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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.

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.

Freedom posts another shutout in 14-0 win over Park View

Another game, another shutout. After producing the first-ever shutout in program history in a season-opening win, the Freedom Eagles held the Park View Patriots off the scoreboard in a 14-0 victory Sept. 9 at Eric J. Olsen Memorial Stadium in South Riding.

2016 Freedom Eagles football preview

Sean Curry's first season as head coach at Freedom was about the "little victories." One of those surfaced in a lopsided loss to a Woodgrove team that featured more seniors than Freedom had players in uniform for the game. Freedom produced an eight-minute drive in the game, a little victory for a building team. There was also actual victories in 2015 as the Eagles set a program record with four wins.

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.

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