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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7

By Andrea Gaines

American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins this summer, finishing 10-5 in the 15th–16th District regular season, with an overall record of 11-7-1. 15th–16th District League Championship Tournament wins (July 18 – 22) included a victory over Post 53 Front Royal. Post 72 Warrenton forfeited its July 22 game against the Rangers, moving the team forward to a double elimination tournament on July 28. The team prevailed, and was picking up the bat at Fireman’s Field as the Blue Ridge Leader went to press on August 3. … Continue Reading

Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

July 7, 2016 Sports Comments Off on Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football
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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate.

This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; 12; and 13-15 year-old divisions. Teams will be selected and formed through a draft process after the player evaluations. The league schedules seven regular season games for each team, followed by playoff games to determine champions in each age division. Games will begin on September 10 and the season will end on November 12.

Cost per player is $140, with an early-bird rate of $120 for registration before July 1. To register, visit www.leesburgva.gov/flagfootball or contact Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703 777-1368.  If you are interested in coaching a team, contact Andrew Kim, Flag Football Manager at 703 771-2778 or akim@leesburgva.gov. 

Everyone’s Getting Into Cannons Action!

July 6, 2016 Sports Comments Off on Everyone’s Getting Into Cannons Action!
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Purcellville Cannons? Baseball July Schedule

July 9, 7 p.m. at home Covington?
July 12, 7 p.m. away Winchester?
July 13, 7:30 p.m. Harrisonburg?
July 14, 7 p.m. at home Strasburg?
July 15, 7 p.m. at home Woodstock?
July 16, 7 p.m. away Front Royal?
July 17, 7 p.m. at home New Market?
July 19, 7 p.m. away Winchester?
July 20, 7 p.m. away Charlottesville?
July 22, 7 p.m. at home Covington?
July 23, 7 p.m. at home New Market?
July 24, 8 p.m. away Woodstock?
July 25, 7 p.m. at home Winchester?
July 26, 7 p.m. away Strasburg

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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Defending the Over-Pampered

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“The purpose of studying economics is to learn how not to be deceived by economists.” Joan Robinson, Professor of economics at Cambridge University, Basel Lecture, 1969. “[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists …

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Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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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

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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

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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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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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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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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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