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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.

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.

Senior Molly Kenny accepts the 5A North Region girls’ soccer tournament championship trophy while her teammates joyously look on following Stone Bridge High School’s 2-1 victory against Ashburn rival Broad Run.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Bulldogs spoil Spartans’ perfection with freshman striker, emergency goalie

The Stone Bridge High School girls' soccer team handed neighborhood rival Broad Run its first loss of the season, winning 2-1 in the 5A North region championship game June 5 at Rock Ridge High School - and they did it behind two goals by freshman Amy Thompson and the steady goalkeeping of a very surprised Dani-Joy Leonhardt.

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.

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