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2016 Dominion Titans football preview

Most years, a six-win output gets a football team into the postseason field. Not so for last year's Dominion Titans, whose 6-4 mark was agonizingly short of a coveted playoff ticket. The Titan football team considers the last day in November their birthday. Next birthday, Dominion's ninth-year head coach Karl Buckwalter wants his players too busy to notice.

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.

Loudoun Valley claimed the team title Aug. 12 at the Bryan Gunter Memorial Tournament for a third consecutive year.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun’s Varsity Golf Rewind: Aug. 9-15 events

The 2016 varsity golf season is already in full swing at the midway point of August. Look inside for scores and submitted updates from Dominion, Heritage, Loudoun Valley and Stone Bridge high schools.

Golf: Loudoun Valley tops Dominion in dual match

Loudoun Valley and Dominion high schools competed in a dual match Aug. 8 at Loudoun Golf and Country Club in Purcellville. Loudoun Valley produced a four-player total of 307 on the par 72 course to top Dominion by 20 strokes.

Woodgrove wins Curly Licklider Golf Invitational

The Woodgrove Wolverines shot a six-player total of 469 to win the team title at the 16th annual Curly Licklider Golf Invitational on Aug. 3 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. Dominion placed second and Loudoun Valley finished third in the 16-team tournament.

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.

VHSL Group 4A All-State lacrosse teams

Dominion senior Chris Low and Woodgrove senior Nora Bowen are Players of the Year on the Virginia High School League Group 4A boys' and girls' lacrosse teams after helping their teams win state championships in 2016.

We are the champions! The Dominion Titans put the finishing touches on an unbeaten season with a resounding 17-4 win over Western Albemarle.—Times-Mirror/Jeff Vennitti

Virginia 4A boys lacrosse final: Dominion caps perfect season in style

The unbeaten Dominion Titans cruised to their first state boys' lacrosse championship June 11 with a 17-4 win over Western Albemarle in the Virginia 4A championship game. The Titans pulled away from the Warriors in the second half, scoring 14 of the game’s last 15 goals.

Quick glance: A Loudoun sweep in Virginia 4A state finals

During a 10-hour span Saturday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Woodgrove girls' lacrosse, Woodgrove softball, Dominion boys' lacrosse, Loudoun County girls' soccer and Park View boys' soccer prevailed in Virginia 4A state championship games.

Senior attacker Kyle Duffie, right, rejoices after scoring in overtime to lift Briar Woods to its first Virginia 5A state boys’ lacrosse championship.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Super Saturday: Seven Loudoun teams hoist state championship trophies

Saturday proved to be a day to remember for many local varsity athletes. A total of seven Loudoun teams claimed Virginia High School League state championships. Area teams combined to win four lacrosse titles, two soccer crowns and a softball championship.

Junior midfielder Tori Birks and the Potomac Falls Panthers will play Saturday for the Virginia 5A state girls’ lacrosse championship.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Eight Loudoun varsity teams to play for state championships Saturday

Another outstanding spring season for Loudoun County Public Schools varsity teams will culminate Saturday with eight squads vying for state supremacy. Briar Woods (5A boys lacrosse), Dominion (4A boys lacrosse), Loudoun County (4A girls soccer), Park View (4A boys soccer), Potomac Falls (5A girls lacrosse), Tuscarora (5A girls soccer) and Woodgrove (4A girls lacrosse and softball) will each play in state championship games.

Four Loudoun lacrosse teams punch tickets for state finals

Briar Woods boys and Potomac Falls girls advanced to VHSL 5A state championship games, while Dominion boys and Woodgrove girls claimed spots in the VHSL 4A state finals following state semifinal victories Tuesday night.

The Dominion Titans are 4A North Region boys’ lacrosse champions.—Times-Mirror/Andrew Gillis

Dominion overcomes Freedom’s strong challenge to net regional title

The heavyweight champ was in a corner. With Freedom holding a halftime lead against unbeaten Dominion, the Eagles had the favorites on the ropes. Then the Titans swung back. And again. And again. Aided by six third-quarter goals, Dominion defeated Freedom 13-9 to earn the 4A North Region boys' lacrosse championship Thursday night.

All-Dulles Conference lacrosse teams

Loudoun County senior midfielder Kevin Rogers and Woodgrove senior midfielder Nora Bowen have been selected as Players of the Year on the 2016 All-Dulles Conference boys' and girls' lacrosse teams. Dominion, George Mason, Heritage, Loudoun Valley, Park View, Riverside and Rock Ridge are also represented.

All-Conference 21-B boys’ soccer team

Junior forward Obdulio Funez of Park View High School is the Player of the Year on the 2016 Conference 21-B boys' soccer team. Coach of the Year honors go to Betsy Munson of Heritage. Dominion, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley and Rock Ridge are also represented.

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