Category Archives: Briar Woods

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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2017.12.05 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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2017.11.10 Cross Country: VA 4A and 5A State Championships

The Plains, VA (November 10, 2017) – On a brilliant and surprisingly cold November morning, high school cross country teams from all over Virginia met for first day of the state championship races. Loudoun County schools were well represented in the 4A and 5A compeitions. Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion…
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2017.10.25 Cross Country: Potomac District Championships

Leesburg, VA (October 25, 2017) – On a cool, but warmer than usual Autumn afternoon, eight Loudoun County high schools met to decide the Potomac District title in both boys and girls varsity races. Emma Wolcott (490) heads for home Although some teams chose to rest their top runners--giving others the chance to place and medal--there…
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2017.09.23 Cross Country: LCPS Championships

Purcellville, VA (September 23, 2017) – As happened at the Oatlands Invitational, the morning began as part of a beautiful fall weekend. Perfect conditions for a cross country race on an excellent course at Woodgrove High School. The varsity races went off without a hitch, and included the expected Loudoun Valley domination, but as each of…
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2017.09.16 Cross Country: Oatlands Invitational

Leesburg, VA (September 16, 2017) – The Oatlands course is beautiful. Hard, but beautiful. A long, sweeping downhill opens the race, but at the half-mile mark the runners had back virtually the way they came. A quick turn again and they are headed down and through a stream before they are even halfway done with the…
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2017.04.30 Boys Lacrosse: Loudoun County @ Briar Woods

Ashburn, VA (April 30, 2017) – A forty-five minute rain delay created an unusual start time for this highly anticipated matchup of two great LCPS boys lacrosse teams. After a brief thunderstorm that created steamy conditions, the visiting Loudoun County Raiders and the host Briar Woods Falcons went to work at 10:45 on a Saturday morning. Both…
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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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2017.02.08 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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2016.11.12 Volleyball: Briar Woods @ Tuscarora, 5A North Final

Leesburg, VA (November 12, 2016) – During the volleyball regular season, the Briar Woods Falcons had the upper hand, winning twice over the Tuscarora Huskies in four sets each time. But the tables were turned in the first round of the Conference 14 tournament, as Tuscarora won, 3-0, igniting a run all the way to the…
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2016.11.11-12 Cross Country: VA State Championships

The Plains, VA (November 11-12, 2016) – The site of the Virginia State Cross Country Championships could not be more perfect. Sunny, but cool weather invited the finest high school runners in the state to a treat of a course in perfect condition. The 1A, 2A and 3A races were held on Friday, November 11, and the 4A,…
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2016.10.27 Field Hockey: Briar Woods @ Potomac Falls, Conf. 14 Final

Leesburg, VA (October 27, 2016) – When the first ever Conference 14 field hockey tournament bracket was announced, Briar woods had earned a first round bye as the third seed of six teams. But that meant they would likely have to be in the role of underdog by first beating second-seeded Stone Bridge, which they did, and then…
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2016.10.19 Cross Country: LCPS Championships

Leesburg, VA (October 19, 2016) – Postponed from several weeks ago due to rain, the Loudoun County Public Schools Cross Country Championships seemed appropriately placed at the tail end of the season. Beautiful fall foliage highlighted the familiar course, but the hot weather was certainly a surprise for mid October. The girls race was affected by…
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2016.10.17 Field Hockey: Briar Woods @ Woodgrove

Ashburn, VA (October 17, 2016) – All indications are that the inaugural first season of high school field hockey in Loudoun County will be seen as a huge success. The season will wrap up over the next two days with final matches played across the county. Hopefully, the trend of double-headers will continue next season. The four…
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2016.09.17 Cross Country: Oatlands Invitational

Leesburg, VA (September 17, 2016) – A year ago at this time, the setting for the Oatlands Invitational was a good bit different. Oh, the course was the same, but the weather was sunny and hot. Today, a cloudy sky covered the course for all but the final race and temperatures were mild for this…
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2016.09.09 Football: South Lakes @ Briar Woods, Homecoming

Brambleton, VA (September 9, 2016) – An hour before game time the Homecoming stands at Briar Woods were filling up fast. Clad in orange, the Falcon fans were in an early frenzy. As the home team burst through the end zone banner, a "crush" was on the menu. Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action…
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2016.09.01 Field Hockey: Briar Woods @ Tuscarora

Leesburg, VA (September 1, 2016) – After a summer of intense heat and virtually no precipitation, a thirty-minute rain/lightning delay came out of the blue. Literally. But the end result was a bit lower temperature and a little less humidity. Oh, and a nice rainbow to boot. Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and posted…
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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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