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Field hockey: Conference 21 tournament bracket

The postseason for field hockey - a first-year varsity sport for Loudoun County Public Schools - begins Oct. 24 with first-round action in the Conference 21 tournament. No. 1 seed Heritage and No. 2 seed Woodgrove earned first-round byes in the six-team tournament.

VHSL football power ratings: Oct. 19

The Woodgrove Wolverines remain atop the 4A West Region in the latest Virginia High School League football power ratings. Dominion sits fourth in 4A West, while Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge are third and fourth in the 5A North Region. Overall, 10 Loudoun teams would qualify for the postseason if the playoffs started this week.

Senior Vashon McCants produced another big effort offensively to help lead Dominion past John Champe 32-18.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Dominion tops John Champe for fourth consecutive win

The Dominion Titans extended their winning streak to four with a 32-18 victory over the host John Champe Knights on Oct. 14 in Aldie. Senior quarterback Vashon McCants tossed two touchdown passes, and ran for another score in the win. Dominion (6-2) scored 17 points in the first quarter to carry a 17-6 advantage into halftime. John Champe (5-2) twice pulled within a score in the second half, only to see Dominion answer each time.

The Briar Woods Falcons earned local bragging rights following their first-place performance at the LCPS Cheer Championships.—Courtesy Photo

Briar Woods claims top spot at LCPS Cheer Championships

The gymnasium inside Park View High School in Sterling was the place to be Wednesday night for competition cheer fans as enthusiastic cheers bounced between supporters in the stands and the stars of the show, the varsity cheerleaders. Each cheer team rumbled, danced, chanted and produced pyramids as part of the 2016 Loudoun County Public Schools Cheer Championships.

Eli Newman shot 72 for the 4A West Region champion Heritage Pride.—File Photo/Bill Clare

4A West Region Golf Tournament results

The Heritage Pride displayed consistency throughout their lineup to claim the team championship at the 4A West Region Golf Tournament, contested Oct. 4 at Algonkian Golf Course in Sterling. The Pride shot a four-player total of 298 to edge E.C. Glass by one stroke. William Byrd, Loudoun Valley and Jefferson Forest placed third through fifth, each finishing within six strokes of Heritage.

VHSL football power ratings

The Woodgrove Wolverines continue to sit atop the 4A West Region in the latest Virginia High School League football power ratings. Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge are second and third in the 5A North Region. Overall, nine Loudoun teams would qualify for the postseason if the playoffs started this week.

Dominion High School’s volleyball team will host the third annual Military and First Responders Appreciation Night on Oct. 4 in the school gymnasium.—Courtesy Photo

Sports Briefs: Norbo moves up coaching ranks

Loudoun Valley High School alum Nate Norbo has been hired as an assistant coach for the Dartmouth College men's lacrosse program. Look inside for more on Norbo, along with Dominion volleyball to host Military and First Responders Night; Zachary Buck commits to Holy Cross baseball; and Pro wrestling coming to Leesburg.

Heritage coach Matt Swartz and Pride golfers Garrett Ganley and Nick Rentsch watch the action unfold at the Conference 21-B golf tournament.—Times-Mirror/Bill Clare

Heritage goes low at Conference 21-B golf tournament

The Heritage Pride continued their stellar season Sept. 22 at the Conference 21-B golf tournament. Nick Rentsch, Eli Newman, Garrett Ganley and Hayden Miller each shot rounds in the 70s on the Loudoun Golf and Country Club par 72 course in Purcellville to win the team championship. Loudoun Valley junior Ryan Hammer earned low medalist honors at the conference tourney for a second straight year.

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.

Senior QB Mike Kovich and the Woodgrove Wolverines moved to 4-0 this season following a 24-14 victory against Dominion.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Woodgrove overcomes halftime deficit to defeat Dominion (photos added)

Trailing 14-10 after two quarters, the Woodgrove Wolverines regrouped at halftime and scored the game's final 14 points to earn a 24-14 hard-fought victory over the host Dominion Titans on Sept. 16 in Sterling. After struggling to contain the speed and elusiveness of Dominion quarterback Vashon McCants in the first half, Woodgrove found the defensive cohesion necessary to shut out the Titans in the second half and remain undefeated.

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.

Skyline Golf Invitational results

Loudoun Valley, Woodgrove and Loudoun County occupied spots two through four in the standings at the 15-team Skyline Golf Invitational. Jefferson Forest finished 13 strokes clear of the field to win the team title Sept. 13 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal.

Potomac Falls junior Jordan Day takes a handoff from quarterback Hunter Lawall as the Panthers defeated the host Titans, 15-7, Sept. 2 in Sterling.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Potomac Falls makes early lead stand in win over Dominion (photos added)

The Potomac Falls Panthers’ pounced early on offense, then let their defense take over in a 15-7 win versus the host Dominion Titans in a Sept. 2 match-up of Sterling schools. Potomac Falls scored all 15 of its points in the first quarter and the Panther defense made the lead stand. Potomac Falls (2-0) defeated its neighborhood rival for the fourth consecutive time, once again limiting Dominion (1-1) to seven points or less.

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.


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