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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.

VHSCA Group 5A All-State softball team

Emily Kenny and Olivia Sappington of Stone Bridge, Grace Mattimore of Broad Run and Kayla Brennan of Briar Woods garnered selection on the 2015 Virginia High School Coaches Association Group 5A softball team.

VHSL Group 5A All-State softball team

Broad Run and Stone Bridge high schools are represented by players on the Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State softball team. Bulldog outfielder Olivia Sappington was selected on the first team.

Bulldogs, Vikings place fourth in final Wells Fargo Cup standings

Stone Bridge and Loudoun Valley high schools placed best among Loudoun schools in the Wells Fargo Cup, each finishing fourth in Group 5A and Group 3A, respectively.

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.

US Lacrosse awards area players, coaches

Dominion High School class of 2015 graduate Luke Esposito was recently recognized as a US Lacrosse Bob Scott Award recipient for service to his team, school and community.

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 lineman Wisner to play football at Shepherd

Stone Bridge High School senior Luke Wisner, pictured with his family during a recent signing ceremony, will continue his football career at Shepherd University in West Virginia.

VHSL Group 5A All-State soccer teams

Broad Run High School swept Player of the Year honors on the Virginia High School League Group 5A soccer teams. Abu Koroma (boys) and Caroline Kerns (girls) garnered top player honors, while Claire Collins of Broad Run is Coach of the Year on the girls' team.

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs proudly display their VHSL 5A state baseball championship trophy after defeating Marshall 9-4 on June 13 in Fairfax. Stone Bridge won its first state title in the final game for longtime coach Sam Plank.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

5A baseball: Bulldogs send Plank out on top

Wanting to keep his distance, Stone Bridge High School baseball coach Sam Plank chose to watch rather than join the moment on the field with his players. The Bulldogs had just won the VHSL 5A state championship for the first time in school history, but Plank wasn’t about to take any glory away from his players.

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.

Broad Run players and coaches rush the field at the conclusion of the VHSL 5A state girls’ soccer championship game June 13 in Fairfax. Broad Run shut out Stone Bridge 3-0 in the title game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

5A girls’ soccer: Spartans back on top

It was an all-Ashburn finale between the Broad Run Spartans and the Stone Bridge Bulldogs to decide the state champion of girls' soccer for Group 5A, held June 13 at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax. In the end, however, it was all Broad Run.

Michael O’Day jumps for joy and is embraced by teammate Taylor McVean as Stone Bridge players rejoice following their 10-9 victory against Atlee in the VHSL 5A state boys’ lacrosse championship game June 13 in Burke.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

5A boys’ lacrosse: Bulldogs embrace adversity in title run

Long before Stone Bridge ever took the field June 13 at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, a team slogan had been instilled in each and every player’s minds by their coach, Scott Mitchell. “Embrace the suck,” he told them, because while things aren’t always going to go your way, at the least you can be mentally prepared for before – and after – it comes. In any case, a precise meaning is often ambiguous, though it’s widely realized when the moment comes.

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.

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