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Little League Opening Day around the Towns

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

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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Winning Streak

March 4, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Winning Streak
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After starting 3-8 they have won 12 of the last 14 including a 4th straight region quarterfinal win against 21-2 Culpeper on Friday February 27.  The Vikings advance for the fourth year in a row to the Region Semi-finals.  

The Vikings mid-season improvement was largely due to the fact that they have started a freshmen point guard, 11 Jalen Williams, and two sophomore guards 2 Nick Ball and 23 Jamir Deree and it took some games against good competition to get them acclimated to varsity basketball and learning to win close games.  Jalen, Nick and Jamir have become a young dominating force for both on offense and in the full court defense.  Jalen leads the team with 45 made three point field goals, while Nick leads in point per game at 11, and Jamir averages 7.5 ppg and 5 rebounds per game.  … Continue Reading

Little League Season Update

August 8, 2014 Sports Comments Off on Little League Season Update
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By Carri Michon

This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper Loudoun Little League!” After countless hours of work to complete all the games, by the end of June, the seasons were done ending with the yearly tournaments for ULLL. Played under the lights at Haske Field in Purcellville, the championship games are full of energy and draw large crowds to cheer on the young players. … Continue Reading

Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

July 20, 2014 Sports Comments Off on Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28
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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014.

The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier flag league in Northern Virginia with dedicated Bermuda grass game fields, top notch officiating and “real” NFL jerseys. Each participant is guaranteed a minimum of six regular season games plus playoffs. Teams practice twice a week per week during the preseason and once per week once games have begun. … Continue Reading

Lady Vikings Claim District Lacrosse Title

June 3, 2014 Sports Comments Off on Lady Vikings Claim District Lacrosse Title
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By Mac Shuford

The Loudoun Valley girls lacrosse team beat Woodgrove 10-7 on May 22 for the district championship. It was a hard fought victory and a long time coming as Valley had never beaten Woodgrove until this game, having narrowly lost last year’s district and regional Titles in the same stadium. Woodgrove scored first after winning the opening draw and held that lead until about halfway into the first half with their ball control offense and aggressive defense. However, the Wolverines had no answer for Valley senior and district player of the year Corley Simons as her third goal of the night gave the Vikings a 5-4 lead while she controlled nearly every draw in the first half. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Lady Laxers off to Blistering Start

April 30, 2014 Sports Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Lady Laxers off to Blistering Start
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By Mac Shuford

The Loudoun Valley Girls’ Lacrosse Team is on fire this year. With recent wins over powerhouses Broad Run and Battlefield, the team is off to a 7-1 start with the sole loss being to last year’s state runner up and 6A stalwart, Langley HS. Led by seniors Corley Simons, Ashlyn DiLoreto, and Courtney Schollian, the Lady Vikings are in the hunt for a state title this time around after bowing out in the semifinals last June. With the Loudoun Valley construction project in full swing and multiple injuries to key starters, it has been a tough road this year, but Coaches Tracey Albro and Amy Rollins have their girls in fine form for what should be their best season. … Continue Reading

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

April 9, 2014 Sports Comments Off on Nominate Your Hometown Hero
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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

Lady Vikings Give Back

February 10, 2014 Sports Comments Off on Lady Vikings Give Back

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this season. One Community, One Cause. The Lady Vikings beat the Wolverines 48-42.

Photo: Lady Vikings and their honorees.

Blue Ridge Team Visits Salamander Resort

February 4, 2014 Sports Comments Off on Blue Ridge Team Visits Salamander Resort
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The Blue Ridge Middle School travel basketball team recently got a tour of the new Salamander Resort in Middleburg from the owner herself, Sheila Johnson. Team mom Deb Cadenas contacted Johnson asking for a sponsorship to buy some spirit wear for the team.

“I was shocked when I got a call personally from Dr. J. at my home saying she wanted to not only help our school but the whole Western Loudoun Basketball League with a gold sponsorship,” Cadenas said. “This is a $10,000 gift that helps over 100 teams. She said she loves basketball and wanted to help the kids play sports and knew it was expensive to pay for court time. Our team was so taken back by her generosity that it made a profound impact on both the players and their parents.” … Continue Reading

Ida Lee to Offer Two NFL Flag Football Leagues in Spring 2014

December 30, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Ida Lee to Offer Two NFL Flag Football Leagues in Spring 2014
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Registration for both leagues is now open.
 
Registration for the Spring 2014 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast.  The Town is excited to offer for the first time two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football Elite League.  These two leagues will provide opportunities for players of all skill levels. … Continue Reading

Ida Lee Flag Football Teams Make Run at NFL Regional Championship

December 3, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Ida Lee Flag Football Teams Make Run at NFL Regional Championship
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The Leesburg NFL Flag Football league was represented by two teams at the New York Jets NFL Regional Tournament held in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, on November 16.

The 12-and-under “Ida Lee Fast and Furious,” coached by Eric Johnson and Dave Sorrell, had an outstanding tournament, and were undefeated – allowing zero points in pool play, earning them the number two seed out of 36 teams. Ultimately, they fell just short in the semifinals in a hard fought game.  The 10-and-under “Ida Lee Gamer’z,” coached by Brian Dean and Mike Scarnato, also had very successful pool play.  The Gamer’z finished pool play undefeated and only gave up 6 points, earning them the number three seed out of 28 teams.   Despite a valiant effort, they lost in the second round of playoffs against a tough Boston team. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

Editorial

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 …

Op-ed

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 …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

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 …

Student News

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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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

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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