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Tuscarora senior Chris Broad makes one of his game-high 14 tackles versus Highland Springs. He also broke up a pass and forced and recovered a fourth-quarter fumble.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Tuscarora’s rally falls short in Class 5 state final

The Tuscarora Huskies entered Armstrong Stadium on the campus of Hampton University on Dec. 10 with dreams of bringing their first state football championship back home to Leesburg. Standing in their way across the field was two-time defending Class 5 state champion Highland Springs, whose sights were set squarely on its third. In the end it was the Springers who got their wish, claiming the crown with a 40-27 triumph over Tuscarora.

Tuscarora senior Kennedy Middleton goes for a layup in between a pair of Freedom defenders.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

IN PHOTOS: Tuscarora outlasts Freedom in Potomac District basketball

The Tuscarora Huskies defeated the Freedom Eagles 61-57 in a Potomac District girls' basketball game Friday night at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg. The Huskies improved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in district play.

Tuscarora junior QB Justin Allen attempts to elude pressure during the Class 5 state championship game versus Highland Springs.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

VHSL state football playoffs scoreboard

Class 6 Westfield, Class 5 Highland Springs, Class 4 Salem, Class 3 Hopewell, Class 2 Appomattox and Class 1 Riverheads each won 2017 Virginia High School League state football championships Sunday. Tuscarora High School represented Loudoun County in the VHSL Class 5 title game. The Huskies fell 40-27 to Highland Springs, who hoisted the state championship trophy for the third consecutive season.

Highland Springs downs Tuscarora in Class 5 state championship game

Despite scoring 27 of the game's final 34 points, the Tuscarora Huskies dug too deep of a hole to prevail in the VHSL Class 5 state championship football game Sunday at Hampton University. Highland Springs raced out to a 33-0 lead on its way to a 40-27 victory, collecting its third consecutive state title.

The Heritage Pride accumulated a program-record 134.55 points to finish second in a six-team gymnastics meet Dec. 6 at Freedom High School in South Riding.—Courtesy Photo

Freedom leads pack in season-opening gymnastics meet

Paced by Sydney Wrighte, Riley Waldrop and Bre Roeder, the host Freedom Eagles soared to a first-place finish in a six-team meet to open the varsity gymnastics season Dec. 6 in South Riding. Wrighte totaled 37.7 points on her four events to claim the all-around crown.

The Tuscarora Huskies will have to wait an extra day to play Highland Springs for the Class 5 state title.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

VHSL state championship football games postponed to Sunday

Due to Saturday's forecast of snow through various parts of Virginia, the Virginia High School League has postponed each of its six state championship football games to Sunday. Tuscarora will now play Highland Springs in the Class 5 state final Sunday at 12 p.m.

Region 4C football team selections

Dominion, Heritage, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley, Riverside and Woodgrove high schools are each represented on the 2017 All-Region 4C football team. Region champion Sherando swept top honors with the top offensive and defensive players, as well as coach of the year.

VXS 12U team from left: Coach Bruce Bilek, Chase Bilek, Julian Randolph, Jaden Boring, Coach Gant Randolph, Matthew Han, Julian Roberson, Mani Walker, Max Randolph, Riley Kotch, Russell Markell and Coach Jerome Roberson. Jonathan Kirchner is not pictured.—Courtesy Photo

Two Xtreme teams qualify for NFL Flag Championships

A pair of youth football teams from the Virginia Xtreme Sports organization have earned a chance to be crowned NFL FLAG National Champions. The national competition will be contested in January during Pro Bowl week at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla.

Eleanor Winants will continue her academic and field hockey career at Wake Forest University.—Courtesy Photo

Winants signs to play field hockey at Wake Forest

Hamilton resident Eleanor Winants recently signed a letter of intent to attend and play NCAA Division I field hockey at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C., beginning in the fall of 2018. A senior at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Winants is ranked as a Class of 2018 top 50 recruit by Maxfieldhockey.com.

Tuscarora players rejoice after junior Leron West plunged across the goal line for his first of two rushing touchdowns versus Stafford. The host Huskies prevailed 20-17 to earn a spot in the Class 5 state championship game.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

UPDATED: Skirkanich’s game-winning kick sends Tuscarora to state final

The crowd knew it was good before the referees raised their arms. By the time the football fell to the ground after having split the uprights, sophomore kicker Max Skirkanich - whose right foot had just booted the ball through those goalposts in the waning seconds of regulation - had been swarmed under a mass of ecstatic Tuscarora teammates as the crowd went wild.

Loudoun Valley senior Jordan Miller slams it home for two of his game-high 28 points versus Briar Woods.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

MORE PHOTOS: Loudoun Valley pulls away from Briar Woods in season opener

The reigning VHSL Class 4 state champion Loudoun Valley Vikings tipped off their 2017-2018 season Friday night with a road contest at Briar Woods. The Vikings made a successful debut, pulling away in the second half for a 76-48 win versus the host Falcons in Ashburn. George Mason University commit Jordan Miller led the way for the Vikings with 28 points.

The Tuscarora Huskies will aim to win their first state title Saturday versus Highland Springs.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

VHSL state football championship game schedule

The championship game pairings are set for each of the six Virginia High School League classifications. All six state championship games will be contested Saturday at three venues. Tuscarora High School will face Highland Springs in the Class 5 title game at Hampton University.

Loudoun Valley’s top five of Peter Morris, Sam Affolder, Colton Bogucki, Jacob Hunter and Connor Wells pose for a photo after wining the VHSL Class 4 state cross-country meet.—File Photo/Mike Walgren

Loudoun Valley races to national cross-country championship

Loudoun Valley High School's boys' cross-country team put an exclamation point on a magical season Saturday at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. The Vikings scored just 89 points - 70 less than runner-up Manlius (N.Y.) - to run away with the national championship.

Briar Woods High School alum Jimmy Grace led the Capital Athletic Conference in scoring during his senior season at Christopher Newport University.—Photo Courtesy/Patrick Dubois, CNU OCPR

College Corner: Grace repeats as conference’s top soccer player

Christopher Newport University senior midfielder Jimmy Grace earned Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors in men's soccer for second consecutive year. Look inside for more on Grace, along with entries highlighting Connor Jessop, Wanya Allen, Brandon Grayson, George Cross V and Daniel Smith.

The Tuscarora Huskies are one win away from advancing to the VHSL Class 5 state championship game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

VHSL state football semifinal schedule

The Tuscarora Huskies are one of 24 teams that will be in action Saturday during the semifinal round of the Virginia High School League state football playoffs. Semifinal games will be played in six classifications, with the winners advancing to state championship games.

High Schools

Briar Woods

Broad Run




John Champe

Loudoun Co.

Loudoun Valley

Park View

Potomac Falls


Rock Ridge

Stone Bridge




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