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Sitting, from left, are McKayla Beal, Lauren Kelly and Rayven Conner, with Briar Woods coach Ann Vierkorn in back.—Courtesy Photo

Briar Woods trio sign to play college soccer

Three members of Briar Woods High School's varsity girls' soccer program have signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level. All three Falcon seniors are headed to NCAA Division I programs.

Colin Shutler with Loudoun Soccer club coaches Mark Ryan and John O’Hara.—Courtesy Photo

Briar Woods’ Shutler to continue soccer career at Virginia

Briar Woods High School senior Colin Shutler has signed his letter of intent to attend and play NCAA Division I soccer at the University of Virginia, beginning in the fall of 2016.

Brandon Steel of Broad Run High School works toward a pin of Tuscarora’s Collin Smith in the 182-pound final.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Broad Run claims Conference 14 wrestling crown

A balanced effort lifted Broad Run High School to the team championship at the Group 5A Conference 14 wrestling tournament Feb. 6 at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn. Tuscarora placed second in the team standings, followed by Stone Bridge, Potomac Falls and Briar Woods.

Bethany Gatlin of Briar Woods High School rejoices after winning the girls’ 200-yard individual medley race at the Conference 14 swim meet.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Briar Woods sweeps Conference 14 swim crowns

The Briar Woods Falcons swept both sides of the Conference 14 swim championships Jan. 30 at Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling, as their boys and girls both emerged comfortably atop the five-team standings. In total, the Falcons won nine of the meet's 16 individual titles and took first in three of six relay events.

Loudoun’s Varsity Basketball Standings

Tuscarora High School sits atop the Conference 14 standings in both boys' and girls' basketball. Freedom girls, John Champe boys, Loudoun County girls, Loudoun Valley boys and Woodgrove girls are also undefeated in their respective conference play.

Tuscarora junior Tique Yarbrough flushes home a dunk against Briar Woods as the Huskies defeated the Falcons, 96-70, Tuesday night in Leesburg.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Tuscarora sprints past Briar Woods to stay hot

The Tuscarora Huskies scored no fewer than 20 points in every quarter on their way to a 96-70 toppling of visiting Briar Woods in Conference 14 boys' basketball action Jan. 19. The Huskies chalked up their 16th win in 17 outings this season, while the Falcons fell to 6-8.

Marsha Hermes talks to her players during a break in the action.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Hermes resigns as Briar Woods volleyball coach

Marsha Hermes has resigned her position as head volleyball coach at Briar Woods High School after three seasons. Hermes was tabbed VHSL 5A Coach of the Year in 2014 after guiding the Falcons to their first state volleyball championship.

VHSL Group 5A All-State football team

Briar Woods, Broad Run, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora are each represented on the 2015 VHSL Group 5A All-State football team. Highland Springs senior Greg Dortch and coach Loren Johnson claimed top honors.

Broad Run players and coaches rush the field after winning the 2015 Virginia 5A girls’ soccer championship game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

State Champions: 12 Loudoun schools have combined to win 99 titles

Loudoun County public high schools have combined for 99 Virginia High School League state championships in team sports. Broad Run, which opened in 1969, owns the most state championships with 16.

Trace McSorley led Penn State on a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives after replacing injured starter Christian Hackenberg.—Photo Courtesy/Penn State Athletics

McSorley throws two TD passes in first extensive action for Penn State

Trace McSorley piloted Briar Woods High School to three state championships as a four-year starter at quarterback. Now a redshirt freshman at Penn State, McSorley received his first extensive collegiate action Jan. 2 in the TaxSlayer Bowl versus Georgia.

VHSL Group 5A All-State volleyball team

Potomac Falls High School senior Holly Carlton is the Player of the Year on the 2015 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State volleyball team. Linda Lachey-Helms garnered Coach of the Year honors after guiding Potomac Falls to the 5A North Region title and its first state championship appearance.

Freedom advanced a wrestler to the final in seven of 14 weight classes on its way to winning the team crown at the LCPS Wrestling Championships.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Freedom shows the way at LCPS Wrestling Championships

With five individual champions and two more finalists, the Freedom Eagles edged the Woodgrove Wolverines for the team title at the 2015 Loudoun County Public Schools Wrestling Championships, contested Dec. 18-19 at Rock Ridge High School.

VHSL 5A North All-Region Volleyball Team

Potomac Falls senior Holly Carlton is the Player of the Year on the VHSL 5A North Region volleyball team. Linda Lachey-Helms was selected Coach of the Year after guiding Potomac Falls to its first-ever state championship appearance. State champion Stone Bridge, along with Briar Woods and Broad Run, are also represented.

Weini Kelati of Heritage High School crossed the finish line first in the VHSL 4A girls’ race to help lead the Pride to their first-ever state championship as a team.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

A quartet of Loudoun teams, three individuals run to state titles

There's a cross-country boon going on right now in Loudoun County. Four local high school teams - Loudoun Valley's boys, Heritage's girls, Tuscarora's girls and Stone Bridge's boys - raced to state championships under a breezy blue sky Nov. 13 at Great Meadow in The Plains.

Broad Run junior Meech Hembry slips through a hole during one of his 19 carries. Hembry rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns in the Spartans’ win.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

Complete effort lifts Spartans past Falcons

The Broad Run Spartans scored three unanswered touchdowns to close out a 44-17 victory against the Briar Woods Falcons in the first round of the 5A North Region playoffs Nov. 13 in Ashburn. Broad Run's victory, coupled with Stone Bridge's 49-13 win versus Orange County, sets up a much anticipated rematch between the Ashburn rivals Nov. 20 in the regional quarterfinals.



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