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McSorley draws recognition as college football season nears

Penn State junior quarterback Trace McSorley has been named to a pair of watch lists ahead of the 2017 season. The Briar Woods High School alum is a candidate for the Maxwell Award (National Player of the Year) and the Wuerffel Trophy, considered college football's premier award for community service.

Briar Woods players and coaches rejoice during the Virginia 5A state championship game versus Halifax County.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Briar Woods’ Miller selected as state’s top baseball coach

After guiding Briar Woods High School to its first state baseball championship in 2017, Jason Miller has been selected as Coach of the Year on the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Virginia Baseball Team. Briar Woods senior Michael Ludowig and Loudoun County junior Will Schroeder earned first-team honors.

Emory University captains Nikki Batt, left, and Madison Phaneuf have built a tight bond since first meeting each other on the soccer field seven years ago.—Courtesy Photo

Batt, Phaneuf build a special bond through soccer

Emory University juniors Madison Phaneuf and Nikki Batt know all too well the power of fate. The ever-present force in life, it created their unforeseen friendship and directed their lives in places each never thought it would go.

The Woodgrove Wolverines open the 2017 season Aug. 25 at home versus Armstrong.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Loudoun’s 2017 Varsity Football Season Schedule

Loudoun teams kick off the 2017 varsity football season Aug. 25. Briar Woods, Heritage, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley, Park View, Potomac Falls, Riverside, Tuscarora and Woodgrove will play home games to start the season. The regular season continues for 11 weeks through Nov. 3.

VHSL Group 5A All-State soccer teams

Francois Bernard of Briar Woods High School is the Coach of the Year on the Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State boys' soccer team. Bernard guided the Falcons to their first state championship in 2017. Briar Woods, Broad Run, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora are each represented by players on the All-State teams.

VHSL Group 5A All-State baseball team

Jason Miller is the Coach of the Year on the 2017 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State baseball team after guiding Briar Woods to a state championship. Wilson Ayers, Jake Kleifges and Michael Ludowig of Briar Woods earned first-team honors.

Potomac Falls senior Tori Birks.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

VHSL Group 5A All-State lacrosse teams

Potomac Falls High School swept top honors on the 2017 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State girls' lacrosse team. Senior midfielder Tori Birks is the Player of the Year and Jim Birks is the Coach of the Year. Briar Woods, Broad Run, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora are also represented on the All-State lacrosse teams.

Briar Woods players and coaches are fired up after the Falcons took an early lead versus Halifax. Briar Woods eventually won the game 5-4 in 14 innings.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Briar Woods outlasts Halifax in 14 innings to claim first state crown

If you're going to make it all the way to the state championship game, you might as well win it. And if that title tilt is going to go for 14 innings and nearly four hours under the blazing sun, you better win it. The Briar Woods Falcons won their first-ever Group 5A state baseball championship June 10, outlasting Halifax 5-4 in a 14-inning midday marathon.

Briar Woods soccer players are all smiles following their victory in penalty kicks against Mills Godwin in the Virginia 5A state final.—Times-Mirror/Buzz Covington

Briar Woods nips Mills Godwin in penalty kicks to wear state crown

With a hard-fought 1-0 victory June 10 that took penalty kicks to decide, the Briar Woods Falcons became the Virginia 5A state champions for boys' soccer. Not bad for a team that entered the postseason sporting a record of 7-6-5. Briar Woods head coach Francois Bernard appeared to get a kick out of watching his players celebrate on the Westfield High School pitch.

Woodgrove softball players storm out of the dugout to join the celebration. The Wolverines defeated Freedom 2-0 in the VHSL 4A state softball championship game—Times-Mirror/Jeff Venitti

Photos: VHSL Spring Sports State Championships

Briar Woods High School baseball, Briar Woods boys' soccer, Potomac Falls girls' lacrosse, Riverside boys' soccer, Riverside boys' lacrosse, Rock Ridge boys' tennis and Woodgrove softball capped stellar seasons Saturday by winning Virginia High School League state championships.

The Briar Woods Falcons rejoice following their victory against Mills Godwin in the VHSL 5A state boys’ soccer championship game.—Times-Mirror/Buzz Covington

Super Saturday: Seven Loudoun teams win state championships

It was a day to remember for seven Loudoun varsity teams Saturday as Briar Woods (baseball, boys soccer), Potomac Falls (girls lacrosse), Riverside (boys soccer, boys lacrosse), Rock Ridge (boys tennis) and Woodgrove (softball) claimed Virginia High School League state championships.

The Woodgrove Wolverines and the Freedom Eagles will meet again in the Virginia 4A state softball championship Saturday in Salem. Woodgrove defeated Freedom 3-0 a week prior in the 4A West Region championship game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Eleven Loudoun teams to play for state titles Saturday

Loudoun County Public Schools will be represented by 11 teams in Virginia High School League state championship games Saturday. Local teams will vie for state supremacy in baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis.

Kelsey Curl and the Potomac Falls Panthers will travel to Fredericksburg today to play Massaponax in the state semifinals.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Six Loudoun teams qualify for state lacrosse playoffs

The 2017 Virginia High School League Group 5A and 4A state lacrosse tournaments will include six Loudoun teams. Briar Woods, Dominion, Riverside and Stone Bridge will play in boys' semifinal games Tuesday, as will Potomac Falls and Riverside in the girls' semifinals.

The Briar Woods Falcons are 5A North Region boys’ soccer champions.—Times-Mirror/Michael Marzzacco

Anderson’s late goal nets Briar Woods a regional soccer crown

A tightly-contested 5A North Region boys' soccer championship game between the Briar Woods Falcons and the Tuscarora Huskies appeared to be headed for overtime as the game remained scoreless deep into the second half Friday night at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn.

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs are 5A North Region boys’ lacrosse champions.—Times-Mirror/Maddie Thompson

Stone Bridge edges Briar Woods in regional lacrosse final

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs found redemption Friday as they squared off against their crosstown rival Briar Woods Falcons in the 5A North Region boys' lacrosse tournament championship game. Following a loss to Briar Woods in the Conference 14 championship game just two weeks prior, Stone Bridge evened the score with a 9-8 victory in the regional final.

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