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Sterling resident Nick Melloni will represent USA Gymnastics in the 2017 World Age Group Competitions, set for Nov. 12-16 in Bulgaria.—Courtesy Photo

Melloni reaches new heights on trampoline

It’s easy to pick Nick Melloni out from the maze of mats, bars and all the apparatus inside Sterling’s Dulles Gymnastics Academy. He’s the guy wearing the purple and green tie-dye t-shirt, performing double- and triple-flips, seeming to scrape the rafters with his high-flying moves. “It’s a passion that I found,” said Melloni of his chosen athletic outlet, an esoteric yet demanding sport called trampoline.

Sydney Wrighte, shown here at the conference meet, capped a stellar junior season by winning the all-around title at the VHSL State Gymnastics Open Individual Competition.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Best in state: Freedom’s Wrighte wins all-around title

Freedom High School junior Sydney Wrighte produced another meet to remember Feb. 18 at the Virginia High School League State Gymnastics Open Individual Competition in Nokesville. Wrighte totaled 38.975 points on her four events to win the all-around championship, finishing a full point clear of the field.

Rock Ridge senior Nicole Fye swims to a first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle race Feb. 17 at the Virginia 4A state swimming meet in Richmond. Fye, committed to swim at Ohio State University, also won the 200 freestyle title, in addition to teaming with Gabby Zhang, Emerson Davis and Allie MacMillan to place first in the 400 freestyle relay.—Times-Mirror/Patrick Kane

Loudoun varsity athletes rack up state titles

Several student-athletes from Loudoun high schools produced impressive results at the Virginia High School League State Swimming, Wrestling and Gymnastics Championships. Ten individuals and four relay teams swam to state titles, four wrestlers struck state gold and Freedom's Sydney Wrighte was the class of the field in gymnastics. Riverside collected state gold as a girls' team at the Group 3A Swim Championships.

Loudoun’s Varsity Scoreboard: VHSL State Championships

Riverside High School won the girls' team championship at the Virginia High School League Group 3A State Swimming Championships on Saturday in Richmond. Several Loudoun student-athletes won individual swimming, wrestling and gymnastics championships at the state level.

Sydney Wrighte dismounts from the balance beam at the Conference 21-West meet.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Rick Wasser

Freedom’s Wrighte excels at state qualifier gymnastics meet

Freedom High School junior Sydney Wrighte placed first in all four individual events at the 5A North Region State Qualifier Gymnastics Meet to help the Eagles qualify as a team for the VHSL State Gymnastics Meet. Wrighte topped the all-around standings with an overall score of 39.25 at the qualifier meet, contested Feb. 8 at Park View High School in Sterling.

The Tuscarora Huskies are Conference 14 gymnastics champions.—Times-Mirror/Michael Marzzacco

Tuscarora repeats as Conference 14 gymnastics champions

Flips, tumbles and acrobatics were on display Jan. 31 inside Stone Bridge High School's gymnasium. While each of the five teams competing in the Conference 14 gymnastics meet gave their all, it was Tuscarora winning the team title for the second year in a row. The Huskies edged out runner-up Potomac Falls by seven points.

Woodgrove senior Sarah Snare skies above the balance beam during the Conference 21-West gymnastics meet.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Woodgrove lands surprise finish at conference gymnastics meet

It isn't often that the word "upset" can be applied to a gymnastics meet, but that word tells the story of the Conference 21-West gymnastics championship meet Jan. 30 at Freedom High School in South Riding. The Woodgrove Wolverines edged their hosts, the defending state champion and two-time regional champ Eagles, by less than a single point - 0.825, to be exact - to claim this year's team title for the six-school conference.

Alyssa Austin scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in Tuscarora’s 67-39 win verus Potomac Falls.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: Jan. 23-26 events

Heritage outlasted Loudoun Valley 63-60 in varsity boys' basketball Thursday night to hand the Vikings their first loss of the season. The Pride also prevailed against the Vikings in varsity girls' basketball. In more basketball action, Camryn Fagan, Sophia Coates and Jordan Wick each scored in double figures to lead Woodgrove's girls past Dominion.

Woodgrove senior Sarah Snare prepares to compete on the uneven bars.—Photo Courtesy/Woodgrove High School Gymnastics

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: Jan. 17-21 events

Riverside and Rock Ridge high schools prevailed in varsity swim meets Saturday, while Woodgrove High School's gymnastics team placed fourth at the Aloha Invitational. Look inside for scores and submitted stats from varsity basketball, gymnastics and swimming.

Woodgrove High School gymnasts are all smiles after winning the Red division title at the Park View Glory Days Gymnastics Invitational.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: Jan. 6-12 events

The Loudoun County Raiders defeated the Riverside Rams 68-37 in varsity girls' basketball Thursday night. The Raiders have won 13 straight games and are currently 14-1 overall. Look inside for scores and submitted recaps from varsity basketball, gymnastics, swimming and wrestling.


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