Category Archives: Schools

School-related sports and event coverage with photo galleries

2017.01.11 Boys Basketball: Rock Ridge @ Heritage

Leesburg, VA (January 11, 2017) – With just a month left in the regular season, it's becoming clear that Loudoun Valley is the cream of the Conference 21 crop. But both Heritage and Rock Ridge are having solid seasons, and both are battling for the second position in the standings. On this night, the Phoenix…
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2017.01.09 Boys Basketball: Loudoun Valley @ John Champe

Aldie, VA (January 9, 2017) – On a cold winter's night, a veteran and balanced Loudoun Valley Vikings boys basketball team travelled to John Champe to meet an aggressive, but younger team of Knights. The first quarter was fairly even with the home team feeding off a boisterous crowd, but by the time the first half ended Loudoun…
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2016.11.18 Football: Albemarle @ Potomac Falls, 5A North Quarterfinal

Sterling, VA (November 18, 2016) – This 5A North playoff matchup looked to be a good one with the home-standing Potomac Falls Panthers, seeded fourth, facing the fifth seed Albemarle Patriots. The Panthers were coming off a solid opening round victory over Orange County while the Patriots had advanced by defeating Falls Church. Chas Sumser Photography…
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2016.11.15 Volleyball: Courtland @ Loudoun County, 4A State Semifinal

Leesburg, VA (November 15, 2016) – On their way to the 4A West regional championship the Loudoun County Raiders had faced little resistance. After Millbrook, who took two games in the quarterfinal, the Raiders had not lost a single set. Surely, this state semi-final matchup with the Courtland Cougars would be different. Chas Sumser Photography was…
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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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2016.11.11 Football: Tuscarora @ Broad Run, 5A North Quarterfinal

Ashburn, VA (November 11, 2016) – The Broad Run Spartans scored a huge victory by beating the Tuscarora Huskies at Fortune Field in the last game of the season. At the time, no one expected them to meet in the first round of the regional playoffs, but here they were. Only this time they were in Ashburn, not…
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2016.10.11 Volleyball: Massaponax @ Tuscarora, 5A North Semifinal

Leesburg, VA (November 10, 2016) – Another first for Tuscarora volleyball as the Huskies hosted the Massaponax Panthers in the 5A North regional semi-finals. The winner would not only get to play in the region final, but they would earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. Both would be firsts again for the girls from…
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2016.11.09 Volleyball: Albemarle @ Tuscarora, 5A North Quarterfinal

Leesburg, VA (November 9, 2016) – The Tuscarora Huskies had been in regional playoffs in many other sports, but this was the first time ever for volleyball. That might explain why the team looked nervous, tentative, and tight in the first set. Their opponent, the Albemarle Patriots, was just the opposite. They stormed on to…
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2016.11.03 Volleyball: Potomac Falls @ Tuscarora, Conf. 14 Final

Leesburg, VA (November 3, 2016) – The gym was surprisingly empty when the Conference 14 volleyball championship began. Only a hearty band from the JV team huddled together on the Potomac Falls side and a bigger (but not big) and rowdy group of students and parents partially filled the home bleachers of Tusacrora. Perhaps the initially low turnout was because…
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2016.11.02 Cross Country: 4A West Championships

Winchester, VA (November 2, 2016) – Not as steep as "the Hill" at Oatlands, the hill on the Kernstown Battlefield course is longer--and the runners have to do it twice. Granted, the finish is a fast downhill, but on an Indian Summer afternoon that last bit could only provide so much relief to the exhausted runners. Loudoun Valley's…
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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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2016.10.26 Cross Country: Conf. 21 East Championships

Ashburn, VA (October 26, 2016) – Upon first arrival at the Rock Ridge cross country course, it's hard to see where a beautiful route exists. Surrounded by rapidly expanding housing and school facilities you would guess that the 5k trek is mostly on roads and through neighborhoods. You would be wrong. On this hidden gem…
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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: Loudoun County @ Broad Run

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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2016.10.17 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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2016.10.15 Cross Country: Third Battle Invitational

Winchester, VA (October 15, 2016) – A spectacular autumn day greeted the runners and spectators at the 2016 Third Battle Invitational. Many of the same teams competed at Glory Days a week earlier, and you could tell that both competitors and spectators were glad for the lack of rain and mud on this rolling course in…
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2016.10.14 Football: Edison @ Tuscarora

Leesburg, VA (October 14, 2016) – It's finally starting to feel like cool football weather is coming, but the night was still plenty warm for the Tuscarora Huskies as they hosted the Edison Eagles. Coming off a huge win over Potomac Falls, and looking forward to a big game against Stone Bridge, it would have been easy for…
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2016.10.08 Cross Country: Glory Days Invitational

Manassas, VA (October 8, 2016) – Rain fell for the entirety of nine races, from freshman boys to seeded varsity girls. The weather dampened no spirits or competitive fire, but certainly muddied a few runners from socks to singlets. With many top Loudoun runners missing, the meet lacked the star power of previous iterations, but still gave…
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2016.09.29 Volleyball: Tuscarora @ Broad Run

Ashburn, VA (September 29, 2016) – The tightly packed race in Conference 14 volleyball had Broad Run slightly ahead of Tuscarora in league play. The Huskies sported a better overall record, but their two conferences losses and record of 2-1 put them behind the Spartans who were 1-1 in conference as the match began. There is still a…
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