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April 30, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Let’s Play Ball

By Carri Michon

The past two glorious Saturdays have found many a family at the baseball diamond. Games have begun and with that Opening Day ceremonies for Little League baseball around our small towns here in western Loudoun. A snapshot includes:

Parades: Both Lovettsville and Hamilton had parades. Erik Rohs, a AAA Reds player said, “My favorite thing about Opening Day is riding in the parade with my team through town.” A young Hamilton T-baller, Maggie Mills, who was in the parade for the first time highlighted that she “liked riding in the truck!” That statement was seconded by her little brother, Jack, who added, “and the candy!”.

Ceremonies: Lovettsville, Hamilton, Round Hill and Purcellville all held individual Opening Ceremonies. The colors were officially presented in Lovettsville by Colonel Wesley Fox of the Young Marines and in Hamilton by the US Navy Presidential Color Guard. Around the towns, National Anthems were sung by elementary school students, a mayor’s daughter as well as by the barbershop quartet, Mint Condition, in Round Hill. Purcellville included a tribute to the late Don Rose, Sr. It was noted that there have been many instrumental people over the 53 years of Upper Loudoun Little League who have keep the league running so that the children can play the great game of baseball. … Continue Reading

Round Hill Hometown Festival 5K Accepting Registrations

April 18, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Round Hill Hometown Festival 5K Accepting Registrations

Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Round Hill Hometown Festival 5K on Saturday, May 25, starting at 8:00 a.m. The course begins at Round Hill Elementary School on Evening Star Drive and winds through the town of Round Hill before finishing back at the school.

Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers. Awards will be given to the top two male and female finishers in each of the following age categories: 11 and under, 12–17, 18–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60 – 69, and over 70.

Children are invited to participate in their own ½ mile Fun Run, to be held immediately following the conclusion of the 5K (usually around 8:45 a.m.). There is no registration or fee required for the Fun Run; all participants will receive ribbons. … Continue Reading

Loudoun One Stadium Appears Headed for Approval

April 3, 2013 Sports 1 comment

Farmwell Station Middle School in Ashburn was the site of the most recent showdown over the proposal to locate a new professional sports stadium in the Loudoun One commercial development, located at the southwest corner of Loudoun County Parkway and Route 7.

The stadium is the planned home for the Loudoun Hounds of Atlantic League baseball and Virginia Cavalry F.C. of the North American Soccer League. When first approved, One Loudoun included 3.12 million square feet of office space, 702,000 square feet of retail, two hotels, and other uses. The new proposal, which includes the 5,500-seat One Loudoun sports stadium, calls for 2.8 million square feet of office space, along with changes to a planned town green and the elimination of a preserved wetland and a tree conservation area. … Continue Reading

Upper Loudoun Little League Opening Day – April 20

April 3, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Upper Loudoun Little League Opening Day – April 20

ULLL teams from Purcellville South, North, and Middleburg will be participating. Jeff Brown will give a history of Haske Field, and there will be guest speaker Don Rose Jr. who will speakon behalf of his late father, Don Rose. Games will follow.

Two Local Students Compete in High School Alpine Ski Racing Championships?

April 3, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Two Local Students Compete in High School Alpine Ski Racing Championships?

The Eastern High School Ski Championships (EHSC) were held at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire from March 8 to 10. Loudoun Valley High School Sophomore Andrew McAlister and Tuscarora Sophomore Sarah Wyly are members of the Southern Alpine Racing Association (SARA) high school championship race team, which is made up of high school students from Virginia and West Virginia. The competition is an annual event that highlights the end of the ski season with competitive racing against the top high school skiers in the East, and is the only race of its kind in the United States.

Sarah Wyly trains and races for the Wintergreen Resort Race Team while Andrew McAlister trains and races for the Bryce Resort Race Team. This year’s SARA race team was comprised of seven girls and six boys. The SARA racers competed against 10 teams from the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast as well as a Wisconsin team. Most racers were high school juniors and seniors. The SARA Team had three juniors and one senior. The team was coached by Wintergreen Race Team coaches Paul Given and Robert Sandy. … Continue Reading

Umpires Needed!

February 6, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Umpires Needed!

By Bill Roth

It might be the coldest days of the winter thus far but already we can faintly hear in the background, “Com-on blue”! A holler from the stands coming from the fan, parent or coach on a warm spring day who believes they have a better view of the pitch or play than the umpire. And, not long from these blustery cold days, will the once again time hardened tradition of second-guessing the umpire be in full swing. It matters not the sport, as fans of all ages always know more than the official on the court or field. However, with the NFL as example, fall 2012 gave us a snapshot of life without trained officials of a game, showing the fairness of the contest comes in question. … Continue Reading

Don Rose: Remembering a Champion – and More – for Youth Sports

February 6, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Don Rose: Remembering a Champion – and More – for Youth Sports

Donald Neff Rose, Sr. passed away on January 24. He was born on October 16, 1938, to Thomas and Esther Rose in Paris, VA. He was a generous man who dedicated his time to youth sports not only in Loudoun County but to the whole state of Virginia. He entered the Army after graduating from Marshall High School where he served as a paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne. He was vice president of LEO Construction, a Rose family business, and the Babe Ruth State Commissioner of Virginia. He embodied sportsmanship and wanted all youth to be able to play sports in Loudoun County. And, his influence was large. His coaching and mentoring to youth spanned well over 40 years. “Don had a way of getting you involved,” said Gloria (Craun) Elgin, former president of Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth.  “It was always for the kids,” Elgin continued.  “I picture him building a giant press box in heaven so Mickie Gordon, John Haske and Don could have a perfect view of every baseball game.” (Mickie and John were well known local sports advocates.) “He wanted every kid to play, and every kid to be treated equal,” said his son, Donny Rose. … Continue Reading

Town of Purcellville Sports Funding Application

January 18, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Town of Purcellville Sports Funding Application

The Town of Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for the Annual Sports League Funding. The organization/league must serve the Town of Purcellville area and have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players. Priority consideration will be given to sports teams from Purcellville that have an open participation policy where all players are allowed to play regardless of skill level.

There is $5,000 in the FY 2012 – 2013 budget to disperse. Applications can be found on line at www.purcellvilleva.gov. Follow the instructions, and send your completed application to, Town of Purcellville, Annual Sports League Funding, 221 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, VA 20132. All applications are due by 4:00 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2013.

Lacrosse Registration Opens this Month

December 4, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Lacrosse Registration Opens this Month

NoVa West Lacrosse is registering individual players and teams for winter indoor lacrosse sessions which begin in December and will be held at the Dulles SportsPlex in Sterling and the Winchester Sportsplex, visit www.novawestlax.com/nwill for more information and to register.

NoVa West Lacrosse is also registering for open tryouts for our summer select U9, U11, U13, U15 and High School teams. Tryouts will be held in February, March and April, for more details visit www.novawestlax.com.

Local Soccer Team Wins Division Title

November 21, 2012 Sports 1 comment


In their first season together, the ODFC Quest Thunder U13 Girls Soccer Team won their ODSL Division Championship for the Fall 2012 season as well as first place in their division in the Hunt Country Classic Fall Tournament last weekend. The team is made up of girls from Western Loudoun. Pictured front (l-r) McKenna, Lulu, Missy, Cris, Georgia, Catherine, Maddie and back (l-r) Shannon, Amanda, Sydney, Syd, Shannon, Cat, Natalie, Maddy. Coaches (l-r) Jay, Jim and TJ.

Registration for Winter Lacrosse Opens

October 25, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Registration for Winter Lacrosse Opens

NoVa West in partnership with the Winchester SportsPlex are now accepting team and individual registrations for the two winter 2012/2013 indoor lacrosse league sessions. For more information visit http://www.novawestlax.com/NWILL/index.asp. All players registered will be entered into a drawing for a new pro7 helmet.

Bolen Park to Host Inaugural Veterans Day Race

October 16, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Bolen Park to Host Inaugural Veterans Day Race

Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park in Leesburg, VA will host its inaugural Veterans Day 5K Race on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. The course, certified by USA Track & Field, is a cross-country style course over grass, paved paths and wooden bridges around the park. The park is located at 42405 Claudia Drive in Leesburg.

The park is the first regional park opened in Loudoun County since 1998. Named for Philip A. Bolen, the former county administrator and man many have called “Mr. Loudoun County,” the 405-acre property features baseball, softball, football, lacrosse, and soccer complexes, as well as trails, natural woodlands, picnic areas and a visitors’ center.

The race fee is $28 for adults before November 10, and $33 on the event day. The flat rate for ages 17 and under is $15. Runners can register online at http://www.prraces.com or at www.loudoun.gov/webtrac. Call 571-258-3487 for more information.

FCA Power 13u wins USSSA NOVA Fall States Tournament

October 16, 2012 Sports Comments Off on FCA Power 13u wins USSSA NOVA Fall States Tournament

Team members from left to right: Front row - Clark Hile, Aidan Nicholson, Andrew Donofrio, Zach Olsen, Parker Juergesen. Second row - Sam Upton, Chris Yermak, Kyle Dant, Jordan Winnett, Greg Payne, Nolan Badura, Jibreel Jaka. Third row - Coach Dennis Upton, Manager Jeff Payne, Coach Brian Hasson, Coach Marty Hile

The FCA Power 13u captured the USSSA NOVA Fall States tournament played in Fredericksburg on 10/13 and 10/14. Seeded 5th after pool play in the 13u AA Division, the Power outscored its three Sunday opponents 33 – 13 while knock off the #4, #1, and #2 seeds in succession. The most impressive victory on Sunday was a 12 – 5 victory over the #1 seed Stafford RiverBandits in the semi-finals. The RiverBandits came into the game undefeated against USSSA 13u AA tournament opponents this season. The tournament featured teams from Maryland and Virginia.


 

 

 

 

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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

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Welcome Home to this Colonial in Lovettsville

6 Apr 2017

By Hannah Hager All of us seek to put down roots in ?a pleasant, safe and prosperous area, and you’ll find as much within this home in the Dutchman’s Creek neighborhood in Lovettsville. Today, Lovettsville has all the trappings of an all-American hometown – a pizzeria downtown, excellent schools and busy streets that settle into quiet nights. Its claim to …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful

5 Apr 2017

Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.  Contact Lovettsville area leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to coordinate pick-up  locations:  laura.long.lieberman@gmail.com.

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Take Me To the Garden Show

5 Apr 2017

The 27th Annual Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival comes to town Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The award-winning event, estimated to attract 40,000 visitors over the two days, gets better and better every year. And, that’s not just the vendors and organizers talking; that’s the truth, …

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Rep. Comstock Returns from Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon

Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after returning from a bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon: “As believers around the world observed Holy Week, I appreciated the opportunity to visit and hear from those who serve our fellow man – our military men and women …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Growth in Solar Industry-Related Jobs

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia is one of the fastest growing solar job markets in the country. In the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2016, Virginia is 2nd in the Southeast and tied with Utah for 9th in the U.S. for year-over-year solar job growth. The Commonwealth is ranked …

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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Sports

Woodgrove Training for Spring Track

9 Apr 2017

Woodgrove students get ready for the upcoming Spring track season. Photos courtesy of Robert Nelson

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Summer Camp Launched

6 Apr 2017

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 …

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