodgrove (softball) claimed Virginia High School League state championships.

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