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The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

June 1, 2016 Sports Comments Off on The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title
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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular season with 16 wins and only one loss and advance to the regional playoffs.

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

June 1, 2016 Sports Comments Off on Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field
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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet?

The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier.

He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League.

The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home. … Continue Reading

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

February 3, 2016 Sports Comments Off on Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second
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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team.

WLVBC started eight years ago, dedicated to its motto, “when we serve well, good things happen.” Over the years, the program has grown, adding resources and programs, and is at its largest participation levels in 2016 with more than 140 families from Purcellville, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Leesburg and parts of Clarke County involved. The WLVBC is also active by volunteering in the local community by supporting efforts with Interfaith Relief Services and Loudoun County Animal Services.

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

December 2, 2015 Sports Comments Off on ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines
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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22. 

The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys Alliance 22 team won the U12 Boys Yellow Division Championship game of the Columbia Fall Classic located in Columbia County, MD.

The ODFC West travel soccer program is led by John Regan and is based in Purcellville. Teams are currently looking for new players ranging in age from 7-13. For more information visit www.johnregansoccer.com, johnregansoccer@yahoo.com or call 703 431-3614.

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Middleburg Wins State Championship

November 28, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Middleburg Wins State Championship
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Middleburg Academy’s Girls’ Volleyball team won the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 2 state championship at November 11th’s finals. The 3-0 victory over Peninsula Catholic (#2) capped a season for the Dragons who finished with an impressive 30-2 record.

Key wins in their season were home and away victories over Flint Hill (who won the Division 1 State Championship) where Middleburg Academy won the Flint Hill Tournament Championship. “We have a lot of respect for Flint Hill and the tradition they have built, but those wins did give us the confidence to make a run at the State Championship” said junior Megan McDonald ‘17. It was in that same tournament that Middleburg also defeated the team they lost to in last year’s championship game. … Continue Reading

Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

November 4, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports
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The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County.

The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships (one to a male student and one to a female student) to each of the four oldest high schools in Loudon County for the 2015-2016 school year. The long-term goal is to award two scholarships to every high school in Loudon County. The scholarship is named after Don Rose Sr, who served as a coach and mentor to hundreds of Loudon County athletes over a 47-year time-period.

Visit http://www.donroseyouthfund.com/ for more information.

Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament

November 4, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament
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Ida Lee Park Tennis Center’s Ladies Singles 2.5 Team, Simply Smashing, won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship tournament, held October 16-18, at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club.

Simply Smashing members include team captain Beth Cioni, Debbie DeLadurantaye, Jennifer Fox, Robin Haast, Holly McMullen and Deja O’Malley. They train out of Ida Lee Park Tennis Center, under the coaching of tennis professional Mark Elliot.

USTA League is the country’s largest recreational tennis league, organized as competitive team match play. Teams and matches are set up according National Tennis Rating Program rating categories so that teammates and their opponents have similar skill levels. The ratings are based on a scale from 1.0 (player is just starting to play tennis) to 7.0 (player makes his/her living from tournament prize money).

For more information about Ida Lee’s tennis programs, visit www.idalee.org.

ODFC Quest Wins Dulles National Soccer Tournament

September 30, 2015 Sports Comments Off on ODFC Quest Wins Dulles National Soccer Tournament
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The ODFC Quest U12 girl’s soccer team won their bracket during the 24th annual Dulles National Soccer Tournament at Moven Park in August. The team is based in western Loudoun and is coached by John Regan. 

Photo (l-r): Back row: Delilah DeMark, Catherine Kelly, Mackenzie Shores, Maggie Sheridan. Middle: Hannah Rayburn, Addison Carroll, Tatum Black, Leah Hegerich, Brooke Nicholson. Front: Mia deLadurantaye, Hadley Hill, Jane Bodamer, Alley Jones, Ashlyn Cool.
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Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

September 2, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams
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D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the score of 80 to 66.

During the five-day tournament in Las Vegas, Spartan Elite faced competition from Texas, Memphis, Milwaukee, California, Arizona and Colorado, but Williams adds, “our greatest competition is found within ourselves, with No Fear, the Spartan organization’s motto, these athletes were prepared to rise above their competition to victory.”  “Many teams at the national level draw from wide population areas, D1SA demonstrated that we have elite talent here in our county,” said Mark Traub, D1SA parent.  

This Spartan Elite team of Loudoun County 10th grade boys is the cornerstone of D1SA, a non-profit organization established in 2011 to promote year-long basketball environments for the youth of this area.  “Even though this win will stay with us forever, our Spartan team returned home and went right back to work.  That’s what it means to be Spartan Elite,” said Matthew Traub, member of the team.

D1SA Ladies Spartan Elite 15U team also traveled and competed in the Las Vegas Classic. They went undefeated until their upset in the semi-final game against Triple S Warriors (CA) 40 to 35 placing them third in the Platinum Bracket.

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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

August 7, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games
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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the University of Oregon.

“Because everyone in the race was trying to win I knew the last lap was going to be fast,” Drew said. “I was pleased with how hard I closed and I am content with second to a great runner in Blake Haney who placed third at the NCAA meet …. for now.”

Prior to the USTF National Championship Meet which was held in Eugene, Oregon, Drew competed in two other prestigious post-season meets. On June 13, he ran in the Adidas Dream Mile in New York City. Drew finished second to returning champion Grant Fisher running 4:02.36, the third fastest time in Virginia history and the fifth fastest U.S. high school junior ever.

On June 20, Drew ran and won the Brooks PR meet in Seattle. Drew competed in the 2-mile run and avenged his loss to Fisher by beating him in a new Virginia state record, 8:42.48. The time was also the fastest ever run by a U.S. high school junior.

American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

August 5, 2015 Sports Comments Off on American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament
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Batter up!

Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces.

Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, radio clubs, emergency funds, and much more. But, locally … in June, July and the dog days of August … it’s all about baseball. … Continue Reading

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

July 1, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony
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– By Carri Michon

The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given every year since 9/11 to a western Loudoun graduating senior, was presented. The 2015 recipient Andrew Lohr, is a graduating senior from Loudoun Valley who will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall. An excellent student, Lohr volunteered for his church and community as well as an umpire for ULLL for a number of years. Lohr threw out the first pitch for the game.

Norris Beavers, the Upper Loudoun Little League president, was then given a special recognition for his many volunteer service to our local youth. At the beginning of the spring Little League season Beavers announced his retirement at the end of the Little League year 2015. Beavers has served the youth of western Loudoun for the past 30 years as both a board member and president of ULLL. He has held the office of president for 15 of those years. A framed MLB Cubs pinstripe jersey with Beavers appliquéd on the back was presented, since he coached the Cubs during the years Beavers’ three boys played baseball. An engraved Louisville Slugger bat was also presented. When asked for his thoughts on the changes he has witnessed along the years, Beavers said, “We have improved our playing fields with many fields having batting cages, bullpens and new fencing and new dugouts.” Of course, lights at Haske Field, are a haul mark of Norris’ tenure in the league. As for the countless hours Beavers has given to our local youth he said, “When I meet someone and they tell me when their sons played Little League baseball many years ago and they had the best time. When I hear that, I know it was worth all the effort.”

Following the ceremonies, the Majors championship was then played between the AL Royals and the NL Pirates. The teams traded runs for most of the contest before Major Schollian jacked a three run homer to take the lead for good in the 5th inning for the Pirates. The final score showed 7-5 Pirates.

WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

May 13, 2015 Sports Comments Off on WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament
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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals.

“I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 hours of competitive play. We’re excited to celebrate the end of the season with a medal,” stated WLVBC’s Ignite Head Coach Aubrey Blankenship. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Human Fingerprints on Climate Change

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Presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – June 23, 2016 Recently I was asked whether humanity’s fossil fuel use was the cause of the current global warming. This is a good question and I’m not surprised that there …

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

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Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

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Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

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It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Monday, June 27, 2016. On that day new Purcellville Town Council members will be sworn into office, at Town Hall. …

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

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Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

27 Jun 2016

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78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale. The first Donation Day of the summer will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, …

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

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Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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