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Potomac Falls junior Ian Anderson scored 15 points in a 46-43 win versus Thomas Jefferson.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Fourth-quarter rally lifts Potomac Falls past Thomas Jefferson

Eight minutes. One quarter remained Tuesday night in a Region 5C boys' basketball tournament quarterfinal game between Thomas Jefferson and host Potomac Falls. When the clock would strike zero, one team would move a step closer to a trip to the state tournament, while the other would see their season conclude. Trailing 34-31 after three quarters, Potomac Falls needed to rally to keep its season alive.

Dulles District basketball team selections

Seniors Jordan Miller (Loudoun Valley) and Natalie Villaflor (Loudoun County) have been selected as Players of the Year on the All-Dulles District basketball team. Woodgrove's Steve Douglas (boys) and Loudoun Valley's Kenyamo McFarlane (girls) earned Coach of the Year accolades.

Freedom’s Zyan Collins and Jaelyn Batts earned Player of the Year honors on the All-Potomac District basketball team.—Courtesy Photo

Potomac District basketball team selections

Freedom High School senior Zyan Collins and junior Jaelyn Batts are Players of the Year on the All-Potomac District basketball team. Freedom's Justin Powers (boys) and Stone Bridge's Kyle Linder (girls) secured Coach of the Year honors. Along with Freedom and Stone Bridge, Broad Run, Briar Woods, John Champe, Potomac Falls, Rock Ridge and Tuscarora high schools are also represented on the all-district team.

Loudoun’s Regional Basketball Playoffs Scoreboard

The Loudoun Valley Vikings advanced to the championship game of the Region 4C boys' and girls' basketball tournaments following semifinal wins Tuesday night. Freedom girls, Potomac Falls boys, Stone Bridge boys and Tuscarora girls each won Region 5C quarterfinal games Tuesday to earn spots in Thursday's semifinals.

Freedom’s Bre Roeder rejoices following her uneven bars routine Feb. 17 at the VHSL State Gymnastics Championships.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Eagles return to perch as VHSL state gymnastics champions

The Freedom Eagles landed atop the Class 5 team standings Feb. 16 at Heritage High School in Leesburg, utilizing the full nine-gymnast lineup to claim the school’s second Virginia High School League state championship in the past three seasons.

John Champe’s Sam Oliver raced to the 500-yard freestyle title at the VHSL Class 4 State Swimming Championships.—File Photo/Doug Stroud

Loudoun swimmers shine bright among state’s best

Student-athletes from Briar Woods, Dominion, John Champe, Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools raced to state titles Feb. 16-17 at the VSHL State Swim Championships. The Class 5 state meet was held Feb. 16 at George Mason University's Jim McKay Natatorium in Fairfax, while Class 4 swimmers made their splash Feb. 17 at Collegiate School Aquatics Center in Richmond.

The Freedom Eagles are Potomac District boys’ basketball tournament champions after defeating Potomac Falls 81-79 in four overtimes Friday night.—Times-Mirror/Casey Pazzalia

Freedom outlasts Potomac Falls in four overtimes to claim boys’ basketball title

Immediately following Freedom High School’s victory Feb. 16 in the Potomac District girls' basketball tournament championship game, the school sent its boys' team to the court for a championship game of their own. Holding the top seed, Freedom matched up with No. 3 seed Potomac Falls in the title game.

Freedom players rejoice as the final buzzer sounds on the Eagles’ 61-53 victory against Tuscarora in the Potomac District girls’ basketball tournament championship game.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

Freedom tops Tuscarora for Potomac District girls’ basketball crown

With both programs coming off impressive wins in the semifinals of the Potomac District girls' basketball tournament, the top-seeded Tuscarora Huskies squared off with the No. 2 seed Freedom Eagles for the right to be crowned tournament champions. As both teams warmed up for the title game Feb. 16 at John Champe High School in Aldie, Post Malone’s smash-hit “Rockstar” blared through the speakers. And while the song wasn’t made specifically for the showdown about to unfold, the song’s title did foreshadow how the game would play out.

Broad Run wrestler Johnathan Birchmeier capped a stellar season by winning the 285-pound championship at the VHSL Class 5 state tournament.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Three Loudoun wrestlers strike gold at state tournament

Dominion High School's Jack Creamer claimed the 106-pound title Feb. 17 at the Virginia Class 4 state wrestling tournament, while Freedom's Sean Crumbliss (132 pounds) and Broad Run's Johnathan Birchmeier (285 pounds) struck gold at the Virginia Class 5 state tournament. Overall, 15 Loudoun wrestlers placed among the top six in their weight class at the state level. Region 5C champion Rock Ridge produced the top team finish among Loudoun schools, placing eighth at the Class 5 tournament.

The Loudoun Valley Vikings are Dulles District girls’ basketball tournament champions.-Times-Mirror/Jason Rufner

Loudoun Valley edges Loudoun County to take Dulles District girls’ basketball title

With five minutes left to play in the Dulles District girls’ basketball tournament championship game Feb. 16 in Purcellville, the homestanding Loudoun Valley Vikings and the visiting Loudoun County Raiders found themselves deadlocked at 49-49. With one minute to play, the score remained 49-49 and the packed gymnasium grew louder.

The Loudoun Valley Vikings are Dulles District boys’ basketball tournament champions.-Times-Mirror/Jason Rufner

Vikings outlast Wolverines for Dulles District boys’ basketball crown

It was another day at the office for the Loudoun Valley Vikings boys’ basketball team. Last year’s Class 4 state champs took a big step toward defending that title, claiming a solid 79-67 home win Feb. 16 over neighborhood rival Woodgrove.

Tuscarora senior Alex Bailey has surpassed Kyle Copeland as the Huskies’ all-time scoring leader.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

Bailey becomes Tuscarora’s career scoring leader

Senior guard and team captain Alex Bailey scored his 1,244th career point Feb. 14 in a Potomac District boys' basketball tournament semifinal game versus Freedom to become Tuscarora's all-time leading scorer. Bailey surpassed Tuscarora Class of 2016 graduate Kyle Copeland, who concluded his varsity career with 1,239 points.

The Freedom Eagles are Potomac District boys’ basketball tournament champions after defeating Potomac Falls 81-79 in four overtimes Friday night.—Times-Mirror/Casey Pazzalia

Loudoun’s Varsity Scoreboard: Feb. 16 events

The Freedom Eagles soared to the team title at the VHSL Class 5 State Gymnastics Championships on Friday evening at Heritage High School in Leesburg. Loudoun Valley and Freedom each won a pair of district basketball tournament titles, while swimmers from Briar Woods and John Champe raced to championships at the Class 5 state swim meet.

Potomac Falls and Tuscarora players anticipate a rebound attempt during a Potomac District girls’ basketball tournament semifinal game.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

IN PHOTOS: Huskies pull away from Panthers in Potomac District semifinal

The Tuscarora Huskies outscored the Potomac Falls Panthers 35-19 in the second half to pull away for a 55-36 victory in the Potomac District girls' basketball tournament semifinals Wednesday night in Leesburg.

Briar Woods, Tuscarora hire coaches to lead football programs

A pair of Potomac District varsity football teams recently filled their head coaching vacancies. Daniel Bruton will guide Briar Woods High School in Ashburn and a familiar face Brandon Wheelbarger will take over the Tuscarora High School program in Leesburg.

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