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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.

Recent Freedom High School graduate Zachary Collins will join his older sister Arnelle, also a Freedom alum, in playing college basketball.—Courtesy Photo

Collins signs to play basketball at Wheeling Jesuit

Freedom High School class of 2016 graduate Zachary Collins signed a national letter of intent May 31 to attend and play basketball at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. Collins, joined by his family, becomes the first boys' basketball player from Freedom to receive a scholarship and holds several program records.

Participation continues to grow for the annual youth wrestling camp at Freedom High School.—Courtesy Photo

Wrestling camp aims to build passion for the sport

In the heat of summer and in the middle of camp season, thoughts of baseball, football, basketball and many other sports creep into people’s minds. For nearly a decade, Freedom High School has hosted a camp for youth wrestlers across Loudoun County.

VHSL Group 4A All-State soccer teams

Loudoun County High School junior forward Allyson Brown in the Player of the Year on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 4A girls' soccer team. Arturo Jimenez of Park View and Kirk Smith of Loudoun County were selected as Coaches of the Year on the boys' and girls' teams.

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.

Loudoun Valley senior Drew Hunter paced the field in both the 800-meter and 3,200-meter runs at the Group 4A state meet.—File Photo

Viking boys place second; four Loudoun athletes run, jump to state titles

Loudoun Valley High School standout Drew Hunter ran to a pair of titles, while Weini Kelati of Heritage, Lauryn Helstrom of Park View and Mikajah Hayes of Rock Ridge each topped the podium in one event at the VHSL 4A state track and field championships.

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-Conference 22 soccer teams

John Champe High School junior midfielder Blair Thompson is the Player of the Year on the Conference 22 girls' soccer team. Dave Madlin of John Champe earned Coach of the Year honors. Freedom and John Champe are well represented on the boys' and girls' teams.

Freedom’s Meghan Kammerdeiner, left, and Park View’s Tina Adlam compete in the 100-meter dash.—Times-Mirror/Bill Clare

Track and field: 4A West Region meet photos and results

John Champe High School boys and Rock Ridge girls each posted top five team finishes at the 4A West Region track and field championships May 25 at Freedom High School in South Riding. Liberty Christian Academy won the boys' title and E.C. Glass claimed the girls' crown at the regional meet.

The John Champe Knights are Conference 22 girls’ soccer tournament champions.—Times-Mirror/Kevin Connell

John Champe tops Freedom for Conference 22 soccer title

Julie Cumins scored early in the first half and John Champe beat Freedom, 1-0, May 24 in Aldie to win the 4A Conference 22 girls’ soccer tournament championship. In the 15th minute, Cumins calmly buried a left-footed effort on a ball received just outside the 18-yard box to give Champe the game’s lone goal.

From left, Bradley Lau and Michael Zubovich will continue their baseball careers in college.—Courtesy Photo

Freedom baseball aces set for next level

Freedom High School seniors Bradley Lau and Michael Zubovich have both committed to play baseball in college. Lau will play at Penn State Altoona in Pennsylvania and Zubovich is headed to Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.

The Briar Woods Falcons are 2016 Conference 14 baseball tournament champions.—Photo Courtesy/Don Ventrice

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: May 18-20 postseason games

Broad Run boys and Tuscarora girls won Conference 14 soccer tournament championship games Friday night. The match-ups are set for Conference 21-B and Conference 22 tournament championship games, scheduled for Tuesday evening.

Ashlyn Nolan, right, of Rock Ridge competes side-by-side with Sherando’s Davina Lane in the 100-meter hurdles. Lane won the event with a finish time of 15.34 seconds and Nolan (15.50) finished second.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Rock Ridge, Valley lead Loudoun’s charge at Wolverine Track Classic

Loudoun Valley boys and Rock Ridge girls each placed third in their respective team standings at the 2016 Wolverine Track Classic. The 25-school event was contested April 15 at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville.

Tuscarora senior Kyle Copeland elevates toward the rim during the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge slam dunk contest.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Basketball’s big finish: Loudoun falls short versus Fairfax

The last gasp of high school basketball came April 10 at Marshall High School in Falls Church for the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge all-star hoops extravaganza. The event began with a game between standouts from Prince William and Fairfax South, followed by a 3-point and slam dunk competition and rounded off with Fairfax North battling the boys from Loudoun.

Dominion sophomore Catherine Rinek works the ball in the attack zone with Broad Run senior Natalie Purcell defending during the host Titans’ 20-4 victory April 11 in Sterling. Dominion improved to 6-0 this season, with five of those victories by double-digit margins.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: April 9-12 games

Seniors Luke Giroux and Cade Groton combined for seven goals to help lead Stone Bridge to a 14-10 victory against Briar Woods April 12 in a boys' lacrosse match-up of previously undefeated teams. Look inside for scores and submitted recaps from baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis.

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