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Stone Bridge men’s varsity 1 boat consisting of Libbie Bayfield, hunkered down on far left, and rowers Brady Pitts, Doug Benson, Thomas Lowery and Aidan Calpin practices at the Beaverdam Creek Reservoir.—Times-Mirror/David Manning

Row your boat: The sport of crew takes off in Loudoun

Any weekday morning, rise before the roosters and head out to Beaverdam Creek Reservoir off Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn. The lake's normally placid waters will be churned up and waving, as eight young people paddle madly across it, seemingly desperate to get to the other side. These young people will all be perspiring from the effort, even though their day's real work - school - is still a few hours away.

Seniors Gino Ventrice, left, and Dylan Counts stand side-by-side in the Briar Woods’ dugout to form the No. 15 in honor of Gavin Rupp.—Photo Courtesy/Don Ventrice

Briar Woods doubles up Stone Bridge in “Batter Up for Rupp” game

Gavin Rupp would have loved a night like the one April 22 at Briar Woods High School. He would have loved to have been playing alongside many of his closest friends, playing at his favorite position of shortstop donned from head to toe in a No. 15 Falcons uniform. He would have certainly loved the final result, too.

Tuscarora senior Kyle Copeland elevates toward the rim during the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge slam dunk contest.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Basketball’s big finish: Loudoun falls short versus Fairfax

The last gasp of high school basketball came April 10 at Marshall High School in Falls Church for the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge all-star hoops extravaganza. The event began with a game between standouts from Prince William and Fairfax South, followed by a 3-point and slam dunk competition and rounded off with Fairfax North battling the boys from Loudoun.

Dominion sophomore Catherine Rinek works the ball in the attack zone with Broad Run senior Natalie Purcell defending during the host Titans’ 20-4 victory April 11 in Sterling. Dominion improved to 6-0 this season, with five of those victories by double-digit margins.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: April 9-12 games

Seniors Luke Giroux and Cade Groton combined for seven goals to help lead Stone Bridge to a 14-10 victory against Briar Woods April 12 in a boys' lacrosse match-up of previously undefeated teams. Look inside for scores and submitted recaps from baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis.

Stone Bridge Crew men’s junior 4 team, from left, are Mackenzie Laws (coxswain), Aidan Shields, Jihong Min, Vikram Jayanthi, Bobby Wright and head coach Kayla McCormick.—Courtesy Photo

Stone Bridge crew places in first event of spring season

Stone Bridge High School Crew placed second in the men's junior 4 divisional final at the Regional Park Regatta April 2 at Sandy Run Regional Park.

Tuscarora senior Jamel Howard will play for Loudoun in the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun standouts to test hoop skills versus Fairfax

Loudoun versus Fairfax, round three. For a third consecutive year, top senior basketball players from Loudoun and Fairfax public high schools will square off April 10 as part of the DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge.

Girls’ soccer: Deutsch to Deutsch lifts Broad Run past Tuscarora in overtime

Sometimes, the perfect shot in soccer takes more than just solid contact or a sound follow through. At least in Anna Deutsch’s case, sometimes it takes just a bit of hoping for the best, too. Deutsch scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to help Broad Run defeat host Tuscarora, 2-1, in the Conference 14 opener for both highly-ranked teams April 1 in Leesburg.

Tuscarora senior Cole Gabriele earned his third pitching win of the season Tuesday versus Dominion.—File Photo

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: March 28-31 games

The varsity spring sports season is back in full stride following spring break. Look inside for scores and submitted recaps from baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis.

Sophomore Nickolas Cole scored three goals and dished an assist in Stone Bridge’s 12-6 victory versus South Lakes.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Photos: Stone Bridge defeats South Lakes in boys’ lacrosse

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs scored the game's first five goals and never looked back en route to a 12-6 home victory against the South Lakes Seahawks in varsity boys' lacrosse action March 31 in Ashburn.

VHSL Group 5A/4A state basketball tournament scores

John Champe High School rolled past Eastern View 85-61 in the VHSL Group 4A state boys' basketball quarterfinals Friday night to earn a spot in the state semifinals. Loudoun Valley (boys, girls), Potomac Falls (boys) and Tuscarora (girls) each lost in the 5A or 4A state quarterfinals.

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs have repeated as Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League champions.—Photo Courtesy/Elliott Root

Unbeaten Stone Bridge repeats as NVSHL champs

No, it never gets old. So said John Lynch, for 15 seasons the titular head coach of Stone Bridge High School's entry into the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League. In the decade and a half since the NVSHL began play, the Bulldogs have taken the league's championship seven times: 2002, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Stone Bridge shuts out Woodbridge in NVSHL championship game

Another season, another Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League championship for the Stone Bridge Bulldogs. Stone Bridge scored three first-period goals on its way to a 6-0 win over Woodbridge Friday night inside the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, securing the program's second title in a row.

Stone Bridge rolls into NVSHL title game

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs continued their season-long dominance in the semifinals of the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League playoffs. Stone Bridge shut out Osbourn Park 10-0 on Wednesday night to punch its ticket for the championship game.

The Freedom Eagles put the finishing touches on an outstanding season by placing first at the VHSL Group 5A state meet.—Photo Courtesy/Virginia High School League

Freedom, Wrighte on top at VHSL state gymnastics meet

Freedom High School enjoyed a meet to remember Feb. 19-20 at the Virginia High School League state gymnastics championships in Virginia Beach. The Eagles soared to the Group 5A team championship and sophomore Sydney Wrighte won the all-around title at the Individual Open Championships.

Tuscarora High School senior Simon Shi rejoices following his first-place swim in the 200-yard individual medley.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Burris, Shi win dual titles, lead strong Loudoun contingent at state swim meets

Heritage High School junior Michael Burris and Tuscarora senior Simon Shi each touched the wall first in a pair of races at the Virginia High School League state swim championships.

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