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The Loudoun 4-H Canterlopes recently earned the High Point Drill Team Award in the Virginia State 4-H Horse Show Drill Team Competition at the Virginia State Fair.—Courtesy Photo

Canterlopes shine in state competitions

The Loudoun 4-H Canterlopes produced quality results at a pair of recent statewide competitions. Several members earned Reserve Champion in their respective divisions Sept. 14-17 at the Virginia State 4-H Championships Horse Show.

Garrett Batt won a gold medal in taekwondo at the 2017 Pan American Games. Batt outlasted 16-plus athletes in his division, defeating opponents from Puerto Rico, Argentina and Mexico.—Courtesy Photo

Batt takes his attack to the mat

At the age of 9, Garrett Batt tried out a new sport called taekwondo. He and his father, James, hoped it would help the young man find something to calm his emotions and achieve greater discipline. Along the way, he also found a Pan American gold medal, a spot on the U.S. Junior National Team - and that discipline and calmness he was looking for.

Tryouts and announcements: Sept. 26 listings

Dominion High School's volleyball team will host its fourth annual Military and First Responders Appreciation Night on Oct. 5; an information meeting for the Centurions homeschool wrestling team is Sept, 30; and team registration is open for the Central Maryland Soccer Association’s Inaugural Delmarva Soccer Cup.

HP Elite & Beyond 12U boys soccer team.—Courtesy Photo

A summer trip to remember for youth soccer teams

HP Elite & Beyond in Chantilly, through partnership with Loudoun Sports Center, Ecco Advisors and NGS Infonet Inc., sent two select teams on a competitive and cultural tour of Italy in July. A 12U boys team and a 15U girls team from HP Elite & Beyond competed in the San Marino Cup, the largest youth soccer tournament in Italy.
Chase Geter

Geter blazes track for gold

Local youth Chase Geter struck gold in the 100-meter dash in the boys 9-year-old division at the 2017 AAU Junior Olympic Games, contested July 31 through Aug. 5 at Eastern Michigan University. A member of The Mustangs Track Club, Geter posted a winning time of 13.1 seconds in the final.

CJR Martial Arts in Ashburn was well represented by its students at the 35th annual U.S. Capitol Classics/China Open.-Photo Courtesy/Guy Aceto

Team CJR racks up Martial Arts awards

Team CJR, representing CJR Martial Arts in Ashburn, joined thousands of competitors for the 35th annual U.S. Capitol Classics/China Open. The NASKA 6A Martial Arts tournament was contested Aug. 4-5 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

Ashburn Elite athletes and coaches at the AAU National Track & Field Championships.—Courtesy Photo

Local track athletes medal at nationals

Ashburn Elite athletes produced a strong showing at the AAU National Track & Field Championships, combining for seven medals. More than 5,000 youth athletes competed in the championships, contested July 7-15 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida.

Members of Loudoun Soccer’s 98 Red boys team work on a drill during a practice earlier this summer.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

A tight bond for Loudoun 98 Red soccer team

Raw talent, intelligence and athleticism. These traits are often considered the perfect recipe for success in sports. The trait often overlooked is team cohesiveness and friendship: think LeBron James without Dwayne Wade, or Sydney LeRoux sans Alex Morgan. Enter Loudoun Soccer's 98 Red boys club team, who are the perfect example that it doesn’t just take pure ability to achieve lofty goals.

From left: Marjane Coley, Mikajah Hayes, India McNeil and Natalie Barnes of The MVP League.—Courtesy Photo

Combining forces for track and field success

Loudoun Special Forces Track Club athletes Erin Kelly, Erin Irlan, Cullen Capuano, Ryan Thomas, Mikajah Hayes, Kayla Copeland, Natalie Barnes and Sabrina Sokol, and founder/coach Nick Savage have been selected to compete/coach for The MVP League. The newly-formed prestigious club is centrally-based in Lorton to accommodate the rising talent of Virginia.

Adam Jardines, Michael Soltis and Ethan Jardines of Team LoCo Motion.—Courtesy Photo

Scholastic honors for LoCo Motion trio

Three members of Team LoCo Motion have been selected to the 2017 National Rifle Association All-Scholastic Team. Adam Jardines, Michael Soltis and Ethan Jardines earned selection based on achieving excellent scores in recent competitions, standing out academically and outstanding community involvement.

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