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Freedom’s Bre Roeder rejoices following her uneven bars routine Feb. 17 at the VHSL State Gymnastics Championships.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Eagles return to perch as VHSL state gymnastics champions

The Freedom Eagles landed atop the Class 5 team standings Feb. 16 at Heritage High School in Leesburg, utilizing the full nine-gymnast lineup to claim the school’s second Virginia High School League state championship in the past three seasons.

Loudoun’s Regional Basketball Tournament Schedule

A total of 14 Loudoun varsity teams have qualified to compete in regional basketball tournaments. The Region 5C and Region 4C basketball tournaments tip off Tuesday night. District tournament champions Freedom and Loudoun Valley will each host boys' and girls' first-round games Tuesday. Potomac Falls boys and Tuscarora girls will also open the regional playoffs at home.

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.

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

Freedom outlasts Potomac Falls in four overtimes to claim boys’ basketball title

Immediately following Freedom High School’s victory Feb. 16 in the Potomac District girls' basketball tournament championship game, the school sent its boys' team to the court for a championship game of their own. Holding the top seed, Freedom matched up with No. 3 seed Potomac Falls in the title game.

Freedom players rejoice as the final buzzer sounds on the Eagles’ 61-53 victory against Tuscarora in the Potomac District girls’ basketball tournament championship game.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

Freedom tops Tuscarora for Potomac District girls’ basketball crown

With both programs coming off impressive wins in the semifinals of the Potomac District girls' basketball tournament, the top-seeded Tuscarora Huskies squared off with the No. 2 seed Freedom Eagles for the right to be crowned tournament champions. As both teams warmed up for the title game Feb. 16 at John Champe High School in Aldie, Post Malone’s smash-hit “Rockstar” blared through the speakers. And while the song wasn’t made specifically for the showdown about to unfold, the song’s title did foreshadow how the game would play out.

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.

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.

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