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Josi Williams delivered four service points and scooped seven digs in Loudoun County’s straight-set win versus Dominion.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s Varsity Volleyball Rewind: Sept. 22-27 matches

The Loudoun County Raiders improved to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in conference play following a 25-8, 25-9, 25-14 home victory against the Dominion Titans on Tuesday night in Leesburg. Hailey Rubino and Hannah Aycock combined for 24 kills as 10 Raiders factored in the stat sheet. Look inside for more about Loudoun County's win, along with submitted stats from Briar Woods and Stone Bridge.

Senior Mason Gryniuk and the Woodgrove Wolverines lead the 4A West Region in the VHSL power ratings.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

VHSL football power ratings

The Woodgrove Wolverines sit atop the 4A West Region in the Virginia High School League football power ratings. Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge are second and third in the 5A North Region. Overall, eight Loudoun teams would qualify for the postseason if the playoffs started this week. Joining Woodgrove, Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge on the right side of the playoff bubble are Broad Run, Dominion, Heritage, John Champe and Tuscarora.

Broad Run seniors Brandon Gonzalez and Meech Hembry celebrate Hembry’s second touchdown as the Spartans defeated the Briar Woods Falcons, 36-21, in Ashburn.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Broad Run runs past rival Briar Woods

Broad Run needed a response. After scoring its second touchdown of the second half, Briar Woods trailed by just eight with plenty of time for another if it could get a stop on defense. Fortunately for the host Spartans, there was little doubt that they would get it and possibly even less about who would be responsible for it. Senior Meech Hembry scored on a 20-yard run with 3:05 left to give Broad Run the insurance touchdown it needed in a 36-21 win over crosstown rival Briar Woods on Friday night.
Russell Blackwell

Varsity Football Player of the Week: Russell Blackwell

Woodgrove High School student-athlete Russell Blackwell is our Varsity Football Player of the Week for the fourth week of the 2016 season. Blackwell is a senior wide receiver for coach Mike Skinnner and the unbeaten Wolverines.

Briar Woods places first at Conference 14 golf tournament

The Briar Woods Falcons shot a four-player total of 321 at 1757 Golf Club in Dulles to edge Tuscarora and Stone Bridge by one stroke for the team crown Sept. 21 at the Conference 14 golf tournament. Tuscarora freshman Michael Brennan shot a 1-under par round of 71 to claim low medalist honors.

Briar Woods sophomore Jewel Clark slammed four kills and produced two blocks Sept. 20 in a four-set victory against Stone Bridge.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: Sept. 15-20 events

Briar Woods kept its unbeaten record intact with a 19-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-22 win versus Stone Bridge in varsity volleyball Tuesday night in Ashburn. The Conference 14 showdown featured the last two Virginia 5A state champions - Stone Bridge in 2015 and Briar Woods in 2014. Look inside for submitted scores, stats and recaps from football, golf and volleyball.

Riverside freshman Chloe Ramirez crossed the finish line first in the Varsity ‘B’ girls race at the Oatlands Invitational.—Times-Mirror/Bill Clare

Loudoun Valley boys run to Oatlands Invitational title

Eight races. More than 2,000 runners representing high schools from seven states. The 2016 Oatlands Invitational was once again a big hit Sept. 17 at historic Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg. The Loudoun Valley Vikings easily paced the boys' field in the Varsity 'A' race. The Vikings placed five runners in the top 45, highlighted by junior Peter Morris crossing the finish line second.
Michael McCarthy

Varsity Football Player of the Week: Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy of Briar Woods High School is our Varsity Football Player of the Week for the third week of the 2016 season. McCarthy is a senior offensive and defensive lineman for coach Charlie Pierce and the Falcons.

Briar Woods High School volleyball players rejoice following the Falcons’ five-set victory over the Loudoun County Raiders.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Briar Woods goes distance to earn first-ever win over Loudoun County

History was made Sept. 6 when the Briar Woods Falcons defeated the Loudoun County Raiders for the first time ever in varsity volleyball. It almost wasn't. The Group 5A Conference 14 Falcons (6-0) earned a five-set win over the Group 4A Conference 21-B Raiders (2-1), 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 14-25, 16-14.

Briar Woods vs. South County football stats

Jack McDaniels connected with Dillon Spalding for a 60-yard touchdown pass with 1:56 left in regulation to lift South County to a 27-23 victory over host Briar Woods on Sept. 2 in Ashburn. South County wins its season opener, while Briar Woods slips to 1-1 overall.
Ryan Burns and Trace McSorley

Local pair to start at QB for college teams

A pair of former Loudoun standouts – Ryan Burns and Trace McSorley – will start at quarterback for Bowl Championship Series programs to begin the 2016 college football season. Burns, a Stone Bridge High School alum, will start Stanford University's season opener versus Kansas State, while McSorley, a Briar Woods alum, has earned the starting nod for Pennsylvania State University's opener versus Kent State.

Briar Woods senior Ben Maffe runs into a group of Tuscarora defenders during a season-opening match-up between the Group 5A schools Aug. 26. Maffe scored the first touchdown in the Falcons’ 21-0 victory.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

Falcons fly high: Briar Woods shuts out Tuscarora (photos added)

The Briar Woods Falcons unleashed a smothering defense and emerging ground game to defeat the Tuscarora Huskies, 21-0, at home Aug. 26 in Brambleton, marking the start of what’s sure to be an intense and competitive 2016 varsity football season in Loudoun County. The Falcons avenged last year’s season-opening loss to the Huskies utilizing a strong mix of running, passing and trickery.

2016 Briar Woods Falcons football preview

For the Briar Woods football program, this season is about a change in culture, a change in leadership and, the Falcons hope, a change in results. History suggests the results can be excellent. Briar Woods won three straight state championships from 2010 to 2012 and reached the Virginia 5A title game in 2013. More recently, however, is last year's excruciating 3-8 campaign, with three Falcon losses coming by a touchdown or less.

Briar Woods midfielder/forward Hannah Hooper netted the lone goal in the Falcons’ 1-0 victory versus host Rock Ridge on Aug. 22 in Ashburn.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Varsity field hockey hits ground running

On Aug. 22, the sports pantheon of Loudoun County grew by one. For this new sport's players and coaches, the first games of public high school varsity field hockey were a long time coming. Freshly painted boundary lines graced the field of Ashburn's Rock Ridge High School, the site of two Opening Night showdowns. New goalie nets, seven feet tall and 12 feet wide, sat at both ends.

The Potomac Falls Panthers travel to Ashburn to face the Broad Run Spartans in both teams’ season opener.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

2016 Varsity Football Schedule

The wait is nearly over as the opening night of the 2016 varsity football season is less than six weeks away. Regular season play kicks off Aug. 26 with 14 of Loudoun's 15 public high schools in action. Week 1 features four games pitting Loudoun teams versus each other. John Champe hosts Woodgrove, Riverside hosts Rock Ridge, Briar Woods hosts Tuscarora and Broad Run plays host to Potomac Falls.

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