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Purcellville Cannons: Talent, Talent and More Talent

By Andrea Gaines

Cannons home opener vs. the Winchester Royals at Fireman’s Field, Friday, June 3.

At their 2017 home opener, the Los Angeles Dodgers absolutely trounced the San Diego Padres. Said one sports commentator: “Their opening-day bats were so special … it was easy to forget the Dodgers also benefited from the planet’s best arm.”

That, of course – the talent an organization brings to the field – is the most important predictor of a team’s possibilities for the season. And, if that’s true, the Purcellville Cannons are poised to have a pretty great one. Because between returning players, and the team’s newest recruits, the Cannons have put together quite a roster for their second season. … Continue Reading

WLVBC U14 Boys Volleyball Wins WLVBC Invitational

May 3, 2017 Sports Comments Off on WLVBC U14 Boys Volleyball Wins WLVBC Invitational

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys team won the inaugural WLVBC Invitational Tournament held Saturday, April 15 at Foxcroft School.  The team went 4-0 on the day, winning first place against WLVBC U15 boys team in a three-set match 25-19, 22-25 and 15-11. The team reached the Gold Bracket in all of its single day events, finishing 3rd in five tournaments. 
 
WLVBC is one of only two volleyball clubs in Loudoun County that has a boy’s program, and had two teams competing in events this season.  The club has clinics scheduled for April, May, June and July.  The program also offers sand and grass play, with courts at facilities including Franklin Park and Patrick Henry College.  Details found at www.wlvbc.org.
 
Photo: Kneeling:  Parker Osoba, Ryan Croson, Andrew Plowman, and Daniel Nour.  Standing:  Assistant Coach Joanne Dekker, Jack Lydon, Spencer Holdridge, Nate Pearsall, Brody Graham, Randy Devere, Cooper Josties and Head Coach Matt Croson. 

Cannons in the Batter’s Box for Second Season

May 3, 2017 Sports Comments Off on Cannons in the Batter’s Box for Second Season

– By Andrea Gaines
This year marks the Purcellville Cannons’ 2nd season in Purcellville. Baseball fans, rejoice.

“If I could identify one thing that I hope to accomplish this year,” said General Manager Ridge Fuller, “it would be to sustain the level of community support we got in 2016. To come in new to town and be almost instantly known and recognized, was just amazing.”
Purcellville loves its baseball … and the honeymoon isn’t even over yet. During the 2016 season, the Cannons attracted a record 500 to 700 fans per game, and hit it out of the park by attracting 1,200 guests on opening night. One-thousand two-hundred cheering fans under the lights at Fireman’s Field. … Continue Reading

LVHS Boys Basketball Team State Champs

May 3, 2017 Sports Comments Off on LVHS Boys Basketball Team State Champs


Loudoun Valley High School Boys Basketball Team State Champions receive recognition at the April 25 Purcellville Town Council meeting. May 1, is Loudoun Valley High School Day in Purcellville.

Woodgrove Training for Spring Track

April 9, 2017 Sports Comments Off on Woodgrove Training for Spring Track

Woodgrove students get ready for the upcoming Spring track season.

Photos courtesy of Robert Nelson




Western Loudoun Volleyball Summer Camp Launched

April 6, 2017 Sports Comments Off on Western Loudoun Volleyball Summer Camp Launched

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club will be hosting its first ever summer camp June 26-29 at Foxcroft School in Middleburg.  The coed, four-day camp will run from 9-5 each day and feature advanced skills training, game strategy and mental approaches to the game.  The program will be managed by WLVBC’s Technical Director, Joe Norton, assistant head coach for the George Mason University men’s volleyball program.    … Continue Reading

Crossfire Wins Second Place

April 5, 2017 Sports Comments Off on Crossfire Wins Second Place

WLVBC U16 Team Crossfire competed in the Baltimore Elite Invitational on March 25. Team Crossfire went 8-0 in pool play, reaching the Gold Bracket Finals.  Crossfire ended in second place, silver finish, after a very hard fought three set match 25-18, 18-25 and 18-20. 

Pictured left to right Back Row: Assistant Coach Bryan Koons, Taylor Gryder, Maddy Davis, Katherine McCauley, Sydney “Big Syd” Johnston, Suzanne Tunder, head Coach Judd. Front Row: Lauren McCloskey, Hailey Walcott, Shelby Koons, Spencer Toohill

Pictured left to right Back Row: Assistant Coach Bryan Koons, Taylor Gryder, Maddy Davis, Katherine McCauley, Sydney “Big Syd” Johnston, Suzanne Tunder, head Coach Judd. Front Row: Lauren McCloskey, Hailey Walcott, Shelby Koons, Spencer Toohill

WLVBC Dominates

March 30, 2017 Sports Comments Off on WLVBC Dominates

U16 CrossfireWLVBC U16 Team Crossfire competed in the Baltimore Elite Invitational on March 25, 2017. Team Crossfire went 8-0 in pool play, reaching the Gold Bracket Finals. Crossfire ended in second place after a very hard fought three set match 25-18, 18-25 and 18-20. A hard fought silver finish.

Pictured l-r Back Row: Assistant Coach Bryan Koons, Taylor Gryder, Maddy Davis, Katherine McCauley, Sydney “Big Syd” Johnston, Suzanne Tunder, head Coach Judd.Front: Lauren McCloskey, Hailey Walcott, Shelby Koons, Spencer Toohill … Continue Reading

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

March 8, 2017 Sports Comments Off on Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second only to William Fleming’s 53.5 points.

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

February 23, 2017 Feature, Sports Comments Off on WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group.

The team was second on their net on day one, reached the Gold Bracket, lost a close three set match against eventual champion Coastal VBC, but rebounded to win the consolation match and 3rd place by beating Prolific VBC 25-19, 26-24.

Pictured:   Kneeling left to right:  Daniel Nour, Andrew Plowman, Ryan Croson, Nate Pearsall Standing, left to right:  Tony Lydon, assistant coach, Cooper Josties, Jack Lydon, Brody Graham, Randy Devere, Spencer Holdridge, Parker Osoba, Head Coach Matt Croson Not Pictured:  Assistant Coach Joanne Dekker

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Kneeling left to right: Daniel Nour, Andrew Plowman, Ryan Croson, Nate Pearsall
Standing, left to right: Tony Lydon, assistant coach, Cooper Josties, Jack Lydon, Brody Graham, Randy Devere, Spencer Holdridge, Parker Osoba, Head Coach Matt Croson Not Pictured: Assistant Coach Joanne Dekker

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

February 15, 2017 Sports Comments Off on Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville.

Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns her a spot competing at States in all four events: vault, bars, beam and floor. Senior Sarah Snare placed 7th on floor at Regionals, which advances her to States competition in that event.

The Regional competition capped a fantastic season for the Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics team. The team placed first in multi-team regular season meets at Loudoun Valley, Heritage and at home and placed second to Freedom High School at meets there and at Park View High School. The Wolverines broke the school’s all-time high team score at Conferences, where they outscored Freedom to win the Conference 21W Championship.

Photo: Sarah Snare on floor

Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

February 1, 2017 Sports Comments Off on Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team.

The Wolverines excelled in individual competition as well. Sophomore River Stone placed 1st on vault, 3rd on bars, tied for 1st on floor and placed 2nd all around; senior Sarah Snare placed 6th on bars, tied for 4th on vault, tied for 5th on beam, tied for 1st on floor and placed 4th all around; freshman Jodi Snare placed 7th floor, 3rd on vault and 5th all around; freshman Erin Keane placed 6th on floor and tied for 5th on beam; and sophomore Erin Ramsey placed 6th all around.

Woodgrove Gymnastics Hosts Home Meet

January 24, 2017 Sports Comments Off on Woodgrove Gymnastics Hosts Home Meet

Woodgrove High School’s Varsity Gymnastics team will host a five-team meet on Tuesday, January 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Wolverines will face teams from Park View, Rock Ridge, Riverside and Loudoun Valley high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare, co-captains for the team, will be honored during the meet. The home meet was originally scheduled for Jan. 5 but was postponed due to icy conditions. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

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Transforming Scars – Engendering Hope

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Cooksville Road

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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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First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live
June 3, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
June 4, 2017

OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA

OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA
June 5, 2017 June 6, 2017 June 7, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus

Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus
June 8, 2017 June 9, 2017

CA$H Bingo

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June 10, 2017

20th Annual Cajun Festival

20th Annual Cajun Festival

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Healing Service

Healing Service
June 11, 2017

Come Paint with Us

Come Paint with Us
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CA$H Bingo

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Pete Lapp Live at north Gate Vineyard

Pete Lapp Live at north Gate Vineyard
June 18, 2017
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June 24, 2017

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You
June 25, 2017
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MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
June 29, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
June 30, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
July 1, 2017

CA$H Bingo

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Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
July 2, 2017

Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard

Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard
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Music with a Cause June Concert: Bud’s Collective

31 May 2017

The Music with a Cause Concert celebrates the culmination of its first year with a concert to be held at Otium Cellars at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Bud’s Collective is a powerful trio of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. The evening will also feature an auction of a piece from David Norton Pottery. Norton is an …

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Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Has Begun

31 May 2017

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest, which began May 22. A panel of judges from the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee will choose three finalists based on creativity, originality, and message. Artwork or photography submitted should reflect the spirit of Loudoun and the work of Loudoun County Public …

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Loudoun Art Advisory Committee – Call for Artists

31 May 2017

All Loudoun County artists are invited to submit original photographs for the 2017 Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee show “Loudoun’s Evolving Landscape: At-Risk Art Project.” The photographs, which may be in color or black and white, will be exhibited in Gallery One on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg, from September …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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Cultivate Innovation-Driven Solutions

By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Schools are letting out for summer break and many families are celebrating graduations and making plans for college. Few would disagree with the importance of quality affordable education. While it may not be prominent in the conversations, our state and local governments play key roles …

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Sports

Purcellville Cannons: Talent, Talent and More Talent

31 May 2017

By Andrea Gaines Cannons home opener vs. the Winchester Royals at Fireman’s Field, Friday, June 3. At their 2017 home opener, the Los Angeles Dodgers absolutely trounced the San Diego Padres. Said one sports commentator: “Their opening-day bats were so special … it was easy to forget the Dodgers also …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Volleyball Wins WLVBC Invitational

3 May 2017

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys team won the inaugural WLVBC Invitational Tournament held Saturday, April 15 at Foxcroft School.  The team went 4-0 on the day, winning first place against WLVBC U15 boys team in a three-set match 25-19, 22-25 and 15-11. The team reached the Gold Bracket …

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