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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.

Broad Run’s Ethan Privman rejoices after scoring one of his three first-period goals versus Stone Bridge.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

MORE: Broad Run tops Stone Bridge to stay perfect on ice

It was after midnight and still they had decided nothing. Two hockey clubs who knew each other extremely well were tangled up in a deadlocked duel that befitted a rivalry with its own nickname. The Battle of the ‘Burn took to the ice Feb. 9 (into Feb. 10), pitting the league’s three-time defending champion Stone Bridge Bulldogs (6-3-1) against this year’s most dominant team, the high-scoring and unbeaten Broad Run Spartans (9-0).

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.

Tuscarora head coach Michael Newkirk presents Kennedy Middleton with a certificate for being nominated to the McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Team.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

IN PHOTOS: Middleton tops 1,500 career points as Tuscarora cruises past Broad Run

Senior Kennedy Middleton scored a game-high 26 points to help lead Tuscarora to a 77-37 win versus Broad Run in Potomac District girls' basketball action Monday night in Leesburg. Middleton was one of nine Huskies to score in the victory.

Leah Trepal of Heritage High School placed first in the all-around with a score of 36.9.—File photo/Doug Stroud

Gymnastics results: Six-team meet at Broad Run

The Heritage Pride set a team record with 137.75 points on their way to placing first among six teams in a varsity gymnastics meet Thursday night at Broad Run High School in Ashburn. Leah Trepal set a Pride record on the floor exercise (9.6) en route to finishing first in the all-around.

Freedom senior Jeremy Cofield converted a go-ahead layup with 10 seconds left to help lift the Eagles past host Broad Run.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

MORE PHOTOS: Freedom outlasts Broad Run in tightly contested game

The red-hot Freedom Eagles earned a difficult 64-61 road win Jan. 12 in Ashburn, surviving a seesaw struggle with another hot Potomac District boys' basketball team in the Broad Run Spartans. Six times in the fourth quarter the lead changed hands, and that was after it’d been swapped three other occasions and tied four more.

Loudoun Valley’s Jenna Haran performs her floor exercise routine during a five-team gymnastics meet Jan. 2 in Ashburn. Haran scored 9.35 on her routine to place first in the event. Haran also paced the field on the uneven bars.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Loudoun Valley leads way at gymnastics meet

The Loudoun Valley Vikings returned from holiday break to shine brightest in a five-team varsity gymnastics meet Jan. 2 at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn. Jenna Haran placed first in a pair of events for the Vikings. Heritage placed second as a team, led by all-around champion Leah Trepal.

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