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Posted at 9:07 AM ET, 01/ 8/2010

Patriots, Panthers win a pair

The Park View and Potomac Falls boys and girls swept non-district matchups on the hardwood Thursday night. In Liberty District action, the Stone Bridge boys scored a big win over South Lakes at home.

Girls
Park View 38, Clarke County 31
Freshman Chloe Owens scored a team-high 10 points and Yorkie Torto added eight as the Patriots won for just the second time this season. Tied at 7 after the first quarter, Park View (2-8) held the Eagles scoreless in the second and went into the half with a 26-7 lead. Jordin Westbrook finished with six points and seven blocks for the Patriots who visit Briar Woods on Friday night, still looking for their first district win.

Potomac Falls 53, Heritage 41
Raven Short led all scorers with 19 points and Symone' Berry added nine and eight rebounds as the Panthers continued their hot start with a win in Leesburg. Erika Grabbi led the Pride with 12.

PF (7-2) — Short 19, Berry 9, Battle 7, Jefferies 7, Perez 6, Reid
3, Fauteux 2. Totals 21 8-12 53.
H (2-7) — Grabbi 12, Evans 8, Paskowski 8, Scott 8, Whoolery 5.
Totals 19 1-4 41.
Halftime: Potomac Falls, 26-19.
Three-point goals: PF 3 (Short, Battle, Jefferies); H 2 (Scott, Whoolery).
Rebounds: PF 39 (Short 3, Berry 8, Battle 3, Jefferies 8, Perez 6, Reid 2, Fauteux, Mook 6, Stanley 2).
Assists: PF 9 (Short 2, Berry 2, Jefferies 2, Reid, Fauteux, Stanley).

South Lakes 56, Stone Bridge 45
The Bulldogs lost for only the second time on the season, snapping a six-game win streak that included a sweep of the Leesburg Honda Holiday Tournament. With the loss, they fell to 2-1 in the Liberty District.

SB (8-2, 2-1) — Guzek 11, Stancik 10, Williams 7, Gouveia 5, N. Prince 5, Tiernan 4, Schierling 3. Totals 15 13-20 45.
SL (9-3, 3-1) — Tremba 16, Sutton 15, Beard-Fails 9, Schultz 9, Kendall 4, Wardlaw 2, Murphy 1. Totals 16 21-33 56.
Half: South Lakes, 24-14.
Three-point goals: SB 2 (Williams, N. Prince); SL 3 (Tremba 3).

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By Matt Brooks  |  January 8, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 01/ 7/2010

Top 20 and in-season All-Met

Vote in our weekly Top 20 boys and girls basketball polls and for our in-season All-Met teams.

Top 20 Polls
Boys
Girls

All-Met Watch:
Boys
Girls

And speak up for some unheralded Loudoun hoop stars in the Varsity Debate.

By Matt Brooks  |  January 7, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Posted at 9:21 PM ET, 01/ 5/2010

Back on the hardwood

Boys

Broad Run 72, Park View 59
Kevin McGaughey continued his hot streak, leading all scorers with 24 points on four three-pointers and Taylor Johnson and Ahmad Zafar finished with 12 points apiece as the Spartans (10-1) won their fourth straight. Sophomore Ryan McCarter had 17 points for the Patriots (5-4) and J.R. Shooks added 14 as Park View fell to 1-1 in the district.

Potomac Falls 65, Dominion 58
The Panthers kept rolling along after their lengthy holiday break, edging Dominion to improved to 8-1 on the season and 3-0 in the Dulles District. Lukas Mihailovich scored a game-high 27 - his fifth 20-point performance of the season - and Brendon Chesson added 12 as Potomac Falls won its fifth straight. Deandre Reaves scored 17 points and Andre Evans added 15 including 9 of 10 from the free throw line as the Titans (1-10) lost their sixth straight.

Briar Woods 61, Freedom 19
The Falcons (5-4) left no doubt in the latest installment of the battle of the birds, throttling Freedom in Brambleton behind 18 points apiece from Myles Tate and Correy Faciane. Taylor Barton scored 5 points to lead the Eagles (2-10) in their lowest scoring output of the season. Freedom managed just two points in the first quarter and has now lost five straight.

Osbourn 64, Loudoun Valley 49
Robbie Carter scored a game-high 21 points and Jay Lane added 19 points as the Eagles led by 15 at the half and held on the rest of the way. John Yoxthimer had 14 points and Kyle Kohnen finished with 13 as the Vikings (4-4) fell in their Cedar Run opener.

Battlefield 60, Heritage 36
Heritage led 17-12 after the first quarter but managed only three points in the second and dropped its third straight. Ross Alcorn scored 12 to lead the Pride (2-4) while Battlefield's Jamie Robinson led all scorers with 20.

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By Matt Brooks  |  January 5, 2010; 9:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Posted at 1:05 PM ET, 12/30/2009

Tuesday basketball round up

Scores and highlights from Tuesday holiday tournament action.

Leesburg Honda Holiday Tournament
Boys (at Broad Run)
Broad Run 68, Stone Bridge 49
The Spartans (8-1) continued their dominance of this event, blowing out co-hosts Stone Bridge behind Kevin McGaughey's game-high 16 points and three other double-figure scorers. DaDa Johnson had 13, Ahmad Zafar scored 12 points to reach double-figures for the eighth time in nine games and senior Ali Janjua added a season-high 11.

Nik Brown (15 points) and Richie Berry once again paced the Bulldogs (4-3) who trailed 32-18 at the half and never recovered.

Loudoun Valley 40, Dominion 33
Kyle Kohnen and Mike Hathaway scored 10 points apiece to help the Vikings (4-2) snap a two-game slide in a low-scoring win over Dominion. Deandre Reaves had 10 to lead the Titans (1-8) who dropped their fourth straight.

Girls (at Stone Bridge)
Broad Run 43, Dominion 38
For the second time in as many days, Dominion narrowly missed out on snapping its 32-game losing streak as the Spartans (5-3) had just enough offense to knock off their district rivals. Nina Dunay had a game-high 20 points for Broad Run and Morgan Roehling added 10. Jazmine Thomas and Colleen Reynolds each scored eight points for the Titans who fell to 0-9.

Stone Bridge 42, Loudoun Valley 26
Cori Prince scored 13 points to lead the Bulldogs (6-1) to a fourth straight victory over Valley. Sakai Williams added 10 points for Stone Bridge which has won its games by an average of 14 points this season. Stephanie Purnell finished with nine points to lead the Vikings (3-3).

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By Matt Brooks  |  December 30, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 12/29/2009

Monday basketball round up

Leesburg Honda Holiday Tournament

Boys
Broad Run 68, Loudoun Valley 45
Kevin McGaughey and Ahmad Zafar each scored 14 points as the Spartans (7-1) knocked off the Vikings for the second time in two weeks. Broad Run raced to a 22-15 lead in the first quarter and led 35-22 at the half. McGaughey did not connect on a two-point field goal but made four threes-pointers on the night. Thirteen different Spartans got on the board. Django DeGree led the Vikings (3-2) with 12 points.

Stone Bridge 95, Dominion 79
The Bulldogs got a season-high 29 points from junior Nik Brown - his fourth 20-point performance of the season - and senior guard Richie Berry added 22 as Stone Bridge rolled past Dominion in the second game of the night. Chris Huff scored 21 points with five three-pointers to lead the Titans (1-7) and Deandre Reaves chipped in 16. The Bulldogs (4-2) dominated their opponents at the free throw line, connecting on 25 of 31 attempts while the Titans only attempted 16 free throws.

Tuesday (at Broad Run):
Loudoun Valley vs. Dominion - 5
Stone Bridge vs. Broad Run - 6:45

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By Matt Brooks  |  December 29, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 12/28/2009

Holiday Hoops Festivus

The snow has melted and Christmas has come and gone, but a jam-packed week of local holiday basketball tournaments is just beginning. Here's a look at the top events involving Loudoun's teams...

Leesburg Honda Holiday Tournament (Stone Bridge/Broad Run)


Kevin McGaughey (25) and Broad Run will once again look to dominate Loudoun Valley and the rest of the field at the Leesburg Honday Holiday Tournament. (Joel Richardson for TWP)
12/28
Boys (at BR)
Broad Run vs. Loudoun Valley - 5
Stone Bridge vs. Dominion - 6:45
Girls (at SB)
Loudoun Valley vs. Dominion - 5
Broad Run vs. Stone Bridge - 6:45

12/29
Boys (at BR)
Loudoun Valley vs. Dominion - 5
Stone Bridge vs. Broad Run - 6:45
Girls (at SB)
Loudoun Valley vs. Stone Bridge - 5
Broad Run vs. Dominion - 6:45

12/30 (all at SB)
Girls
Loudoun Valley vs. Broad run - 2
Dominion vs. Stone Bridge - 3:45
Boys
Dominion vs. Broad Run - 5:30
Loudoun Valley vs. Stone Bridge - 7:15

What to watch for: This is always a fun tournament, not only for its backyard nature, but also because once again several of the teams involved have already seen their opponents once this year. That means few big surprises, but plenty of adjustments after the first meetings. On the boys' side, Broad Run goes in as the favorite, looking to defend its 2008-09 title. The Spartans (6-1) swept the field earlier this season but not without a little drama. They narrowly edged Stone Bridge 79-76 on Dec. 8 and then held off Dominion 69-64 before beating Loudoun Valley by 13. But the boys in maroon are likely still scratching their heads after that loss at Potomac Falls in which they coughed up a nine-point lead in the final five minutes to suffer their first defeat....Loudoun Valley saw its three-game win streak to start the season snapped against Broad Run but has wins over Potomac Falls and Park View on its resume. The Vikings (3-1) have a substantial size advantage going into the tournament with six players at least 6-foot-4 on their roster, including sophomore leading scorer John Yoxthimer (14.7 ppg)....The Titans (1-6) are still trying to find their footing after the mass exodus from last year's state tournament team, but they've been playing better of late with a win over Freedom and the five-point loss at Broad Run. Coach Steve Douglas's squad had some success in this event last season and they'll look to use this week as a turning point heading into the rest of the district slate....Stone Bridge has strung together three straight victories and its two losses each came by a mere three points. The Bulldogs (3-2) are led by guards Nik Brown and Richie Berry - both averaging right around 20 ppg - and rely on the backcourt duo to create and score on offense for a team averaging 79.2 points per game (that number is skewed by the 111-108 triple-OT loss to Potomac Falls).

On the girls' side, the Lady Spartans (4-2) have wins over Dominion and Valley, but lost by seven to Stone Bridge in their second game of the season. The Bulldogs (4-1) meantime have really turned things around in Chris Jones's second season at the helm. Their lone loss thus far was a last-second, two-point defeat at Potomac Falls....The Lady Vikings (2-2) continue their string of Dulles District foes - they're 1-2 so far this season - and Dominion (0-7) is still trying to snap a streak of 31 straight losses that dates back to the 2007-08 season.

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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 12/17/2009

Raiders' Hanna named Gatorade Player of the Year

Loudoun County senior outside hitter Juliane Hanna added to her slew of 2009 accolades Wednesday when she was named the Gatorade Virginia Volleyball Player of the Year.


Loudoun County senior Juliane Hanna is the Gatorade Virginia Volleyball Player of the Year. (John McDonnell, TWP)

A four-year player with the Raiders, Hanna was a critical contributor to the team's three consecutive Virginia AA state titles. The 5-foot-10 hitter recorded 312 kills, 204 digs and 76 aces on the season and had 41 kills, 31 digs, 11 blocks and 11 aces in three state tournament matches to lead her team to a sweep over previously undefeated Grafton in last month's state championship match. She was named Dulles District, Region II and Virginia AA player of the year.

"Juliane Hanna is an all-around tough player," said Westfield Coach Jim Bour. "The thing about her is I don't remember any weaknesses. She comes at you in waves; she's relentless. Hanna's just one of those players you want on the court with you."

Hanna has also excelled in the classroom where she maintains a 3.5 GPA. The first team All-Met selection will play for for the University of New Mexico next fall.

For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners, and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.

By Matt Brooks  |  December 17, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Posted at 3:26 PM ET, 12/16/2009

Top 5 Power Poll: Basketball

It's the season's first installment of the Top 5 Basketball Power Rankings. With district play just underway, we finally have some context for Loudoun's teams, but that doesn't mean these rankings are set in stone by any means. Create your own rankings below and let me know who you think the top teams are in the comments section.

BOYS

1. Broad Run (6-0)
Last week: Beat Heritage 78-67, Beat Dominion 69-64, Beat Loudoun Valley 71-58
Up next: Friday at Potomac Falls
Broad Run Coach John Costello told me last month that he was hoping to keep a low profile early in the season. So much for that attempt. The Spartans - who returned the top front court duo in the Dulles District in senior Kevin McGaughey (22.5 ppg) and junior Taylor Johnson (12.5) - are the defending tournament champions and have most of their scoring back from last year. Senior swingman Ahmad Zafar has hit double figures in five of six games and junior point guard Eric Hiatt is running the offense with the poise of a seasoned vet. Thus far, the Spartans been the cream of the crop in Loudoun. Friday's visit to Potomac Falls will show us if they really are the team to beat in the Dulles.

2. Loudoun Valley (3-1)
Last week: Beat Park View 81-49, Beat Potomac Falls 52-45, Lost to Broad Run 71-58
Up next: Tuesday vs. Loudoun County
The Vikings rolled to a strong start and had a chance to take the top spot Wednesday night but fell short against Broad Run. Six-foot-six sophomore John Yoxthimer leads a powerful front court that also includes 6-3 senior Cody Mangano and five other players 6-4 or taller. Senior sharpshooter Django DeGree also returns to give Valley a bit more offensive firepower than it had last season. The Vikings have a great shot to battle for a Cedar Run District title.

3. Potomac Falls (4-1)
Last week: Beat Stone Bridge 111-108 (3OT), Lost to Loudoun Valley 52-45, Beat Briar Woods 65-55
Up next: Friday vs. Broad Run
The near-consensus top team in the district entering the season (according to our very scientific LXP Coaches' Poll) has not disappointed in the early going. The Panthers opened with back-to-back blowouts and then edged Stone Bridge in an early - and strong - candidate for the game of the year. Their loss to a strong Loudoun Valley team is what some might call "a good loss" and they rebounded nicely by beat Briar Woods by 10 on the road. Lukas Mihailovich, who dropped 50 including the half-court game-winner against Stone Bridge, is the clear offensive leader of this team and could be the best scorer in the league. We should find out a lot about how much these 10 juniors have grown up over the last year.


With a 50-point game already under his belt, Lukas Mihailovich has the young Panthers poised to challenge for a district title. (Joel Richardson, TWP)
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By Matt Brooks  |  December 16, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Posted at 3:17 PM ET, 12/14/2009

Monday (Afternoon) Quarterback

At long last, the football season is over, but not before two teams from Ashburn added another chapter to their recent dominance of the Virginia high school football landscape.

Broad Run does it again

There's just something about those Jessop boys. Whether it's the baseball background or the ice water that seems to run through their veins, brothers Chris ('08) and Connor ('09) who have led the Broad Run Spartans to back to back AA Division 4 championships have some intangible trait that seems to show itself in the most important moments of the season.

Following Saturday's 21-16 win over Amherst, Broad Run Coach Mike Burnett said the following to Paul Tenorio about his sophomore quarterback:

"You got to do some genetic testing in that family because they're missing a gene that the rest of us don't have. His brother was the same way and he's the same way. They're just, they're unflappable, it just doesn't seem to matter what the situation is."


Sophomore Connor Jessop lived up to his last name in Saturday's final. (Tracy A. Woodward, TWP)
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By Matt Brooks  |  December 14, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Posted at 9:03 PM ET, 12/13/2009

Broad Run, Stone Bridge links

In case you slept through Saturday, here's what you missed... Broad Run won its second straight AA Division 4 title with a 21-16 win over Amherst thanks to three touchdown passes from unflappable sophomore quarterback Chris Jessop and more of that patented Spartan defense.

In Charlottesville, Stone Bridge dominated nearly every statistical category but came up just short as Phoebus claimed its fifth AAA Division 5 final in nine years with a 15-10 victory.

I plan to wrap up the season tomorrow with a final football edition of the MAQB, but here are some links to coverage on both finals.

Spartans are kings once more
- video
- photo gallery
- box score

Stone Bridge's loss is a heartbreaker
- video
- photo gallery
- box score

By Matt Brooks  |  December 13, 2009; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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