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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.

Loudoun Valley’s Jenna Haran performs her floor exercise routine during a five-team gymnastics meet Jan. 2 in Ashburn. Haran scored 9.35 on her routine to place first in the event. Haran also paced the field on the uneven bars.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Loudoun Valley leads way at gymnastics meet

The Loudoun Valley Vikings returned from holiday break to shine brightest in a five-team varsity gymnastics meet Jan. 2 at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn. Jenna Haran placed first in a pair of events for the Vikings. Heritage placed second as a team, led by all-around champion Leah Trepal.

A group of seven Loudoun Valley runners - Peter Morris, Sam Affolder, Colton Bogucki, Jacob Hunter, Connor Wells, Chase Dawson and Kevin Carlson - combined forces to run away with the team crown at the Nike Cross Nationals.—Courtesy Photo

National championship is crowning achievement for Loudoun Valley cross-country

The first in Viking green to steam across the finish line was Peter Morris, cruising in before all but 11 of more than 200 high school distance runners in the Nike Cross Nationals Dec. 2 on Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Ore.

The Freedom Eagles are team champions of the LCPS Wrestling Championships for a third straight season.—Courtesy Photo

Freedom wins team title at LCPS Wrestling Championships

The Freedom Eagles soared to the top of the podium at the 2017 Loudoun County Public Schools Wrestling Championships for a third consecutive year Saturday at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn. Freedom placed eight wrestlers in the championship match of their weight class on its way to racking up 305 points.

Region 4C football team selections

Dominion, Heritage, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley, Riverside and Woodgrove high schools are each represented on the 2017 All-Region 4C football team. Region champion Sherando swept top honors with the top offensive and defensive players, as well as coach of the year.

Loudoun Valley senior Jordan Miller slams it home for two of his game-high 28 points versus Briar Woods.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

MORE PHOTOS: Loudoun Valley pulls away from Briar Woods in season opener

The reigning VHSL Class 4 state champion Loudoun Valley Vikings tipped off their 2017-2018 season Friday night with a road contest at Briar Woods. The Vikings made a successful debut, pulling away in the second half for a 76-48 win versus the host Falcons in Ashburn. George Mason University commit Jordan Miller led the way for the Vikings with 28 points.

Loudoun Valley’s top five of Peter Morris, Sam Affolder, Colton Bogucki, Jacob Hunter and Connor Wells pose for a photo after wining the VHSL Class 4 state cross-country meet.—File Photo/Mike Walgren

Loudoun Valley races to national cross-country championship

Loudoun Valley High School's boys' cross-country team put an exclamation point on a magical season Saturday at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. The Vikings scored just 89 points - 70 less than runner-up Manlius (N.Y.) - to run away with the national championship.

Broad Run High School alum Connor Jessop has excelled in his senior season for Shepherd University.—Photo Courtesy/Shepherd University athletics

Broad Run alum Jessop earns MEC Offensive Player of Year award

Shepherd University senior quarterback Connor Jessop (Broad Run) is the 2017 Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Year after piloting the Rams to a perfect 10-0 record during the regular season. Shepherd junior wide receiver Wanya Allen (Potomac Falls) and West Virginia Wesleyan senior linebacker Brandon Grayson (Loudoun Valley) were selected on the second team.

The Loudoun Valley Vikings dominated the competition at the Class 4 cross-country meet to claim their third consecutive state championship.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Loudoun Valley makes history with perfect score at Class 4 cross-country meet

His golden jersey flapping in the chilly Piedmont breeze, Loudoun Valley’s Sam Affolder picked up his pack-leading pace and accelerated toward the finish line. He could see red numbers ahead of him, the finish-line clock ticking up the time since he and 103 others began their five-kilometer run.

Dulles District football team selections

Loudoun County junior quarterback Nick Barts and Dominion senior defensive lineman Jayde Pierre are the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year on the 2017 All-Dulles District football team. Loudoun County's Tony Rayburn is the Coach of the Year after guiding the Raiders to a seven-win season and first playoff bid since 2014.

Loudoun Valley’s Sam Affolder, Peter Morris, Colton Bogucki, Jacob Hunter and Connor Wells secured finishing spots one through five at the VHSL state cross-country meet.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Loudoun Valley scores a perfect 15 at state cross-country meet

Loudoun Valley High School runners crossed the finish line one through five Nov. 10 at the Great Meadow course in The Plains to secure the Virginia Class 4 state boys' cross-country championship with a perfect score of 15.

The Loudoun County Raiders won a district tournament championship for the 11th time in the last 12 years Thursday, defeating the Heritage Pride 25-15, 25-18, 25-19 in the Dulles District tournament final.—Photo Courtesy/LCHS volleyball

District volleyball playoffs scoreboard

The Loudoun County Raiders and the Stone Bridge Bulldogs each won district volleyball tournament championships Thursday night. Stone Bridge outlasted Tuscarora in five sets in the Potomac District final and Loudoun County swept Heritage in the Dulles District title match.

Tuscarora senior Emma Wolcott, shown here at the 2017 Oatlands Invitational, crossed the finish line first at regionals in a time of 18 minutes, 18.33 seconds.—Times-Mirror/Art Pittman

Loudoun Valley, Tuscarora race to regional cross-country titles

The Loudoun Valley Vikings swept top team and individual honors in the Class 4, Region C cross-country meet Wednesday at the John Handley 5K course in Winchester. The Tuscarora Huskies claimed boys' and girls' team crowns in the Class 5, Region C meet, also contested Wednesday at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg.

The Briar Woods Falcons perform their winning routine at the 5C North Region competition cheer meet Oct. 28 at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun Varsity Sports Rewind: Oct. 23-28 games

The Loudoun County Raiders outlasted the Heritage Pride in five sets Saturday afternoon to secure the No. 1 regional seed from the Dulles District. Briar Woods, Tuscarora and Broad Run secured the top three spots at the 5C North Region competition cheer meet Saturday evening at Stone Bridge.

Woodgrove High School race winners Rylan Pettit and Sophie Hudak.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Western Cruise: Loudoun Valley, Woodgrove race to Dulles District titles

On Oct. 25, the championship season of high school cross-country got off to a strong start out of the gate. With sunny skies over Oatlands Plantation’s hilly 3.1-mile course just south of Leesburg, the west proved to be the best in the Dulles District cross-country championships.

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