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Valley Principal Assures No Threat to School

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This evening, Loudoun Valley High School Principal Sue Ross sent an e-mail to Loudoun Valley families discussing a rumored threat to the school. Below is her message.

Good evening, this is Sue Ross, principal at Loudoun Valley. During the last few hours there have been numerous posts on social media saying that it is unsafe to attend Loudoun Valley tomorrow. Nothing could be further from the truth. Emotions ran high Friday at our school after the death of a student Thursday. Out of frustration, a student may have said something irresponsible that was overheard by other students. To their credit, these students reported these words to the administration immediately. The student was questioned and it was determined that there was no threat whatsoever. There was, and is, no credible threat to student and staff safety at Loudoun Valley. Purely as a precaution — and let me stress this — purely as a precaution, there will be extra law enforcement officers at Loudoun Valley tomorrow. Last Thursday, I asked our students to be responsible and mature when using social media and they responded beautifully. I would renew that request tonight knowing you will respond in the responsible manner I’ve come to expect of you. Thank you.

Police Investigating Student Death

January 15, 2016 News, Public Safety 1 comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office along with the Purcellville Police Department is investigating an apparent suicide of a Loudoun Valley High School Student, on Thursday, along the W&OD Trail near LVHS.

LVHS Principal Sue Ross sent out an email and a recorded phone call to the school community saying, “This death, while tragic, does not involve any of our other students, nor does it pose a safety threat to our campus.”

The school will have additional counselors Friday, January 15, to help the students and staff work through this difficult time, stated Ross in the email.

Award-Winning Valley Players Bring “A Christmas Carol” To Purcellville

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Award-Winning Valley Players Bring “A Christmas Carol” To Purcellville
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Nothing quite makes the Christmas season feel complete more than watching “A Christmas Carol.” And this year, the award-winning Loudon Valley High School Players will be performing this timeless holiday classic on December 4, 5 and 6.

“A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite stories,” said Valley’s drama director, Russ Staggs. “Its message is universal, its characters relatable, and it is relevant even today.”

Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” as a novella in 1843, and since then it’s been made into numerous movies, performed on countless stages, and has created iconic characters like Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim, as well as memorable lines like, “God bless us, every one!”

Like any classic, it’s always a joy to see it performed again, and actors continue to find new ways to portray the story’s memorable characters. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley High School Viking Players

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Valley High School Viking Players
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Come join the Loudoun Valley High School Theatre for the time-honored classic “A Christmas Carol.” Journey with Ebeneezer Scrooge as he rediscovers the true spirit of Christmas. Come ready to laugh, cry, and join in the fun on December 3, 4 and 5 at 7:00 p.m., and December 6 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and will be sold at the door. Don’t be a hum-bug – come out to Valley Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol!”

Loudoun Valley Athletic Hall of Fame

September 3, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Athletic Hall of Fame
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Loudoun Valley High School will be inducting nine people into the school’s Hall of Fame on September 25. They will honor the school’s former athletes with a reception at 5 p.m. and then on the football field during halftime of the game that night.

This year’s honorees are:
Archie Moore, who coached from 1971-2005 for basketball, football and baseball.
Austin L. Thomas, who played basketball from 1975-1979.
Avery G. Howard Sr., who competed in track from 1983-1987
Chris Doran, a soccer player from 1987-1991
Jennifer Cooper Barlow, a gymnast from 1990-1994
Jennifer Everhart, who played softball and volleyball from 2001-2005
Lewis W. Owens, a football player from 1969-1973
Frank Ortiz, who supported Loudoun Valley athletics from 1975-1989
Trip Wilhelm, who played football and baseball from 1995-1999

50th LVHS Combined Reunion September 18, 19 and 20

August 7, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on 50th LVHS Combined Reunion September 18, 19 and 20
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By Andrea Gaines

“We’ll be catching up, reminiscing, and going back to a more simple time. A time when we were a little more carefree.”
So promises event organizer Judy Arbogast Fisher in describing the upcoming 50th Loudoun Valley High School Combined Reunion, to be held over three days in September.

The Friday, Saturday and Sunday event will celebrate the high school’s three original classes of 1964, 1965 and 1966. Highlights of the three-day extravaganza include a golf outing on Friday morning at the Loudoun Golf & Country Club in Purcellville, a Friday night break-the-ice mixer at the Beautiful South restaurant in Hamilton, a Saturday night dinner dance and a catered BBQ picnic on Sunday at Franklin Park. A tour of today’s Loudoun Valley High School is another of the festivities planned for Sunday. “Loudoun Valley has doubled in size in the years since we attended the school,” said Fisher. “When I attended we had no cafeteria – we’d bring brown bag lunches to school. We had no auditorium and the gym was not yet completed. People will love to tour the current high school and see how far it has come.” … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Debate Team Wins State Championship

May 6, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Debate Team Wins State Championship
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The Loudoun Valley Debate Team won the Virginia High School League state championship the weekend of April 24 at Liberty University. This is the team’s second state championship; they won last year also. Their specialty is Lincoln Douglas and public forum debate. Their coach is Julie Hildbold who teaches English at LVHS. Hildbold said, “Debate requires teamwork and a strong work ethic. In debate students develop public speaking skills and critical thinking. It is definitely intellectually challenging.”

The team covers world topics, philosophy, and all sorts of strategies for speaking and arguing. Valley freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to join the team.

Shrek: The Musical Comes To Loudoun Valley High School

April 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Shrek: The Musical Comes To Loudoun Valley High School
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– By Kimberly Rinehart

The award-winning Loudoun Valley Viking Players will perform the hugely popular Shrek: The Musical at Loudoun Valley High School over two weekends in April.

The family-friendly musical tells the hilarious story of the lovable ogre, Shrek, and his quest to rescue Princess Fiona and bring her to Duloc to be married to the pint-sized Lord Farquaad.

“Shrek has a great message,” said Christian Jost, who plays Shrek. “The show teaches kids to be comfortable in their own skin. Self-esteem is a big struggle for kids and I think that few other productions deal with this subject in a positive way. Rather than having the beautiful princess marry the handsome prince, this story shows that no matter what you look like or how you act, there can be a happy ending for everyone.”

“It’s a fairy tale with a twist,” added Lauren Harris, who plays the Dragon. “The music is great and the show is incredibly well cast.”

The production is the collaboration of more than 100 students, teachers, parents and volunteers throughout the community.

“This is by far the most elaborate show I have ever been part of in terms of sets and costumes,” said Matt Merline, who plays Lord Farquaad. “The cast is so funny and positive, and I think this really enhances the performances.”

Theater Director William “Russ” Staggs, who directed the musical, said that, “this experience has been truly inspiring.”

“The hard work everyone has brought to the process makes this one of the strongest musical theatre pieces I’ve had the honor to be part of. From top to bottom, this is a must-see show,” he said.

Shrek: The Musical will be performed in the Loudoun Valley High School auditorium. Showtimes are:

Friday April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m.;
Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door or online at ?www.lvhsvikingplayers.ticketleap.com/shrek/.

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

Loudoun Valley Drama Crowned State Champs

February 3, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Drama Crowned State Champs
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Loudoun Valley High School’s Drama Department had a successful fall. They traveled to Norfolk in October for the Virginia Theatre Association’s annual conference and state competition. Their production, “The Trial of Ygor,” written by Virginia native Brian Wrestler and directed by Loudoun Valley’s Russ Staggs, swept the awards, bringing home nearly a dozen different trophies in various categories. The cast and crew were recognized for lighting and sound design and execution, ensemble work and acting.

Individual acting awards were given to juniors Matt Geczy and Patrick Dahlman, who portrayed the judge and Victor Frankenstein, respectively. Charlie Trochlil, a sophomore, was named the best actor in the state of Virginia.

After two intense performances, the Loudoun Valley Drama troupe was named state champions for their performance. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Is Where Jones’s Heart Is

December 10, 2014 Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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By Hannah Hager

If the home is where the heart is, then Loudoun Valley High School is home for Rodney Jones and its students and staff are his family.

A life in education felt like second nature to him because Jones, who is Social Science Department chair and presents lectures on both psychology and modern world history, comes from a long line of educators. His mother is a special education teacher and his father is an assistant principal in Stafford County.

“I like helping,” he said. “I’m big on service. It felt natural to [teach].”

The foundation of teaching stands the test of time – you plan a lesson, teach the class and grade the papers. But, as a graduate student teacher at the University of Virginia where he received both his bachelor’s and masters in history and teaching respectively, Jones discovered that it takes much more than the basics to make a house a home. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter 10/2/14 – 10/8/14

October 12, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter 10/2/14 – 10/8/14
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10/4/14 – 12:00 p.m. – 300 block of Davis Dr. – Nonviolent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.
10/5/14 – 7:00 a.m. – 200 block of A St. – Fraud – Victim reports that an unknown subject (s) used their credit card account to make purchases.
10/5/14 – 1:22 a.m. – 340 N. Maple Ave LVHS – Burglary / Breaking and Entering – Victim reports two subjects broke into the school.
10/8/14 – 7:16 p.m. – 900 block of Devonshire Cir. – Burglary – Report of subjects attempting to break into a house.

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


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

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 …

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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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

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

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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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

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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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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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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