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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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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

Valley Lady Laxers Off to a Strong Start

May 6, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Valley Lady Laxers Off to a Strong Start
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The Loudoun Valley Ladies’ Lacrosse Team is off to a strong 5-2 start this year with their recent victories over district foes Dominion and Park View. After losing seven starters to graduation off last year’s state runner up campaign, Coach Tracey Albro has been busy rebuilding her team without having a “rebuilding year.” Led by Captains Haley Shuford (senior goalie) and Haley Voell (junior defense), the defense has not lost a step this year. Offensively, rising stars Marguerite Keane (junior Midfield), Parrish Alto (junior Midfield), and Claire Ashworth (sophomore Attack) have consistently produced week after week. … Continue Reading

Western Loudoun Volleyball Clubs Wins Silver

May 6, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Western Loudoun Volleyball Clubs Wins Silver

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U14 Team Crush won the Silver Division at this year’s Chesapeake Regional Volleyball Association Regional Tournament in the Club Division.  CHRVA’s Regionals were held Saturday, April 25 at the Discovery Center in Germantown, Md. CHRVA Regionals included a Gold, Silver, Bronze and Four Flights of teams from the regions, with 58 teams competing in ?the tournament.
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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U13 “Intimidators” finished its club season winning the Silver Bracket at the Chesapeake Regional Volleyball Association’s regional tournament.  CHRVA’s regionals were held Saturday, April 25 at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md.  For the U13 program, regionals was split into Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Flight, with 34 teams competing.  WLVBC’s team won the silver bracket, enjoying wins over eight of the top teams in the region, and closing its season with a high note.  WLVBC is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing local athletes from Purcellville, Round Hill, Lovettsville and Leesburg with opportunities to play competitive volleyball within the CHRVA region.
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Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

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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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Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

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Waterford Concert

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Free Gardening Lecture

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Movies in the Park Return to Ida Lee This Summer

25 May 2016

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“101 Dalmatians” kicks off the season on Thursday, May 26. Get the popcorn ready! The Town of Leesburg will once again be hosting Movies in the Park this summer. This free series will feature an evening movie on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer, hosted at Ida Lee Park.

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

20 May 2016

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– By Mark Gunderman Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their …

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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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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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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, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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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 …

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