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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

Valley Lady Laxers Off to a Strong Start

May 6, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Valley Lady Laxers Off to a Strong Start

By Mac Shuford

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.

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.

Little League Opening Day around the Towns

May 5, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Little League Opening Day around the Towns

By Carri Michon 

Spring is here and with it comes the crack of bats, the smell of leather and whoops of delight – it’s baseball season.  Under water colored skies, our local western Loudoun Little League teams recently opened their season having waited all winter for the spring thaw and the chance to play baseball.  … Continue Reading

WLVBC U14 Crush Takes 2nd place

April 8, 2015 Sports Comments Off on WLVBC U14 Crush Takes 2nd place

Crush Take 2nd Place at MVSA InvitationalWestern Loudoun Volleyball Club U14 Team Crush garnered second place at the recently held MVSA Invitational which was played Sunday, March 29 at the Discovery Center in Germantown, MD. The team was second on its net, moved to the gold division, and ended up losing in the final match against the host team, MVSA Dynamite. The MVSA Invitational included eight clubs from across the Chesapeake Regional Volleyball Association. WLVBC Team Crush is made up of players from Western Loudoun, including Purcellville, Hamilton, Leesburg and Round Hill.

Photo: WLVBC U14 Team Crush celebrate its 2nd place medal won at the recently held MVSA Invitational. Team Crush is (back row) Lily Fortunato, Maddy Davis, Mackenzie Ashby, Gabriella Aziz, Suzanne Tunder (front row) Lauren McCloskey, Shelby Koons and Hally Jones. Coaches are Greg Fortunato and Bryan Koons. Not pictured: Amelia Dodson, Emma Szabo, Meghan Miklich

Middleburg Academy Basketball Champions

April 1, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Basketball Champions

The Middleburg Academy boys varsity basketball team (ranked #1) won the VISAA D-III state championship against Christ Chapel (ranked #3) with a score of 66-62. Christ Chapel enjoyed leading much of the game with a determined defense and a fast-paced attack that found Middleburg Academy playing as much as 10 points behind in the third quarter. It was in the final quarter that Middleburg Academy responded to overtake Christ Chapel.

The team’s coach, Jaye Haggler said, “When I walked on to the Middleburg Academy Campus I could have never have imagined this outcome. My goal was to teach the boys how to play this game and in the end I learned how and what it meant to sacrifice everything. I watched my guys grow from boys to men in one season. I could not be more proud and will never be for my first state championship and the young men who helped us achieve this goal.”
Middleburg Academy’s Athletic Director Carla Adgate said, “There is not another group that is more deserving of a state championship than the young men on our boys varsity basketball team, Coach Haggler and his coaching staff. They worked extremely hard in the off season and all season long. Things were not going well for them most of the championship game. They trailed Christ Chapel for the entire game, but somehow dug down deep and played together as a team to pull out the victory. I am so proud and happy for all of them.”








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 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election


On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust


By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

South Riding

I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed


Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

Figure 3 close up view of healthy coral polyps. [9]

(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

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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Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

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Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

5 Dec 2016


Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor told county delegates at the organization’s annual convention in Hot Springs that immigration reform “is an issue that has been delayed too long.” He noted that: “Work will begin on the 2018 Farm Bill next year. This is the most complex federal legislation farmers face, and it typically takes at least two years …

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Northern Virginia Chamber To Host Congressional Roundtable

5 Dec 2016


The Northern Virginia Chamber will host its annual Congressional Roundtable on Monday, December 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Chamber in Tysons (7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550). The dialogue will cover several issues at the intersection of federal policy and business – federal spending, energy, trade policy, the sequestration and the effect on Northern Virginia, transportation, …

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016


Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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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 …

It’s Our Right


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 …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Warner Introduces Bill To Help Wells Fargo Victims Get Their Day in Court


U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced legislation to give Wells Fargo customers who were victims of a fraudulent account scheme their day in court. The bank was involved in a scandal this year after it was revealed that Wells Fargo employees secretly …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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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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Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016


Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016


Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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