Category Archives: Rock Ridge

2017.01.17 Boys Basketball: Rock Ridge @ Loudoun Valley

Purcellville, VA (January 17, 2017) – Entering the Loudoun Valley gym, Rock Ridge knew that this was going to be a tough one. Sporting a solid 10-3 record of their own, the Phoenix hoped to avenge a 32-point loss to Loudoun Valley just ten days earlier. With playoffs looming large, this was their chance to measure…
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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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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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2016.11.02 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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2016.10.26 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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2016.10.15 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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2016.10.08 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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2016.09.20 Volleyball: Rock Ridge @ Loudoun County

Leesburg, VA (September 20, 2016) – Established as a "gold out" by the Loudoun County High School student body in honor of victims of and those suffering from childhood cancers, this match was also a showdown of top teams in Conference 21B. Entering the match, the perennial champion Raiders (6-1) were looking at a tough test from…
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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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2016.09.10 Volleyball: Phoenix Tournament

Ashburn, VA (September 10, 2016) – It was blistering hot outside, but inside it was nice and cool. Perfect for an early season volleyball tournament hosted by Rock Ridge High School. Two Loudoun teams were entered, and each was in a different bracket. Stone Bridge, the seasoned champion and the Phoenix, a rapidly maturing program, were…
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2016.08.26 Football: Rock Ridge @ Riverside

Lansdowne, VA (August 26, 2016) – The opening night for the two newest football programs in Loudoun County was one of high hopes and plenty of optimism on both sides of the field. By game time, despite the sweltering heat, the visitors side was almost as full as the home team side, and the student sections…
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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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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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2016.05.17 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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