Category Archives: Performance

Sports and event coverage with photo galleries

A New Sport to Photograph

An Ultimate player makes a fingertip catch Over the last several years, I have photographed hundreds of events across a wide variety of sports. Each time I encounter a new one, I have to try to understand the nuances that make that sport unique in order to photograph it well. Finding the right angles and positions…
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2016.07.14 Special: Best of 2015-16 High School Sports

Ashburn, VA (July 14, 2016) – It's been a true privilege to photograph high school sports in Loudoun County for the last four years. I've witnessed breathtaking moments, heartbreaking disappointments, thrilling victories, and stunning upsets. I've seen great team victories and brilliant individual championships. I've sat in a field bundled up waiting for cross country racers to…
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Girl Power

When I was in high school myself, forty years ago, the number of sports available to girls was small and participation was low. As I remember it, there was field hockey, basketball, softball, track and tennis, but that's about it. All of these sports were underfunded and under-publicized, and their athletes, while talented in their…
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2016.06.11 Girls Soccer: Mills Godwin @ Tuscarora, 5A State Final

Fairfax, VA (June 11, 2016) – As the final representative from Loudoun County high schools, the Tuscarora Huskies girls soccer team was one of the eight in all sports that made it all the way to the 2016 VHSL championship game. Their opponent, the feisty Mills Godwin Eagles, were waiting. Chas Sumser was there to cover the…
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2016.06.07 Boys Lacrosse: Hanover @ Dominion, 4A State Semfinal

Sterling, VA (June 7, 2016) – The Hanover Hawks visited the Dominion Titans with the winner advancing to the 4A State championship game. Chas Sumser was there to cover the action and posted a gallery of 111 images. The Titans jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, and it looked like this was going to be a blowout. But…
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2016.06.01 Girls Soccer: John Champe @ Loudoun County, 4A West Final

Leesburg, VA (June 1, 2016) – Gradually, the number of teams eligible to continue playing in the 2016 Virginia playoffs is narrowing. John Champe visited Loudoun County for a coveted spot in the 4A West regional final and a guaranteed trip to the state tournament. Chas Sumser was at the semi-final meeting to cover the action and…
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2016.05.31 Boys Lacrosse: Woodgrove @ Freedom, 4A West Semifinal

South Riding, VA (May 31, 2016) – Highly-rated all season, the Woodgrove Wolverines entered Olsen stadium a second seed in the 4A West Regional tournament, but still the favorite. Could the Freedom Eagles, in front of a raucous home crowd, carry over their momentum from their conference championship match? Chas Sumser was there to cover the…
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2016.05.31 Girls Lacrosse: Woodgrove @ Freedom, 4A West Semifinal

South Riding, VA (May 31, 2016) – You don't get to be the two-time defending state champion for nothing, and the Woodgrove Wolverines carried their banners high into this 4A West Regional match. Waiting for them were the undefeated Freedom Eagles, on a bit of a championship high of their own. Chas Sumser was there to cover…
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2016.05.30 Boys Soccer: Fauquier @ Park View, 4A West Quarterfinal

Sterling, VA (May 30, 2016) – After their masterful defeat of top-seeded Heritage in the conference final, Park View's placement in the 4A West Regionals was well-earned. Coming with that placement was a matchup with the less-heralded Fauquier Falcons, the second seed from Conference 22. Chas Sumser was there to cover the action and posted a gallery of 108 images.…
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2016.05.26 Boys Lacrosse: Kettle Run @ Freedom, Evergreen Final

South Riding, VA (May 26, 2016) – Building on a first place regular season finish, the Freedom Eagles were primed for the conference title game. In addition, their girls team had just won the trophy on the same field giving the boys extra incentive. But the Kettle Run Cougars had something to say about the…
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2016.05.26 Girls Lacrosse: John Champe @ Freedom, Evergreen Final

South Riding, VA (May 26, 2016) – In a very even first half, the underdog John Champe Knights managed to stay right with the top-seeded Freedom Eagles. At the break the score was 4-4 and representative of the balance of the match up to that point. Although the Eagles scored quickly to take a 2-0 lead, the…
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2016.05.25 Track & Field: 4A West Championships

South Riding, VA (May 25, 2016) – Freedom High School was the site for high schools around the region to gather for the 2016 4A West Track & Field Championships. Viva Loudoun photographer Chas Sumser was there to capture the competition and posted a photo gallery of 287 images. Links to photos sorted by school are available…
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2016.05.24 Boys Soccer: Park View @ Heritage, Conf. 21B Final

Leesburg, VA (May 24, 2016) – As it should be, the top two teams from the regular season advanced to the 2016 Conference 21B championship game. Top-seeded Heritage's path was surprisingly tough as they beat a plucky Loudoun County squad, 4-3, while Park View more easily defeated Rock Ridge, 5-0. No matter, they're in the…
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2016.05.20 Girls Soccer: Dominion @ Heritage, Conf. 21B Semifinal

Leesburg, VA (May 20, 2016) – Although the Dominion Titans had to play a quarterfinal game to arrive at the higher-seeded Heritage High School, there wasn't much separating the two teams. The Titans finished the regular season 9-7-1 and the Pride had a 6-5-5 record. Heritage won the first meeting, 1-0, but the two teams tied…
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2016.05.20 Boys Soccer: Loudoun County @ Heritage, Conf. 21B Semifinal

Leesburg, VA (May 20, 2016) – Following a huge win on penalties, the Loudoun County Raiders travelled to Heritage High School for a Conference 21B semi-final matchup with the top-seeded Pride. The Raiders were on the short end of both regular season meetings between the two teams, but they carried the momentum from their quarterfinal…
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2016.05.18 Boys Soccer: Tuscarora @ Broad Run, Conf. 14 Semifinal

Ashburn, VA (May 18, 2016) – Finishing second and third in Conference 14 guaranteed a showdown between Broad Run and Tuscarora in the conference tournament semi-finals. The Huskies won the first meeting, 2-0, at home, and the two teams tied, 0-0, in the rematch at Broad Run. Overall, both teams only lost three games each, but the Spartans won…
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2016.05.18 Girls Soccer: Briar Woods @ Broad Run, Conf. 14 Semifinal

Leesburg, VA (May 18, 2016) – Finishing second and third in Conference 14 guaranteed a showdown between Broad Run and Briar Woods in the conference tournament semi-finals. The Falcons won their first meeting, 2-1, on Spartan turf, and the two teams tied, 1-1, in the rematch at Briar Woods setting up what was sure to be…
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2016.05.17 Track & Field: Conf. 21B Championships

Ashburn, VA (May 17, 2016) – Rock Ridge High School hosted track and field teams from around the area for the 2016 Conference 21B Track and Field Championships. The second day included all running events except for the 3200, which was run on Day 1. Viva Loudoun photographer Chas Sumser was there to capture the competition and posted a…
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2016.05.16 Track & Field: Conf. 21B Championships

Ashburn, VA (May 16, 2016) – Rock Ridge High School hosted track and field teams from around the area for the 2016 Conference 21B Track and Field Championships. Field events were held on this day in addition to the running of the boys and girls 3200. Viva Loudoun photographer Chas Sumser was there to capture the field events and…
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2016.05.10 Girls Soccer: Stone Bridge @ Tuscarora

Leesburg, VA (May 10, 2016) – With the playoffs fast approaching, there isn't much separating any of the five teams in Conference 14. In fact, every team sports a winning overall record. And so, when the Stone Bridge Bulldogs met the Tuscarora Huskies it looked like the game could go either way. Chas Sumser was there…
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