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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.

Kevin McCandless practices his setting technique prior to a match during his senior season at Rutgers-Newark.—Courtesy Photo

McCandless caps impressive college volleyball career

Kevin McCandless is the average post-graduate college student. He enjoys the finer points of life, enjoying summer vacation while job-hunting for a career as a software developer. To the naked eye, the 6-foot-3 Leesburg native and Heritage High School graduate is just a normal guy in his early 20s. But one look at McCandless’ trophy case will prove otherwise.

Coastal Carolina sophomore Zack Hopeck earned the start for the opening game of the 2016 College World Series finals. Hopeck said of the experience, “You get to play on a stage like this, it’s just second to none. It’s awesome. It’s unbelievable.”—Photo Courtesy/Coastal Carolina athletics

Heritage grad Zack Hopeck helps Coastal Carolina win College World Series

From Heritage High School to the biggest stage of college baseball. Sophomore righty Zack Hopeck started game one of the 2016 College World Series finals for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Three days later, Hopeck and his Coastal Carolina teammates were hoisting the championship trophy.

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.

VHSCA Group 4A All-State boys’ soccer team

Arturo Jimenez of Park View High School has been selected as Coach of the Year on the 2016 Virginia High School Coaches Association Group 4A All-State boys' soccer team. Jimenez guided the Patriots to the Virginia 4A state championship this spring.

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.

All-Conference 21-B girls’ soccer team

Loudoun County High School junior forward Allyson Brown is the Player of the Year on the 2016 Conference 21-B girls' soccer team. Kirk Smith of Loudoun County was selected as Coach of the Year. Dominion, Heritage, Loudoun Valley, Park View and Rock Ridge are also represented.

All-Conference 21-B baseball team

Loudoun County High School swept top honors on the 2016 All-Conference 21-B baseball team. Raider sophomore Will Schroeder is the Player of the Year and Nick Price is the Coach of the Year. Dominion, Heritage, Loudoun Valley and Rock Ridge are also represented.

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 Park View Patriots are Conference 21-B boys’ soccer tournament champions.—Times-Mirror/Andrew Gillis

Park View strikes twice late to claim conference crown

Park View High School soccer chants could be heard across Leesburg. “Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole!” The chants carried from the field to the bus, heard as the team headed back to Sterling.

The Loudoun County Raiders are Conference 21-B baseball tournament champions.—Times-Mirror/Jason S. Rufner

Raiders win Leesburg showdown to wear conference baseball crown

After five and a half innings of an emotional seesaw of a ballgame, a three-run sixth decided matters in the Loudoun County Raiders' 7-5 home victory May 24 against crosstown rival Heritage for the Conference 21-B baseball tournament championship.

The Loudoun County Raiders are Conference 21-B girls’ soccer tournament champions.—Times-Mirror/Michael Marzzacco

Loudoun County shuts out Heritage in conference title game

Familiar foes squared off in the Conference 21-B girls' soccer championship game May 24 as the Loudoun County Raiders hosted the Heritage Pride. The Leesburg schools were facing each other for the eighth time since the start of the 2015 season.

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.

Rock Ridge girls, Valley boys lead pack at Conference 21-B track and field meet

The Loudoun Valley Vikings and the host Rock Ridge Phoenix each won team titles at the Conference 21-B track and field championships May 16-17 in Ashburn. Loudoun County placed second in both the boys' and girls' team standings.

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