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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

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.


Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

June 1, 2016 Sports Comments Off on Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field
purcellville cannons

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

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.


ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

December 2, 2015 Sports Comments Off on ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

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.


Middleburg Wins State Championship

November 28, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Middleburg Wins State Championship
Middleburg Academy volleyball

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

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

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

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.

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

September 2, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

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.


Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

August 7, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

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

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

– 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
Ignite Takes Silver at Spring Fling resized

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








The Trump Effect


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Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017


By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock


Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens


We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier


(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor


By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

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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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

18 Jan 2017


Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford. The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff …

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017


Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


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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Vote No To the Minor Special Exception


We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

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Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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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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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives


Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95


Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Ida Lee Spring NFL Flag Football Registration Filling Fast

18 Jan 2017


Deadline for the House League registration is February 13. Registration for the Spring 2017 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast. We are excited to offer again two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football …

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

Woodgrove Gymnastics

The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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