Category Archives: Basketball

2017.12.12 Boys Basketball: Tuscarora @ Heritage

Leesburg, VA (Leesburg 12, 2017) – The Heritage Pride took the opening tipoff down the court and quickly hit a three for an opening lead. They maintained that lead through the first quarter by keeping the Tuscarora Huskies off balance and hustling like crazy. And then the Huskies showed up. Hitting multiple shots from beyond the…
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2017.12.08 Girls Basketball: Briar Woods @ Rock Ridge

Ashburn, VA (December 8, 2017) – Toughened up from a game earlier in the week against Heritage, the Briar Woods Falcons came out ready to play. With consistent shooting and solid defense--and three three-pointers from Ashton Keilholtz--they dominated the Rock Ridge Phoenix on their home court. The first quarter score of 10-5 was a good reflection…
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2017.12.07 Girls Basketball: Stuart @ Park View

Sterling, VA (December 7, 2017) – The home team got off to a very slow start, and it looked like the Stuart Raiders might win just as easily as their JV team had earlier in the evening. But midway through the first quarter, the Park View Patriots switched to a full-court, pressing defense and everything evened…
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2017.12.05 Girls Basketball: Briar Woods @ Heritage

Leesburg, VA (December 5, 2017) – Lots can happen in a long regular season, and early games don't always mean much. But if this matchup between the Heritage Pride and visiting Briar Woods Falcons is any indication, the home team is headed for good things. With three minutes to go in the first quarter, Briar Woods…
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10 Things I Know About Sports Photography: Basketball

This is the third in a series of posts about things I've learned over the past five years of photographing high school sports. The availability and relatively lower cost of good quality gear has seen the number of sideline photographers increase. I often give people--especially yearbook and school paper photographers--tips to help them get the best…
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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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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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2017.02.07 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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2017.01.27 Girls Basketball: Brentsville @ Riverside

Lansdowne, VA (January 27, 2017) – As the regular season winds down, Riverside is in a battle for a top seed in the Conference 28 playoffs. Brentsville, the night's opponent, sat on top of the standings with a 13-4 record while the Rams, Culpeper County and William Monroe are right on the Tigers' tails. With only a few…
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