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Freedom junior Jaelyn Batts shoots over the outstretched arm of Tuscarora senior Kennedy Middleton. Batts and the Eagles prevailed 59-41 at home.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

IN PHOTOS: Freedom hands Tuscarora its first loss

The Freedom Eagles jumped out to a 10-point lead after one quarter versus the previously undefeated Tuscarora Huskies and did not look back on their way to a 59-41 home victory Friday evening in South Riding. The victory moves Freedom (12-3, 7-1) into a first-place tie with Tuscarora (15-1, 7-1) atop the Potomac District.

Sean Monahan of Briar Woods puts the puck in the back of the net versus Potomac Falls/Dominion.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Hockey night in Loudoun: Briar Woods, Stone Bridge, Woodgrove put wins on ice

The puck didn’t drop for Friday evening’s first game until almost 9:30. By midnight, the Ashburn Ice House had hosted three Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League contests involving six Loudoun high schools.

Leah Trepal of Heritage High School placed first in the all-around with a score of 36.9.—File photo/Doug Stroud

Gymnastics results: Six-team meet at Broad Run

The Heritage Pride set a team record with 137.75 points on their way to placing first among six teams in a varsity gymnastics meet Thursday night at Broad Run High School in Ashburn. Leah Trepal set a Pride record on the floor exercise (9.6) en route to finishing first in the all-around.

Senior Zyan Collins rises for a shot during a Jan. 12 game versus Broad Run. Collins is Freedom’s career record holder for points, steals, assists, rebounds and free throws.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Freedom’s all-time scoring leader has sights set high

On Jan. 3, in a Potomac District boys’ basketball game, Freedom High School’s Zyan Collins sank a free throw just like he’d done so often before. But this one was different. This single point pushed Collins past any other player who’d ever suited up in black and gold for the 13-year-old South Riding program, making him the Eagles’ all-time leader in points scored with 1,043. It’s a crowning accolade for a player who’s already grabbed more rebounds, made more free throws, swiped more steals and handed out more assists than any other Eagle.

Kennedy Middleton, left, and Isabellah Middleton have shined for an undefeated Tuscarora squad this winter.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

The Middletons of Leesburg: Sisters are basketball royalty at Tuscarora

The Tuscarora High School varsity girls’ basketball team is undefeated through their first 15 games of the 2017-2018 season. Two key players helping to spark the Huskies' success this winter happen to be sisters. Senior Kennedy Middleton and sophomore Isabellah Middleton lead the team in several statistical categories, averaging a combined 37 points per game.

Tuscarora junior Chandler Tuten scored a game-high 23 points in a 74-63 win versus Potomac Falls.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

IN PHOTOS: Late push lifts Tuscarora past Potomac Falls

A strong fourth quarter propelled the Tuscarora Huskies to a 74-63 home victory against the Potomac Falls Panthers in a Potomac District boys' basketball game Tuesday night in Leesburg. The Huskies won their third straight game to move to 9-6 overall this season.

NOVA Roller Derby is offering programs for potential future players.—Photo Courtesy/Jack Tomlinson

Tryouts and Announcements: Jan. 17 listings

NOVA Roller Derby is currently recruiting new members. No experience is necessary. A Winter Booty Camp for attendees to learn the basics is Jan. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Pre-registration is required and loaner gear may be available upon request.

Freedom senior Jeremy Cofield converted a go-ahead layup with 10 seconds left to help lift the Eagles past host Broad Run.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

MORE PHOTOS: Freedom outlasts Broad Run in tightly contested game

The red-hot Freedom Eagles earned a difficult 64-61 road win Jan. 12 in Ashburn, surviving a seesaw struggle with another hot Potomac District boys' basketball team in the Broad Run Spartans. Six times in the fourth quarter the lead changed hands, and that was after it’d been swapped three other occasions and tied four more.

LoCo Disc Golf Club to hold charity event in late January

LoCo Disc Golf Club will raise funds and collect food donations for Loudoun Hunger Relief during its annual LoCo Ice Bowl and Chili Cook-off, scheduled for Jan. 27 at Franklin Park in Purcellville. LoCo Disc Golf Club donated more than $7,000 to Loudoun Hunger Relief in 2017.

Ashburn boxer Tori Nelson suffered her first professional loss to Unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields in the main event on Showtime.—Photo Courtesy/Stephanie Trapp, SHOWTIME

Shields knocks Nelson from unbeaten ranks

Unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields dominated Tori Nelson en route to a 10-round unanimous decision in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. It was the first professional loss for Nelson, an Ashburn resident who produced a mark of 17-0-3 leading up to Friday's fight on Showtime.

Alex Bailey is the second player at Tuscarora High School to score 1,000 career points.—Courtesy Photo

Tuscarora’s Bailey surpasses 1,000-point milestone

Tuscarora High School senior Alex Bailey scored his 1,000th career point during the 2017 Henrico Holiday Basketball Classic. Bailey reached the milestone in the first quarter of a Dec. 29 game versus host Henrico. He finished the game with 10 points, eight assists and three rebounds.

Michael Brennan is the 2017 Virginia State Golf Association Junior Boys’ Golfer of the Year.—Photo Courtesy/Chris Lang, VSGA

Brennan earns top junior golfer award

Leesburg resident Michael Brennan has been selected as the 2017 Virginia State Golf Association Junior Boys' Golfer of the Year. A student at Tuscarora High School and the Academies of Loudoun, Brennan won both the 27th VSGA Junior Match Play Championship and the Middle Atlantic Amateur Championship in 2017.

Tori “Sho-Nuff” Nelson will fight Claressa “T-Rex” Shields in the main event of a Showtime boxing card Jan. 12 in New York.—File Photo

Ashburn boxer Nelson to fight in main event on Showtime

Unbeaten in 20 professional fights, Ashburn resident Tori “Sho-Nuff” Nelson will face her stiffest challenge to date Jan. 12 in the main event of a boxing card live on Showtime. Nelson will enter the ring against Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who will defend her WBC and IBF super middleweight titles for the first time.
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Loudoun Valley senior Jalen Williams scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half to help the Vikings build a 32-30 halftime lead.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

UPDATED: Loudoun Valley holds off Handley in front of capacity crowd

In the center of a Loudoun Valley High School gymnasium packed to the rafters, Mark Melbourne stood alone. His Viking teammates stood behind him in silence, though the fans on both sides screamed at him; most for, some against.

Heritage High School won the Red Division title at the 2018 Park View Gymnastics Invitational.—Courtesy Photo

Park View Gymnastics Invitational results

The Heritage Pride claimed the team title and Woodgrove's River Stone won the all-around crown in the elite Red Division at the 2018 Park View Gymnastics Invitational, contested Saturday in Sterling.

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