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Broad Run’s Ritchie receives outstanding achievement award

Broad Run High School senior Matthew Ritchie received an Outstanding Achievement award at the 56th annual Home Plate Club awards banquet, co-sponsored by the NOVA Baseball Magazine, on April 2 at the Holiday Inn Dulles in Sterling.

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.

Loudoun Valley alum DiDi Haracic, left, and Broad Run alum Whitney Church warm up prior to a March 25 preseason game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun duo playing professional soccer for Washington Spirit

In a lot of ways, Whitney Church's and DiDi Haracic’s involvement in soccer isn’t too uncommon from others. Around the age of 5, they first started playing the sport. Just a few short years later, they started playing travel soccer. Then it was high school and college soccer later on after that.

Washington Spirit to play match Saturday at Evergreen SportsPlex

The Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League will play the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in a preseason match Saturday evening at Evergreen SportsPlex in Leesburg.

Mike Elliott prepares to put up a left-handed shot for the Loudoun all-stars. Elliott was one of eight Loudoun players to score in double figures with 10 points.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun all-stars shine in NOVA Challenge

A team of all-star basketball players from Loudoun County outlasted their counterparts from Arlington/Alexandria, 130-128, in the fourth annual DMVStream.com NOVA Challenge on March 19 at Riverside High School in Leesburg. The high school basketball event showcased top public school seniors from Northern Virginia. Prince William defeated Fairfax 126-108 in the first all-star game.

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.

Stone Bridge players rejoice as time expires in the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League championship game.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

MORE: Stone Bridge clamps down on Broad Run to win eighth hockey title

Sewn onto the upper right sleeves of the gameday jackets worn by the Stone Bridge High School hockey coaches is a long list of numbers. The sequence starts with 2002 and ends with 2016, with five other numbers in between. Those numbers represent all the seasons in which the Bulldogs have won the championship of the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League.

Broad Run and Stone Bridge will square off for the second time this season in the NVSHL championship game. Broad Run won the regular-season meeting, 6-4.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Broad Run, Stone Bridge to play Friday for hockey championship

The Battle of the 'Burn on ice is set for Friday night. Ashburn rivals Broad Run and Stone Bridge will square off in the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League championship game at Kettler Captials Iceplex in Arlington. Broad Run, the No. 1 seed, and Stone Bridge, the No. 3 seed and reigning NVSHL champions, have each won two playoff games to earn entry into the championship.

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.

Stone Bridge senior Arsam Jafaryzad, shown here on top versus Woodgrove’s Joe Candelaria during the LCPS Championships, was one of four area wrestlers to win a state championship. Jafaryzad pinned Fisher Evans of Lee-Davis in the first period of the Group 5A 152-pound championship match.—File Photo

Four area wrestlers strike state gold

A total of 15 area wrestlers placed among the top six in their weight class Feb. 17-18 at the Virginia High School League State Wrestling Championships.Broad Run's duo of Michael Battista (170 pounds) and John Birchmeier (220), along with Stone Bridge senior Arsam Jafaryzad (152) struck state gold in the Group 5A tournament. Elijah Boldin of John Champe won the 285-pound state crown at the Group 4A level.

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.

Broad Run goalie Kevin Hennessey makes a glove save for one of his 17 stops on the night.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Broad Run knocks off Stone Bridge in hockey showdown

The stands inside the Ashburn Ice House were crowded and loud well before the puck dropped Feb. 12 in the hockey version of the Battle Of the 'Burn rivalry between Stone Bridge and Broad Run high schools. The preceding men's rec-league game captured the student sections' vociferous attentions as the big game approached, and even the driver of the ice resurfacing vehicle earned cheers with a honk of the horn.

Loudoun’s Varsity Basketball Scoreboard: Feb. 13-14 games

The match-ups are set for the Conference 21-East and Conference 22 boys' and girls' basketball tournament championship games. Freedom (boys and girls), Loudoun County (girls) and Loudoun Valley (boys) will host championship games Thursday night. Woodgrove's girls will play for the Conference 21-West girls' championship Wednesday at Millbrook.

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