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Two Local Students Compete in High School Alpine Ski Racing Championships?

April 3, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Two Local Students Compete in High School Alpine Ski Racing Championships?

The Eastern High School Ski Championships (EHSC) were held at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire from March 8 to 10. Loudoun Valley High School Sophomore Andrew McAlister and Tuscarora Sophomore Sarah Wyly are members of the Southern Alpine Racing Association (SARA) high school championship race team, which is made up of high school students from Virginia and West Virginia. The competition is an annual event that highlights the end of the ski season with competitive racing against the top high school skiers in the East, and is the only race of its kind in the United States.

Sarah Wyly trains and races for the Wintergreen Resort Race Team while Andrew McAlister trains and races for the Bryce Resort Race Team. This year’s SARA race team was comprised of seven girls and six boys. The SARA racers competed against 10 teams from the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast as well as a Wisconsin team. Most racers were high school juniors and seniors. The SARA Team had three juniors and one senior. The team was coached by Wintergreen Race Team coaches Paul Given and Robert Sandy. … Continue Reading

Umpires Needed!

February 6, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Umpires Needed!

By Bill Roth

It might be the coldest days of the winter thus far but already we can faintly hear in the background, “Com-on blue”! A holler from the stands coming from the fan, parent or coach on a warm spring day who believes they have a better view of the pitch or play than the umpire. And, not long from these blustery cold days, will the once again time hardened tradition of second-guessing the umpire be in full swing. It matters not the sport, as fans of all ages always know more than the official on the court or field. However, with the NFL as example, fall 2012 gave us a snapshot of life without trained officials of a game, showing the fairness of the contest comes in question. … Continue Reading

Don Rose: Remembering a Champion – and More – for Youth Sports

February 6, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Don Rose: Remembering a Champion – and More – for Youth Sports
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Donald Neff Rose, Sr. passed away on January 24. He was born on October 16, 1938, to Thomas and Esther Rose in Paris, VA. He was a generous man who dedicated his time to youth sports not only in Loudoun County but to the whole state of Virginia. He entered the Army after graduating from Marshall High School where he served as a paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne. He was vice president of LEO Construction, a Rose family business, and the Babe Ruth State Commissioner of Virginia. He embodied sportsmanship and wanted all youth to be able to play sports in Loudoun County. And, his influence was large. His coaching and mentoring to youth spanned well over 40 years. “Don had a way of getting you involved,” said Gloria (Craun) Elgin, former president of Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth.  “It was always for the kids,” Elgin continued.  “I picture him building a giant press box in heaven so Mickie Gordon, John Haske and Don could have a perfect view of every baseball game.” (Mickie and John were well known local sports advocates.) “He wanted every kid to play, and every kid to be treated equal,” said his son, Donny Rose. … Continue Reading

Town of Purcellville Sports Funding Application

January 18, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Town of Purcellville Sports Funding Application
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The Town of Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for the Annual Sports League Funding. The organization/league must serve the Town of Purcellville area and have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players. Priority consideration will be given to sports teams from Purcellville that have an open participation policy where all players are allowed to play regardless of skill level.

There is $5,000 in the FY 2012 – 2013 budget to disperse. Applications can be found on line at www.purcellvilleva.gov. Follow the instructions, and send your completed application to, Town of Purcellville, Annual Sports League Funding, 221 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, VA 20132. All applications are due by 4:00 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2013.

Lacrosse Registration Opens this Month

December 4, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Lacrosse Registration Opens this Month

NoVa West Lacrosse is registering individual players and teams for winter indoor lacrosse sessions which begin in December and will be held at the Dulles SportsPlex in Sterling and the Winchester Sportsplex, visit www.novawestlax.com/nwill for more information and to register.

NoVa West Lacrosse is also registering for open tryouts for our summer select U9, U11, U13, U15 and High School teams. Tryouts will be held in February, March and April, for more details visit www.novawestlax.com.

Local Soccer Team Wins Division Title

November 21, 2012 Sports 1 comment

In their first season together, the ODFC Quest Thunder U13 Girls Soccer Team won their ODSL Division Championship for the Fall 2012 season as well as first place in their division in the Hunt Country Classic Fall Tournament last weekend. The team is made up of girls from Western Loudoun. Pictured front (l-r) McKenna, Lulu, Missy, Cris, Georgia, Catherine, Maddie and back (l-r) Shannon, Amanda, Sydney, Syd, Shannon, Cat, Natalie, Maddy. Coaches (l-r) Jay, Jim and TJ.

Registration for Winter Lacrosse Opens

October 25, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Registration for Winter Lacrosse Opens

NoVa West in partnership with the Winchester SportsPlex are now accepting team and individual registrations for the two winter 2012/2013 indoor lacrosse league sessions. For more information visit http://www.novawestlax.com/NWILL/index.asp. All players registered will be entered into a drawing for a new pro7 helmet.

Bolen Park to Host Inaugural Veterans Day Race

October 16, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Bolen Park to Host Inaugural Veterans Day Race

Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park in Leesburg, VA will host its inaugural Veterans Day 5K Race on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. The course, certified by USA Track & Field, is a cross-country style course over grass, paved paths and wooden bridges around the park. The park is located at 42405 Claudia Drive in Leesburg.

The park is the first regional park opened in Loudoun County since 1998. Named for Philip A. Bolen, the former county administrator and man many have called “Mr. Loudoun County,” the 405-acre property features baseball, softball, football, lacrosse, and soccer complexes, as well as trails, natural woodlands, picnic areas and a visitors’ center.

The race fee is $28 for adults before November 10, and $33 on the event day. The flat rate for ages 17 and under is $15. Runners can register online at http://www.prraces.com or at www.loudoun.gov/webtrac. Call 571-258-3487 for more information.

FCA Power 13u wins USSSA NOVA Fall States Tournament

October 16, 2012 Sports Comments Off on FCA Power 13u wins USSSA NOVA Fall States Tournament

Team members from left to right: Front row - Clark Hile, Aidan Nicholson, Andrew Donofrio, Zach Olsen, Parker Juergesen. Second row - Sam Upton, Chris Yermak, Kyle Dant, Jordan Winnett, Greg Payne, Nolan Badura, Jibreel Jaka. Third row - Coach Dennis Upton, Manager Jeff Payne, Coach Brian Hasson, Coach Marty Hile

The FCA Power 13u captured the USSSA NOVA Fall States tournament played in Fredericksburg on 10/13 and 10/14. Seeded 5th after pool play in the 13u AA Division, the Power outscored its three Sunday opponents 33 – 13 while knock off the #4, #1, and #2 seeds in succession. The most impressive victory on Sunday was a 12 – 5 victory over the #1 seed Stafford RiverBandits in the semi-finals. The RiverBandits came into the game undefeated against USSSA 13u AA tournament opponents this season. The tournament featured teams from Maryland and Virginia.

Champion Football Plays Fourth Game of Season

October 3, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Champion Football Plays Fourth Game of Season

The Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia’s (DSANV) Champion Football League of Northern Virginia (CFL) played its fourth successful game of the season on Saturday, September 29 at Freedom High School in South Riding.

“It is amazing to see the passion, dedication, and hard-work of every player in the CFL. Each individual has unique abilities that help form a strong team when everyone unites and works together,” said Bryan Ray, president of DSANV.

The league was founded last year by the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia and is the first football league in the Northern Virginia area serving individuals with disabilities.

In its second year, the CFL has seen a significant increase in enrollment. September 29 game had close to 40 champion players on the field, with over 30 players from Freedom High School’s Football team serving as coaches and mentors to the Champion players. … Continue Reading

Ida Lee Tennis Team Captures 2012 Leesburg Cup

September 18, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Ida Lee Tennis Team Captures 2012 Leesburg Cup

Team Ida Lee finished one point better than runner-up Middleburg Tennis Club to win the 20th annual Leesburg Cup championship at the Ida Lee Tennis Center on Sunday, September 16. Ida Lee took two matches during Sunday’s decisive last round to edge Middleburg by a score of nine to eight in total matches won. Chestnut Forks Athletic Club finished with overall seven points by winning five of their last six matches. The three-day tournament featured players aged 50 and over competing in Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles matches with a team format. Middleburg came into the event as the defending champions after winning the title in 2011. Kitty Foster captained the Ida Lee squad, and helped provide the winning margin of victory Sunday when she turned back MTC’s Kim Smithers in a pivotal head-to-head singles matchup. Foster rallied from 1-4 down in the first set to win 6-4, 6-2 and assure Ida Lee at least a tie for the Cup. The clinching point came from the team of Julie Seraphin and Cathy Browning, who won 6-2, 6-1 against Paula Klima and Susan Hanback of Chestnut Forks in the final round to give Ida Lee an insurmountable lead. Seraphin and Browning, Foster, and the mixed doubles team of Doug Whitman and Kathleen Castro each contributed two wins on the weekend for Ida Lee. Scott Carpenter (Singles), Bill Mabry and John Lombardi (Doubles), and Muriel Hunt and Steve Solow (Mixed) also won matches in their divisions. Other team members include Tammy Belote, Jane Sarver, Keith Durham, and Scott McNabb, Susan Nixon, and Ron Carpenter. The Leesburg Cup is an annual event between Ida Lee, Chestnut Forks Athletic Club, and the Middleburg Tennis Club. Originally begun at the Loudon Racquet Club and moved to Ida Lee in 2003, the event is one of three tournaments the clubs sponsor each year promoting inter-club play. The first leg of these is the Chestnut Forks Challenge Cup in early February, followed by the Morgan Cup at Middleburg in June. Ida Lee won all three championships during the past 2012 season.

Down Syndrome Association to Begin Champion Football League and Champion Cheerleading Season

September 8, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Down Syndrome Association to Begin Champion Football League and Champion Cheerleading Season

The Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia is proud to announce that the Champion Football League of Northern Virginia (CFL) will kick-off its second season, beginning with its first game on Saturday, September 8. Games will be held every Saturday at noon and will run through Saturday, November 3, 2012, for a total of nine games. All games will be played at Freedom High School in South Riding.

“This league is about the entire football experience — the excitement of the sport, the unity of a team, the support of the fans, and the reward of players pushing themselves to achieve,” said Brian Ray, President of DSANV. “But most importantly, it’s about every player contributing his or her own unique abilities to the team,” Ray continued. … Continue Reading

A True “International” Gold Cup Race

August 28, 2012 Sports Comments Off on A True “International” Gold Cup Race

The 2012 International Gold Cup marks the 75th running of this prestigious race and maintains international interest both in the spectator venues as well as on course. This event will provide a full day of entertainment at Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Road in The Plains, including six nationally sanctioned horse races, terrier races, and tailgate contest. A ceremony honoring past and present Olympic equestrians will also take place during the day.

The event is well-attended by Washington’s diplomatic community as well as ambassadors and representatives from many nations. The International Gold Cup provides a unique venue for social entertaining and a great place to network in the midst of spectacular scenery.

Gates open at 10:00 a.m.








The Holocene Climate


(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions


Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio


I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power


“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017


?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …


Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017


The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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