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Varsity Football Week 1 Scoreboard

The first Friday night of the 2015 varsity football season proved to be an exciting one with several games being decided down the stretch, including two overtime games. Broad Run, Dominion, Freedom, Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun Valley, Park View, Rock Ridge and Tuscarora earned wins to open the season.

Loudoun Valley paced a 12-team field at the Bryan Gunter Invitational on Aug. 14 to win its second tournament title of the season.—Courtesy Photo

Varsity Fall Sports Rewind

The 2015 fall varsity sports season is underway. Dominion and Loudoun Valley high schools won dual matches in varsity golf, while Loudoun Valley netted a five-set volleyball win Thursday night. Look inside for scores and submitted recaps.

Senior QB Daniel Smith and the Tuscarora Huskies kick off the 2015 season at home Aug. 28 against the Briar Woods Falcons.—File Photo

2015 varsity football preview: Turn on those Friday night lights

It's that time of year again. Time to mark Friday evenings as filled on your calendar for the next three months. The 2015 Virginia High School League football season begins Aug. 28 with 14 Loudoun varsity teams in action. The regular season continues for 11 weeks through Nov. 6, with five more weeks of postseason action to follow.

Varsity football preview: Panthers aim to stay on the rise

Sometimes, you can tell how the next football season will go by looking at how the last one ended. A year ago, the Potomac Falls Panthers seesawed though a truly up-and-down campaign: win two, lose two, win two, lose two, win two.

Loudoun County sophomore Ryan Monastero shot 71 on the par 72 Algonkian Golf Course to place first individually at the LCPS Golf Championship.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Monastero, Raiders lead way at LCPS Golf Championship

Loudoun County High School earned local bragging rights following its team championship at the Loudoun County Public Schools Golf Championship Aug. 12 at Algonkian Golf Course in Sterling. Raider sophomore Ryan Monastero shot 1-under par 71 to claim low medalist honors.

Loudoun County High School rising senior earned Most Valuable Players honors as part of the champion Metro American Volleyball Club 18 Travel team at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships.—Courtesy Photo

Volleyball notebook: A national championship and a pair of college commitments

Taylor Borup has already been a part of three state championship teams with Loudoun County High School. This summer, Borup experienced the thrill of winning a national championship with her club team.

State Champions: 11 Loudoun schools have combined to win 91 titles

Loudoun County public high schools have won 91 Virginia High School League championships in team sports. Broad Run, which opened in 1969, owns the most state championships with 16.

Following their first-ever run to a state final in 2014, the Tuscarora Huskies open the 2015 season at home Aug. 28 against the Briar Woods Falcons at Fortune Field in Leesburg.—File Photo

2015 Virginia High School League football schedule

The 2015 Virginia High School League varsity football season kicks off Aug. 28. The regular season runs through Nov. 6, with state championship games scheduled for Dec. 12. With second-year Rock Ridge joining the varsity ranks after playing a junior varsity schedule in 2014 and first-year Riverside jumping right into varsity action, Loudoun will field 15 varsity football teams in 2015.

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.

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