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VHSL Group 5A All-State baseball team

Sam Plank is the Coach of the Year on the Virginia High School League Group 5A baseball team after guiding the Bulldogs to a state championship in 2015.

VHSL Group 5A All-State lacrosse teams

Stone Bridge junior defender Noah Madgwick is the Player of the Year on the Virginia High School League Group 5A boys' lacrosse team. Scott Mitchell and Monika Guerrero claimed Coach of the Year honors after respectively leading Bulldog boys' and girls' teams to state championships.

Stone Bridge coaches are jubilant as the Bulldogs turned what was expected to be a rebuilding season into their first VHSL 5A state girls’ lacrosse championship.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

5A girls’ lacrosse: Bulldogs complete unexpected run to title

Kendall Fitzgerald’s untimely lifeguard training did more than just prepare her to save lives in the water. It may very well have been the moment that saved the season for Stone Bridge High School girls’ lacrosse. Though hugs, tears and laughter were the most apparent reactions from Stone Bridge after defeating Potomac Falls, 15-12, in the VHSL 5A state final June 13 at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, it was disbelief, as much as anything, that was on the players’ minds.

Hansen among nation’s high school lacrosse players

Dominion High School junior Ellie Hansen has been selected as a 2015 Brine National High School All-America. She will represent the Washington D.C. region at the 2015 Brine National Lacrosse Classic.

Varsity Rewind: Postseason scores and schedule

Five Loudoun lacrosse teams have advanced to VHSL state championship games. Loudoun Valley (boys), Potomac Falls (girls), Stone Bridge (boys, girls) and Woodgrove (girls) will play for state titles Saturday. State semifinal games for baseball, soccer and softball are scheduled for Friday.

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs outscored Douglas Freeman 8-2 in the second half of the VHSL 5A state boys’ lacrosse semifinals to win 12-9 and earn a spot in the championship game.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Double dose of Bulldogs, Panther girls advance to 5A state lacrosse finals

The Virginia High School League Group 5A state boys' and girls' lacrosse championship games will feature a heavy dose of Loudoun teams. Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge will square off for the third time this postseason in the girls' final, while Stone Bridge will face Atlee in the boys' title game.

Loudoun Valley runner Colin Vitkus, middle, holds off James Monroe’s Brandon Lawrence and Waynesboro’s Carlos Richardson during the anchor leg of the 400-meter relay. The Vikings placed second in the event on their way to winning the VHSL 3A boys’ state championship.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Vikings run to team crown; Donohue, Hunter, Nolan, Spartan relay team race to event titles

Loudoun Valley High School athletes shined when it mattered most this track and field season. Behind stellar performances from several individuals and all three of their relay teams, the Vikings racked up 56 points to best runner-up Heritage (Lynchburg) by nearly 10 points for the VHSL 3A boys' team championship June 6 at Harrisonburg High School.

The 5A North Zone champion Potomac Falls Panthers are headed to the VHSL state lacrosse tournament for the first time.—Times-Mirror/Jason S. Rufner

Panthers outlast Bulldogs, win region title for first time

When Jim Birks took over Potomac Falls High School's girls' lacrosse team before last season, he was intent on instilling a culture of winning at the previously nondescript program. Now, as the Panthers prepare for their first-ever state tournament appearance after winning their first-ever regional championship, Birks thinks it's all going according to plan.

Stone Bridge High School knocked off top seed Potomac Falls, 17-11, in the Loudoun Group girls’ lacrosse championship game May 27 in Sterling.—Times-Mirror/Jason S. Rufner

Stone Bridge takes long way to Loudoun Group championship

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the girls lacrosse team at Stone Bridge High School, with not much expected from the perennially winning program after graduating away 13 seniors from last year's conference championship squad.

All-Conference 14 soccer teams

Broad Run High School seniors Abu Koroma and Caroline Kerns have been selected as Player of the Year on the All-Conference 14 boys' and girls' soccer teams.

Molly McCabe, center, of Stone Bridge High School clears a hurdle on her way to winning the 100-meter hurdles title in a time of 15.63 seconds.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge girls, Tuscarora boys lead pack at Conference 14 track meet

Stone Bridge won the girls' team title and host Tuscarora claimed the boys' team championship at the Group 5A Conference 14 track and field meet, contested May 20-21 in Leesburg.

Potomac Falls catcher Trent Koerner tags Stone Bridge baserunner Mason Newcombe out at home plate. Koerner and the Panthers prevailed 2-1 in nine innings April 28 in Sterling.—Photo Courtesy/Nick Lutkins

Potomac Falls pulls diamond surprise against Stone Bridge

Justin Robles doubled and eventually came around to score in the ninth inning to give host Potomac Falls a thrilling 2-1 extra-inning victory against Stone Bridge on April 28 in Sterling.

Garrett Griffith competes in the 2015 Conference 14 Wrestling Championships. Griffith, who went on to win conference and region championships, will continue his wrestling career at the University of Maryland.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Panthers’ Griffith to take mat for Maryland

Potomac Falls High School senior Garrett Griffith has aspired to wrestle in college since he first took up the sport nine years ago.

Allison Brennan powers her way past the field in the 1,600-meter run April 17 at the Wolverine Classic Track Invitational. Brennan and her Briar Woods teammates produced the best team finish on the girls’ side.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Briar Woods runs to girls’ title at Wolverine Classic Track Invitational

Briar Woods High School racked up 80 points to win the girls' team championship at the Wolverine Classic Track Invitational, contested April 17 at Woodgrove High School. Fauquier claimed the boys' crown with 88.5 points.

John Champe junior Kuony Deng, shown here during a 2015 3A East Region playoff game, is one of three area players to garner first-team selection.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

All-State basketball honors for 11 area players

The Virginia High School League All-State basketball teams for boys' and girls' in Groups 3A through 5A include 11 Loudoun student-athletes.

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