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Saxon Football Players Make Collegiate Commitments

Harvey, Clemete set to take their game to the next level; underclass lineman Jack Howerton earns All-State recognition.

Two Langley High football players – defensive standout Marcus Harvey and two-way lineman Dylan Clemente - recently made commitments to play the sport at the collegiate level.

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Cougars Claw Their Way to State Tournament Victory

Oakton gets a big late game basket from Caroline Coyer and pulls away from Monaca in state quarterfinals.

There were less than four minutes remaining in last Friday night’s Virginia State AAA girls’ basketball quarterfinals playoff game between Oakton High and Monacan High of Richmond. A basket by Monacan had just tied the score and Oakton needed to answer. And who better to answer the call than senior guard Caroline Coyer, one of the region’s best all-time players, who has made her share of big baskets in leading the Cougars to state playoff appearances in three of her four high school years.

Edison Boys’ Enjoy Wonderful Breakthrough Season

Region runner-up Eagles fall to Petersburg at state quarterfinals.

In the end, it proved to be one of the best seasons in the history of the Edison High boys’ basketball program. The Eagles, part of the less-heralded National District, were not one of the teams most Northern Region hoops followers were taking seriously at the start of the 16-team regional playoffs.

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Ryan Forrest’s Quest for State Crown Falls Just Short

South Lakes senior wrestler finished second in Virginia despite battling illness over the postseason.

Following a third place finish in his respective 145-division weight class at last winter’s 2011 Virginia State AAA high school wrestling championships, South Lakes’ Ryan Forrest was determined to come back and capture this year’s ultimate prize – a state crown.

Breakthrough Season to Remember Ends for Westfield

Region champion Bulldogs, at state playoffs, take Henrico to the wire in four-point loss.

The Westfield High boys’ basketball team struggled to get its footing early on in it’s first-ever Virginia State AAA playoff game last Friday night versus Henrico High of Richmond. Perhaps it was a case of opening minute jitters which played a role in a sluggish first quarter in which the Bulldogs, this year’s Northern Region champions, committed nine turnovers and scored just six points.

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Bulldogs Bask in Glory of First Region Basketball Crown

Westfield, behind tourney MVP Elcano, defeats Edison in boys’ finals.

For a seasoned, talented Westfield High boys’ basketball team, the key to this season’s stellar postseason run, which reached a pinnacle when the Bulldogs captured their first-ever Northern Region tournament title, the result of a convincing 62-49 finals win over Edison this past Monday night, Feb. 27, at Robinson Secondary, has been its ability to simply continue during the playoff season what it did all throughout the regular season when the team from the Concorde District went 19-3.

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End of a Remarkable Basketball Season for McLean Boys

Highlanders go 24-4, capture Liberty crown, and reach region Final Four.

The McLean High boys’ basketball squad, under head coach Kevin Roller, had one of the best teams in school history this season, enjoying an outstanding regular season followed by a postseason in which the Highlanders captured the Liberty District tournament title and ultimately went all the way to the Northern Region tournament semifinals.

Oakton Girls Re-Claim Northern Region Basketball Crown

Kathleen Coyer steps up to score 29 points in win over West Springfield.

The `Coyer Era’ of Oakton High girls’ basketball could not be winding down in more spectacular fashion than it currently is. The Coyer twins, senior guards Caroline and Kathleen, have played vital roles in the Cougars’ unparalleled success over the past four years. Caroline, the team’s point guard, is one of the Northern Region’s all-time best players. Katherine, at shooting guard, is a tremendous defensive player who scores when called upon and can match the on-court prowess of the best players out there.

Indoor Track Season Wraps Up at State Meet

Local Northern Region athletes compete in Hampton.

A number of local athletes put together strong showings at last weekend’s Virginia State AAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, held Friday and Saturday (Feb. 24-25) at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton. On the boys’ side, Westfield High finished third overall and was the top finisher from out of the Northern Region. The Bulldogs finished with 27 team points. The team champion was Western Branch (48) of Chesapeake, a member of the Eastern Region. Finishing second was Grassfield (34 points) of Chesapeake.

Fairfax Boys Show Flare for Drama in Basketball Postseason

Rebels’ season ends with overtime loss to Edison in region semifinals.

Fairfax High’s basketball postseason of 2012 will long be remembered because of the team’s success as well as the grit and determination the Rebels showcased as three of their playoff contests were decided in overtime.

Spartans Fall to Oakton in Region Basketball Finals

Katherine Coyer has game to remember as Cougars defeated defending champs.

West Springfield High’s bid for a second straight Northern Region girls’ basketball crown was not realized on Monday night when the Spartans, going up against the team they eliminated at regionals a year ago, lost a hard-fought title contest to unbeaten Oakton, 63-49, at Robinson Secondary.

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Madison Defeats South Lakes in Liberty Girls Finals

Tourney MVP Koshuta of Madison scores 32 in win; Rendle, Severin earn All-Tourney honors for Seahawks.

The James Madison High girls’ basketball team played one of its best games of the season in last Friday night’s Liberty District tournament finals versus South Lakes. The defending district champion Warhawks were clicking in all areas of the game and kept a talented Seahawks’ squad at bay in a 78-47 victory. The postseason title game took place at South Lakes’ spacious Wendell G. Byrd Gymnasium in Reston.

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Bulldogs, Warriors Take it to the Wire

Westfield emerges victorious in first round region playoff action.

Monday night’s first round Northern Region boys’ high school basketball playoff game, between a physically strong Westfield squad versus a running, defensive-pressure oriented Wakefield opponent, was pretty much close throughout. Both teams, with their seasons on the line, played as if there were no tomorrow. The result was like a close boxing match gone the distance as both the Warriors and home team Bulldogs continually took one another’s best shots only to come right back and deliver one themselves.

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McLean, Fairfax Boys Play Game for the Ages

Rogo-led Highlanders, in double overtime, win Liberty championship.

High school championship games do not get much more dramatic or better than the one played last Friday night at South Lakes High School in Reston between the McLean Highlanders and Fairfax Rebels.

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Overall good showing by Northern Region at State Wrestling

Westfield’s Donahue earns state title; Dooley of Madison and Forrest of South Lakes earn second place medals.

Three Northern Region teams – Robinson, Annandale, and Westfield High Schools – finished among the top 10 team finishers at last weekend’s Virginia State AAA Wrestling Championships, held Feb. 17-18 (Friday and Saturday) at Robinson Secondary.

Langley Wrestling Continues Strong Postseason

The Langley High wrestling team finished ninth place overall at last Saturday’s Northern Region Championships. The 30-team, two-day event took place Feb. 10-11 at Hayfield High School in Alexandria.

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Madison Wrestling Continues Strong Postseason

Warhawks Hoy, Dooley capture Northern Region crowns.

The Madison High wrestling team finished 10th place overall at last Saturday’s Northern Region Championships. The 30-team, two-day event took place Feb. 10-11 at Hayfield High School in Alexandria.

Local Swimmers Step Up at Region Championships

Chantilly boys earn sixth place team finish; Westfield and Chantilly girls finish among top 10 teams.

Top Centre View-area individual girls’ finishers included: Chantilly’s Logan Coulson-Moore (third place in 100-back, fourth in 200-free); Westfield’s Carli Molano (second in 50-free); and Chantilly’s Maggie Shaw (7th in 500-free).

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Westfield Captures Concorde Wrestling Title

Bulldogs take first ahead of defending Northern Region champion Robinson.

The Westfield High wrestling team put together a dominant showing at last weekend’s Concorde District Championships, held Friday and Saturday (Feb. 3-4) at Chantilly High School. The Bulldogs, behind seven individual champions, scored 207 points, well ahead of runner-up Robinson’s 165, to capture the district crown.

District Indoor Track and Field Championships Completed

South Lakes boys win Liberty ahead of second place Langley; Oakton girls capture Concorde crown.

The South Lakes High indoor track and field teams were victorious on both the boys’ and girls’ sides at the recent Liberty District championships, held over two days at the Prince George’s County Sportsplex in Maryland. The first day of postseason competition took place on Friday, Jan. 27. The second and final day of action was held last Thursday, Feb. 2.

South Lakes Wrestling Breaks Through for Third Place District finish

Forrest brothers, Ryan and Josh, both gain individual titles.

The South Lakes High wrestling team put together its best postseason showing in recent memory when the Seahawks earned a third place team finish at last Saturday’s Liberty District Championships. The two-day event (Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4) took place at Langley High School.

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District Wrestling Championships Set for This Weekend

Langley, unbeaten during district regular season, will be aiming for a postseason banner.

The Langley High wrestling team is set to begin the postseason portion of its schedule this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, when it hosts the Liberty District Championships meet. The two-day event will begin Friday evening at 5. On Saturday, action will start up again at noon time and run throughout the day.

Woodson’s Dash Makes Collegiate Decision

Cav wide receiver set to play for first-year football program.

W.T. Woodson High senior football player Marcus Dash, earlier this week on the Feb. 1 National Signing Day for high school athletes, was scheduled to sign a college letter of intent to play NCAA Div. 2 football at Alderson-Broaddus (A-B) College in Philippi, West Va.

Chantilly Girls Holding Their Own in Concorde Play

Chargers working to get best possible seeding for upcoming district basketball tournament.

Just like every other opponent of the powerhouse Oakton High girls’ basketball team this season, the Chantilly High squad realized it had a huge task in playing the unbeaten Cougars earlier this week in Concorde District action. Chantilly gave visiting Oakton a good showing but lost, 55-35, in the contest played this past Tuesday night. Oakton, the Northern Region champions in two of the past three years, improved to 19-0 overall and 7-0 in the district. Chantilly, with the loss, left the floor with an 11-8 overall mark and a 3-4 record in district play.

District Indoor Track and Field Championships Underway

Chantilly, Centreville, and Westfield all set for second day Concorde action on Thursday.

The Concorde District Indoor Track and Field Championships got underway last Thursday, Jan. 26 with Day One action at the Prince George’s County Sportsplex in Maryland. Local teams Centreville, Westfield, and Chantilly High Schools made up three of the six participating schools at the postseason event.

Young Lancer Girls Showing Improvement on Hardwood

Despite poor win percentage, Lee High team is getting better.

This has been a tough, rebuilding season for the Lee High girls’ basketball team, which carried a 2-15 overall record going into this week’s play. Nevertheless, Lancer head coach Harold Jackson said his team has shown good improvement over the course of the winter season, even if it cannot be measured with wins and losses.

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Seahawk Wrestlers Confident Going Into Districts

Postseason tournament set to take place Friday and Saturday at Langley High.

The South Lakes High wrestling team earned its first dual team victory of the season when it edged host Yorktown High, 46-44, in a non-district competition which took place on Jan. 11 in Arlington.

Madison Boys Making Progress in District Hoops

Senior guard Nate Favero is Warhawks’ top scorer this winter.

The Madison High boys’ basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 52-38 win at Liberty District opponent Stone Bridge High in Ashburn on Jan. 20. Then, in their next game three days later at district rival McLean, the Warhawks nearly pulled off an upset victory in a 54-53 loss to the sizzling hot Highlanders.

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Herndon Girls Looking for Elusive First Win in District

Hornets have lost close games in Concorde to Westfield, Centreville, and Chantilly.

The Herndon High girls’ basketball team came up just short in a 49-46 overtime loss at Concorde District opponent Westfield last Friday night. Westfield, one of the better teams in the Northern Region, improved its record to 11-5 overall and 2-2 in district play. Herndon, meanwhile, slipped to 8-7 and 0-4.

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Stallions Defeat Wolverines in Patriot District Basketball

South County improves district mark to 6-4 with win.

The South County Secondary boys’ basketball team continued its impressive play of late with a 72-54 Patriot District home win over West Potomac this past Tuesday night, Jan. 24. The win was the fourth for the Stallions in their last five games and improved their record to 11-7 overall and 6-4 in district play.

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Oakton Remains Undefeated in Girls’ Basketball

Caroline Coyer becomes school’s all-time assists leader.

The Oakton High girls’ basketball team is annually a formidable team and one of the top outfits in the state of Virginia. The Cougars won region crowns in 2009 and 2010. Last year, after winning the Concorde District tournament title and then reaching the Northern Region tournament semifinals, they saw their season end with a round of four defeat to West Springfield High. That setback, which ended the Cougars’ season and prevented them from qualifying for the state tournament, was Oakton’s first and only loss of the season and ended their hopes of winning a third straight region crown.

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Westfield Boys Enjoying Outstanding Hoops Season

Bulldogs receiving numerous contributions over first four games of Concorde schedule.

The Westfield High boys’ basketball team continued a season in which it has emerged into one of the top teams in the Northern Region by defeating defending Concorde District champion Herndon, 73-62 in overtime, last Friday night, Jan. 20. The road victory improved the Bulldogs’ record to 13-3 overall and 4-0 in the district. Herndon, which went as far as the Northern Region semifinals last year, fell to 7-8 and 2-2.

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`Team Concept’ Going a Long Way for Fairfax Girls

Senior McNaughton leading Rebels basketball as Liberty schedule heats up.

The Fairfax High girls’ basketball team did not stay down for long following a 58-46 Liberty District loss to first place Madison High on Monday, Jan. 17. The setback, which snapped a three-game win streak for the Rebels, hardly had a lingering affect for Fairfax, which came back to win its next two district games on the road.

Additional Manpower Boosts Herndon High Wrestling

Hornets have good showing over break at Loudoun Holiday meet.

One year has made a positive difference for the Herndon High wrestling team. Last winter, the Hornets had a skeleton line-up with just five varsity team members. This season that has all changed as Herndon has enough personnel to fill out each weight class in competitions. Wins have been hard to come by, but at least Herndon is able to compete at all of the weight classes.

McLean Edges Rival Saxons in Girls’ Basketball

Langley boys, meanwhile, remain unbeaten in Liberty play at 8-0.

In a girls’ high school basketball cross-town rival matchup last week, the McLean Highlanders edged the Langley Saxons, 40-38, in the Liberty District contest played at Langley High School. McLean, with the win, improved its overall record to 8-7 overall and 4-3 in the district. Langley, meanwhile, saw its record fall to 5-11 and 4-4.

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VHSL Sets New Direction for Classifying Schools

At its Dec. 7 meeting, the Virginia High School League (VHSL), the governing body of high school sports in the state, voted to develop a new classification model for high school sports teams and leagues to be presented to the VHSL Executive Committee on Feb. 22.