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J.B. Bukauskas is officially a member of the Houston Astros organization.—Photo Courtesy/UNC athletics

Ashburn ace J.B. Bukauskas signs with Houston Astros

Stone Bridge High School alum J.B. Bukauskas has agreed to a contract with the Houston Astros, the Major League Baseball organization that drafted him with the 15th overall pick in the 2017 draft. The 20-year-old right-handed pitcher reportedly received a $3.6 million signing bonus.

Recent Stone Bridge High School graduate Connor Steggerda poses next to his state-championship distance of 174 feet, 9 inches in the discus throw.—Courtesy Photo

Discus champion: Steggerda is best in throw

Record-setting discus champion Connor Steggerda can't leave well enough alone. Four years ago, Steggerda entered Stone Bridge High School as a travel-level baseball player and a promising distance runner. He leaves as an elite Division I-caliber athlete who does neither of those things.

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 softball team

Players from Broad Run, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora high schools earned selection on the 2017 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State softball team. Virginia 5A state champion Atlee swept top honors on the all-state team.

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.

Rock Ridge defeated Handley 5-2 in the VHSL 4A state boys’ tennis championship June 10 in Salem to complete an undefeated season.—Courtesy Photo

Rock Ridge tennis nets perfect season on way to state title

Rock Ridge High School sophomore Momin Khan knew he was part of something special by the midway point of the 2017 varsity tennis season. Khan, the team's No. 1 singles player, noted that "we're doing really well this year, and going far seems like a possibility."

J.B. Bukauskas delivers a pitch during his senior season at Stone Bridge.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge alum J.B. Bukauskas selected 15th in MLB draft

Following a stellar junior season at the University of North Carolina, Stone Bridge High School alum J.B. Bukauskas is taking his elite diamond skills to the professional ranks. The Houston Astros selected the right-handed pitcher with the 15th overall selection of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.

The Woodgrove Wolverines and the Freedom Eagles will meet again in the Virginia 4A state softball championship Saturday in Salem. Woodgrove defeated Freedom 3-0 a week prior in the 4A West Region championship game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Eleven Loudoun teams to play for state titles Saturday

Loudoun County Public Schools will be represented by 11 teams in Virginia High School League state championship games Saturday. Local teams will vie for state supremacy in baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis.

The Rock Ridge Phoenix have advanced to the Virginia 4A state boys’ tennis championship match Saturday versus John Handley.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s VHSL State Playoffs Scoreboard: June 5-6 games

Riverside High School (boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse), Potomac Falls (girls lacrosse), Rock Ridge (boys tennis) and Stone Bridge (boys tennis) have each punched their tickets for Saturday's VHSL State Championships following state semifinal wins.

Kelsey Curl and the Potomac Falls Panthers will travel to Fredericksburg today to play Massaponax in the state semifinals.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Six Loudoun teams qualify for state lacrosse playoffs

The 2017 Virginia High School League Group 5A and 4A state lacrosse tournaments will include six Loudoun teams. Briar Woods, Dominion, Riverside and Stone Bridge will play in boys' semifinal games Tuesday, as will Potomac Falls and Riverside in the girls' semifinals.

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs are 5A North Region boys’ lacrosse champions.—Times-Mirror/Maddie Thompson

Stone Bridge edges Briar Woods in regional lacrosse final

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs found redemption Friday as they squared off against their crosstown rival Briar Woods Falcons in the 5A North Region boys' lacrosse tournament championship game. Following a loss to Briar Woods in the Conference 14 championship game just two weeks prior, Stone Bridge evened the score with a 9-8 victory in the regional final.

Briar Woods senior Michael Ludowig belts a home run in the Falcons’ 10-0 home victory against Halifax June 2 in the 5A North Region baseball championship game.—Photo Courtesy/Adrian Dillenseger, 3slidephoto

Loudoun’s Regional Playoffs Scoreboard: June 2 games

Eight Loudoun varsity teams won regional tournament championships Friday evening. Riverside (baseball, boys' lacrosse, girls' lacrosse) and Briar Woods (baseball, boys' soccer) both collected multiple regional titles, while Rock Ridge (boys' tennis), Stone Bridge (boys' lacrosse) and Woodgrove (softball) each won one championship.

Loudoun’s Varsity Playoff Schedule: June 2 games

A total of 14 varsity teams from Loudoun will play in 5A North, 4A West, 4A North or 3A East regional championship games Friday. Varsity teams from Briar Woods, Dominion, Freedom, Riverside, Rock Ridge, Stone Bridge, Tuscarora and Woodgrove high schools will be in action.


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