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Athletes compete in the 100-meter hurdles April 21 at the Wolverine Classic Track Invitational.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Wolverine Classic Track Invitational photos

Loudoun high schools Briar Woods, Freedom, Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley, Park View, Potomac Falls, Riverside, Rock Ridge, Stone Bridge and Woodgrove helped make up a 21-team field April 21 for the Wolverine Classic Track Invitational.

Natalie Barnes of Stone Bridge placed first in the girls’ long jump event with a top leap of 18-01.5.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge leads girls pack at Wolverine Classic Track Invitational

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs racked up a meet-best 101 points in girls' events to top a 21-team field April 21 at the Wolverine Classic Track Invitational, hosted by Woodgrove High School in Purcellville. Fauquier edged Loudoun Valley by one point to place atop the boys' team standings.

Briar Woods senior Michael Ludowig is receiving interest from Major League Baseball scouts as a pitcher and an outfielder.—Courtesy Photo

Falcon’s Crest: As MLB draft looms, Ludowig stays calm, carries on

Michael Ludowig of Briar Woods High School has turned himself into perhaps the most sought-after baseball player Loudoun has produced in the last half-decade. Dominant from the left side, Ludowig throws devastatingly hard from the mound. From a coiled stance brimming with power, he rockets balls into - and sometimes over - outfield gaps.
Trace McSorley

McSorley voted Penn State football captain

Briar Woods High School alum Trace McSorley has been voted as one of three Penn State University football captains by his teammates for the 2017 season. McSorley, a junior quarterback, joins Jason Cabinda and Nick Scott as team captains. "These three young men have been leaders in our program, on and off the field," PSU head coach James Franklin stated in a release.

Briar Woods improved to 7-0 with a 12-7 win against host Broad Run April 6 in Ashburn.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

MORE: Briar Woods tops Broad Run to remain undefeated

The Briar Woods Falcons remained perfect through seven varsity boys' lacrosse contests this season after enduring a 12-7 road test April 6 against rival Broad Run. An early surge put the Falcons up 4-0 midway through the opening frame. But with two minutes left in the third quarter, the pesky Spartans (4-3) edged back within two of their neighbors.

Michael Brennan helped the Tuscarora Huskies earn 35 Wells Fargo Cup points in varsity golf.—File Photo

VHSL Wells Fargo Cup Standings

Loudoun Valley (Group 4A), Tuscarora (5A) and Briar Woods (5A) high schools each rank among the top five in the Virginia High School League Wells Fargo Cup Standings following the conclusion of the varsity winter sports season. The Wells Fargo Cup is awarded to the school in each group classification that has achieved the best overall record in VHSL state-level competition in 27 sports.

Front row, from left: Briar Woods seniors Skyler Springs, Jordan Ward and Samari Springs. Back row: Briar Woods football coach Charlie Pierce and athletic director Jerry Carter.—Photo Courtesy/Chuck Moore, Random Snaps Photography

Briar Woods trio to play college football

Briar Woods High School recently held a ceremony for three senior student-athletes who will continue their football careers in college. Skyler Springs will play for Georgetown University, Jordan Ward will lace up the cleats for Virginia Military Institute and Samari Springs is headed to the University of Richmond.

5A North Region basketball team selections

Tuscarora High School junior Kennedy Middleton is the Player of the Year on the 5A North All-Region girls' basketball team. Anthony Cooper (Broad Run) and Brian Sweeney (Potomac Falls) earned first-team selection on the boys' team, as did Briar Woods senior Amani Rascoe on the girls' team.

Loudoun County High School junior Collin Hughes dives into the pool at the start of a freestyle race at the Virginia 4A state swim meet.—Times-Mirror/Patrick Kane

Riverside wins state title; 10 swimmers, four relay teams reign supreme

The Riverside Rams won the girls' team championship Feb. 18 at the Virginia High School League Group 3A state swim meet in Richmond. Briar Woods earned runner-up honors in Group 5A boys and girls, and Rock Ridge girls placed second at the Group 4A meet.

The Loudoun County Raiders secured a spot in the 4A West Region semifinals with a 54-48 victory over Liberty.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s Varsity Basketball Scoreboard: Feb. 20 games

Loudoun County (girls) and Loudoun Valley (boys) advanced to the 4A West Region basketball tournament semifinals following quarterfinal round victories Monday night. Briar Woods (girls) and Stone Bridge (boys) won 5A North Region first-round games Monday. Amani Rascoe became Briar Woods' career scoring leader in a 63-51 victory versus Stafford.

Conference 14 basketball team selections

Broad Run senior Anthony Cooper and Tuscarora junior Kennedy Middleton garnered Player of the Year honors on the All-Conference 14 basketball team. Jeff Hawes of Potomac Falls and Michael Newkirk of Tuscarora earned Coach of the Year honors.

Loudoun’s Varsity Scoreboard: VHSL State Championships

Riverside High School won the girls' team championship at the Virginia High School League Group 3A State Swimming Championships on Saturday in Richmond. Several Loudoun student-athletes won individual swimming, wrestling and gymnastics championships at the state level.

The Tuscarora Huskies are Conference 14 girls’ basketball tournament champions.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

MORE: With 33rd straight conference win, Tuscarora claims tournament title

As the Tuscarora Huskies girls' basketball team grouped together for postgame photos Feb. 17, posing inside their own gymnasium with their newly won Conference 14 tournament championship, head coach Michael Newkirk held three fingers in the air.

Sydney Wrighte dismounts from the balance beam at the Conference 21-West meet.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Rick Wasser

Freedom’s Wrighte excels at state qualifier gymnastics meet

Freedom High School junior Sydney Wrighte placed first in all four individual events at the 5A North Region State Qualifier Gymnastics Meet to help the Eagles qualify as a team for the VHSL State Gymnastics Meet. Wrighte topped the all-around standings with an overall score of 39.25 at the qualifier meet, contested Feb. 8 at Park View High School in Sterling.

Broad Run’s Cameron Jackson controls Eric Frames of Stone Bridge during the Conference 14 championship round at 132 pounds. Jackson scored a technical fall victory for the team champion Spartans.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Photos: Conference 14 wrestling tournament

Wrestlers from Briar Woods, Broad Run, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora high schools took the mat Feb. 4 for the Group 5A Conference 14 Wrestling Championships at Rock Ridge High School. Broad Run won the team title with 263 points. Stone Bridge placed second with 189 points, followed by Tuscarora (178), Briar Woods (146) and Potomac Falls (134).

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