Monthly Archives: February 2017

2017.02.24 Boys Basketball: Handley @ Loudoun Valley, 4A West Final

Purcellville, VA (February 24, 2017) – Ninety minutes before game time the lines for both teams were wrapped around the building as excited fans waited to get into the Loudoun Valley gymnasium. An hour before game time the stands were completely full inside and the student sections for the Vikings and the Handley judges were rocking.…
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2017.02.23 Girls Basketball: Wakefield @ Tuscarora, 5A North Semifinal

Leesburg, VA (February 23, 2017) – As the 2017 regional tournaments near conclusion there are no longer any heavy favorites. The remaining teams are just too good. For this game, the Tuscarora Huskies had the home court, but that's where their advantage ended. The visiting Wakefield Warriors had earned every right to play, too, and one…
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Photography When You Least Expect It

Over the last few years, I've probably photographed close to 400 events, a thousand different teams and countless athletes. I've been fortunate to have access to some great games and to witness exciting and memorable performances. Many of the photos I take are ordinary, and I never even show or post most of them. Sometimes the…
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2017.02.17 Boys Basketball: Stone Bridge @ Potomac Falls, Conf. 14 Final

Leesburg, VA (February 17, 2017) – The Potomac Falls Panthers finished the regular season on a ten-game winning streak and that streak included two wins over their championship opponent, the Stone Bridge Bulldogs. But the Panthers had barely won their semi-final matchup against Tuscarora, and the Bulldogs had upset higher-seeded Broad Run so perhaps the…
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2017.02.17 Girls Basketball: Briar Woods @ Tuscarora, Conf. 14 Final

Leesburg, VA (February 17, 2017) – They say it's hard to beat a team three times in one season. That was the task for top-seeded Tuscarora Huskies as they hosted the Briar Woods Falcons for the Conference 14 tournament championship. The Huskies won a close one in January and then easily dispatched the Falcons two weeks…
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2017.02.16 Boys Basketball: Heritage @ Loudoun Valley, Conf. 21B Final

Purcellville, VA (February 16, 2017) – The Loudoun Valley Vikings entered the game with a regular season championship already in hand and a record only blemished once -- by Heritage, their championship opponent. The Pride had every right to be confident as they finished with a conference record identical to the Vikings at 9-1. However, Loudoun…
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2017.02.14 Boys Basketball: Rock Ridge @ Heritage, Conf. 21B Semifinal

Leesburg, VA (February 14, 2017) – Playoff intensity filled the gym as the second and third seeded teams were set to vie for a spot in the Conference 21B boys basketball final. The Heritage Pride and the Rock Ridge Phoenix had played twice in January. The Pride won both games, but the outcomes were close enough that…
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2017.02.14 Girls Basketball: Park View @ Heritage, Conf. 21B Semifinal

Leesburg, VA (February 14, 2017) – Coming in to the game, Park View (16-6) held a significantly better overall record than the Heritage Pride (13-9). After one of their best regular seasons ever, the Patriots had rightfully earned some confidence. On the other hand, Heritage had a better conference record which gave them the higher…
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2017.02.10 Girls Basketball: Skyline @ Riverside, Conf. 28 Quarterfinal

Lansdowne, VA (February 10, 2017) – The Riverside Lady Rams entered the conference tournament with the fourth seed, home court advantage and high hopes of advancing well into the postseason. In their way were the visiting Skyline Hawks. The game started well enough for the Rams as they held a slim lead early in the first quarter.…
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2017.02.08 Gymnastics: VHSL 4A-5A North Regional Championships

Sterling, VA (February 8, 2017) – Eleven LCPS high schools were represented at the 2017 5A North Regional gymnastics championships including host Park View. Freedom's defending state champion Sydney Wrighte captured top honors in Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor Exercise and All Around. Joining Wrighte on the All Around podium was Woodgrove's River Stone, in fourth place,…
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2017.02.07 Boys Basketball: Loudoun Valley @ Loudoun County

Leesburg, VA (February 7, 2017) – In other years, a late-season matchup between Loudoun Valley and Loudoun County would be on everyone's must-see list in front of a packed house and competing hype squads. But this time around the Vikings are fighting for the top seed in the conference tournament while the Raiders are likely to get…
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2017.02.03 Boys Basketball: Freedom @ John Champe

Aldie, VA (February 3, 2017) – What could be better? In the final matchup of the season, in front of a packed crowd, rivals Freedom and John Champe had the title at stake. The Eagles sported a better overall record, but there was no separation in conference standings--and the Knights had home court advantage. Jeremy Cofield (2) Chas Sumser…
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2017.02.03 Girls Basketball: Freedom @ John Champe

Aldie, VA (February 3, 2017) – With their lineup depleted due to injury, the John Champe Knights knew that their matchup with the conference-leading Freedom Eagles was going to be tough. They probably didn't know just how tough it would be. Grace Howell (24) From the outset, it was all Freedom. In fact, the score at the…
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