Saturday, December 14, 2013

Vikings Magical Season Comes to an End in 3A State Football Semifinals

By Moe Murphy
special to Viva Loudoun

PURCELLVILLE,VA (12/7/13)- The Loudoun Valley High School Vikings were just one win away from playing for the VHSL 3A state football championship in Lynchburg, but that dream fell short as the Northside Vikings defeated Loudoun Valley, 29-14, at Leonard Stadium in Purcellville on Saturday December 7.

“Our great year was just a by-product of our kid’s hard work and our player’s hard effort,” Loudoun Valley coach Danny McGrath said. “We have great leadership within the group, and our guy’s tended to surprise us every week with the abilities that they had.”

Go to Viva Loudoun to read the full article, with video and photo coverage of the game

Highlight video by Moe Murphy  LIC/Big City Productions © 2013

Post Game Interview Video by Moe Murphy  LIC/Big City Productions © 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Washington’s woes continue at the hands of San Francisco

by Moe Murphy
special to

Washington QB Robert Griffin III gets ready to take a snap during Monday’s game against San Francisco. Griffin and the Redskins were unable to find the end zone in a 27-6 loss to the 49ers.—Times-Mirror Photo/Moe Murphy
LANDOVER, MD (11/26/13)- The Washington Redskins' struggles continued Nov. 25 at FedEx Field as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Redskins, 27-6.

“That was the toughest defense we’ve gone against this year,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. “They did an excellent job of not letting us get into a rhythm to run the ball or throw the ball.”

Washington was limited to 190 net yards for the game, 100 rushing and only 90 yards passing. This also marked the first time in Robert Griffin III’s college and professional career that his offense did not score a touchdown.

“Yes, it’s frustrating. We’re frustrated. Everyone’s tired of losing – us, fans, the media, everybody," Griffin said. “You have to have the right guys in the huddle in there with you and I know they’ll keep fighting with me and I’ll fight with those guys any day. It’s frustrating, but we have to move on to the next one.”

Read the full article with photo's and video at 

The Loudoun Times Locker Room Report (Video)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chief Zee wishes the World Happy Thanksgiving!!

LANDOVER, MD (11/25/13)- Zema "Chief Zee" Williams was at FedEx Field prior to the Washington Redskins game against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. The Chief is never at a loss for words.

Happy Thanksgiving from Clarke County Sports

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Game of the Week to return with special coverage of Clarke Co vs. Brunswick

By Moe Murphy
Clarke County Sports

BLUEMONT, VA (11/28/13)- Clarke County Sports Editor Moe Murphy has announced that the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week will return to the air for a special playoff edition this Saturday as the undefeated Clarke County Eagles host the Brunswick Bulldogs in the third round of the VHSL Region 2A Playoffs.

"We are very excited about reviving the Game of the Week as Clarke hosts their third consecutive playoff game at the Felt." Murphy said.

The Clarke County Sports Game of the Week was produced from 2007-2011 and featured game highlights and post game interviews with a studio wrap up. Clarke County home games and a variety of games in the area when Clarke was on the road was the format.

Other media obligations forced Clarke County Sports to cancel the production starting in the 2012 season. As things have worked out, Clarke County Sports has been present at the last two games and will be at the Felt on Saturday for the game.

Below is a promotional clip for the final season of the Game of the Week in 2011

Clarke County 41 R.E. Lee (Staunton) 25 VHSL 2A Region Football Playoffs

By Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports

BERRYVILLE, VA (11/22/13)  The Clarke County Eagles improved their record to 12-0, 2-0 in the playoffs with a come from behind victory over the R. E. Lee Leeman before at packed house at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium.

The Eagles fell behind early and trailed the Leemen 13-7 at the half. The first time this year the Eagles trailed at the half.

The Eagles will host Brunswick Bulldogs (11-2) in a showdown at "the Felt" on Saturday Nov. 30. Kick off is set for 2:00PM.

Check Clarke County Sports throughout the week for expanded Football Playoff Coverage.

Video Highlights and interviews with Josh Dulaney and Coach Chris Parker in below video.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Woodgrove defeats Loudoun County in the 4A Playoffs

By Moe Murphy
special to the Loudoun Times-Mirror

PURCELLVILLE, VA- (11/16/13)- The Woodgrove Wolverines revenged earlier losses to the Loudoun County Raiders with a 45-7 win on Saturday.

Running back Josh Sweet rushed for 330 yards on 42 carries and scored 5 touchdowns.o

Go to Loudountimes for more game coverage  with photo gallery.

Game Story and photo gallery at Loudoun Times-Mirror

Video highlights and interviews with Coach Mike Skinner, Will Koester, and Josh Sweet  (below)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Washington Redskins greats recieve another shot at glory

By Moe Murphy
Special to the Loudoun Times-Mirror

LANDOVER, MD (11-3-13)-The Washington Redskins held their second annual Alumni Homecoming Game on Nov. 3 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Members of the 1987 Super Bowl XXII championship team were honored in a ceremony during halftime of Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.
Darrell Green enters FedEx Field on Alumni Day

“This is the type of event you can never get enough of,” Redskins running back Larry Brown said. “I am enjoying it very much.” Brown played from 1969-1976 and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in the 1972 season.

More than 100 alumni assembled on the field for a group picture and then spent the next hour catching up on old times with each other.

“It’s a great feeling to be back and see so many of the guys you played with,” Super Bowl XXII MVP Doug Williams said. “This homecoming and alumni weekend is a great thing for all of us.”

Read the rest of the article with a photo gallery by Moe Murphy at the Loudoun Times-Mirror.

Full article with photo gallery by Moe Murphy at Loudountimes

Alumni Day Video Interviews by Moe Murphy

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dominion turns tables on Woodgrove, wins sectional title

By Michael "Moe" Murphy and Carl Lukat

The 2013 Dominion Titans captured the VHSL AA Northwest Sectional title with a14-8 win over Woodgrove..
Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy

Dominion's Brett Bushman on the Attack against R.J. Minniti of Woodgrove.
Bushman scored 4 goals and had 2 assists.        Photo Michael "Moe" Murphy
STERLING, VA (5/25/2013)-The Dominion Titans were determined from the start of the AA Northern Section boys lacrosse championship game against the Woodgrove Wolverines to reverse their fortunes from a year ago.

After falling to the Wolverines in the 2012 Northern Section title game, the Titans scored the first four goals in the rematch May 25 on their way to a 14-8 victory in front of their home fans in Sterling.

“Coming off last year, we lost to Woodgrove in this exact same game,” Dominion midfielder Jack Flynn said. “I think we wanted it a lot more this time."

Brett Bushman scored off an assist from Andrew Ashley less than two minutes into the title game to give the Titans a lead they would not relinquish. Dominion led 5-1 after one quarter and 10-4 at halftime.

Woodgrove netted four consecutive goals in the third quarter to pull within striking distance at 12-8 before Dominion scored the game's final two goals.

“Everyone played real hard, we really wanted this game,” said Titan junior goalie Christian Renick, who made several big saves in the win. “Woodgrove realized they wanted it too so they came back hard in the second half.”

Bushman led all scorers with four goals to go with a pair of assists. Cody Farmer scored three goals, while Jack Wagner, Benjamin Tarrant and Flynn each scored twice.

Nicholas Kirschke added a goal and Chris Low and John Paxton each recorded an assist to round out the Titan scoring.

“It was a great game, both teams played very well,” Dominion coach Pete Lenotti said. “We always try to play a simple game pick up ground balls, catch and throw just utilizing the fundamentals.”

Woodgrove advanced to the championship game following an impressive win over Dulles District season and tournament champion Loudoun County in the semifinals.

Jeremy Kendall and Jack Loving both recorded hat tricks for the Wolverines. Conner Loving and Matt Sears scored one goal each and Ryan Reynolds recorded 13 saves in goal. Kendall and Conner Loving also dished two assists.

“My boys don’t quit," Woodgrove coach Jeff Lewandowski said. "It was a hard game, but Dominion’s day. Congratulations to them. We will hopefully see them again.”

The two teams could meet again in the Virginia AAA/AA state lacrosse tournament if both advance to the championship game. Dominion earned a home game to start the state playoffs and will host AAA Northwest Region runner-up Broad Run in the quarterfinals.

"I am excited about playing Broad Run," Flynn said. "They are a good team and hopefully, it will be a good game."

Woodgrove will open state tournament play at Northwest Region champion Battlefield. Quarterfinal games will be played on either May 31 or June 1.

Dominion Goalie Christian Renick makes a save against the Woodgrove Wolverines at Domion High School                                                                                                                                 Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy


Monday, May 20, 2013

Broad Run vs Battlefield Cedar Run District Boys Soccer Championship

Photo's by Michael "Moe" Murphy

ASHBURN, VA-(5-17-13) The Broad Run Spartans defeated the Battlefield Bobcats in the Cedar Run District Soccer tournament championship. The Spartans got goals from Mike Margulis, two from J.P.Reategui and Alexio Chavez.

Assists were made by Cullen Hunter, Salar Samimi, Ryan Mayolo and Alexio Chavez.  Andrew Davies had six saves in the pipes for the Spartans.

Brendan Hogan scored Battlefields goal.

View 404 pictures at Moe's reprint site;

Moe Murphy Photography

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Handley at Loudoun Valley Photo Slideshow by Moe Murphy

The John Handley Judges won the Region II Div. 3 Championship defeating Loudoun Valley 58-47 in Purcellville.
photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy  /  Clarke County Sports
PURCELLVILLE, VA- (2/23/13) The Loudoun Valley Vikings hosted the John Handley Judges in the Region II Div. 3 basketball championship before a packed house at "the Jungle" in Purcellville. The Judges prevailed 58-47 to capture the title. Both teams qualify for state berths. Enjoy the photo's by Michael "Moe" Murphy.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Clarke County Eagle slideshow from Salem Civic Center

By Michael "Moe" Murphy
Clarke County Sports

SALEM, VA-(2/16/13) Photo/Video slideshow of the Clarke County Eagles at the Salem Civic Center in Salem VA on Feb 16, 2013.  Ben Wallace(170) and Ryan Huff(285) won the VHSL A Wrestling championships. Brandon Hutchison(132) placed fifth at the medal stand. Kyle VanSice walked in the Champions Walk of Fame and Coach Jon VanSice's Eagles brought home a 7th place finish with three wrestlers.

All photo's by Moe Murphy/ 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Wallace and Huff capture Championships for Clarke County

By Michael "Moe" Murphy
Clarke County Sports

SALEM, VA-(2/16/13) The Clarke County Eagle wrestling team brought home 2 state championships to Berryville.
The Clarke County Eagles placed 7th at VHSL Wrestling tournament at Salem Civic Center  
                                                photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy / Clarke County Sports  2013

Ben Wallace captured the VHSL A 170 pound championship before a standing room only crowd at the Salem Civic Center. Wallace scored a 9-4 decision over Logan Dean of John I. Burton.

"You couldn't ask for anything better." Wallace said, "We could of brought a couple more kids down but we have a young team and there is always next year."

Ryan Huff grabbed the VHSL A 285 pound championship pinning Danny Cook of Castlewood at 2:33. Huff had 3 pins in 4 matches at the tournament.

"My coach told me to just be real aggressive with him and thats my style." Huff said, "I was on my back twice and thought I was going to have to fight him off. He didn't get his hip set and I just rolled him."

The Eagles grabbed seventh place with only three wrestlers competing in Salem. Senior Brandon Hutchison placed fifth in the 132 pound group to help the Eagles gain 67.5 points.

"To come down here and do that with only three guys is amazing." Eagles coach Jon VanSice said, "You look at all the guys around us, all these other teams are bringing six, seven, eight, nine guys and were right there with them."

Check back for more wrestling coverage from Salem A / AA tournament.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Six Loudoun wrestlers advance to semifinals

By Carl Lukat
Loudoun Times-Mirror

Brandon Thein, top, of Dominion High School was one of six local wrestlers to win both of their matches on the first day of the Virginia AA state wrestling tournament Feb. 15 in Salem.
                                                                                               —Times-Mirror File Photo/Michael “Moe” Murphy
 Loudoun County High School's Logan Smith and Hunter Day, Dominion's Brandon Thein, Briar Woods' Michael Hulcher, Park View's Ronald Cruz and Woodgrove's Chris Walker have advanced to the semifinal round at the Virginia AA state wrestling tournament.

All six wrestlers went 2-0 on the first day of competition Feb. 15 at the Salem Civic Center. The state tournament continues Feb. 16 in Salem.

106: Brandon Thein (D) 2-0

120: Chris Walker (W) 2-0

126: Michael Hulcher (BW) 2-0

138: Logan Smith (LC) 2-0

145: Omer Nezam (PF) 1-1

145: Luke Rivera (LC) 0-2

152: Jake David (W) 1-1

152: Micah Hotz (PV) 0-2

160: Hunter Day (LC) 2-0

170: Mitchell Stevens (LC) 1-1

170: Tad Haugen (PF) 1-1

182: Alex Reader (LC) 1-1

195: Zach Causey (PF) 1-1

220: Kyle Schlue (LC) 1-1

285: Ronald Cruz (PV) 2-0

285: Dylan O'Connor (W) 1-1

Reprinted with permission               

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Three Loudoun wrestlers win Region II championships

By Michael "Moe" Murphy / Loudoun Times-Mirror

Briar Wood's Michael Hulcher.  126 Pound  Region II Champion
___Times Photo Michael "Moe" Murphy
The Loudoun County Raiders made a valiant surge but came up just short of winning the team title at the Region II Wrestling Championships Feb. 9 at John Champe High School in Aldie.

The Raiders tied Skyline for second place with 144.5 points, just three points short of Fauquier, who took the lead for good when Max Strum defeated Kettle Run’s Adam Bresson in the 185-pound championship bout.
“Our guys wrestled tough today,” Raiders coach Joel Caruso said. “We got the bonus points, we just came up three points short on the team totals. We are taking six to the states but should be taking eight.”

Six Loudoun wrestlers advanced to the finals with three making it all the way through to the champion’s podium.

Briar Woods junior Michael Hulcher won a 7-5 decision over Kettle Run’s Caleb Yost in the final at 126 pounds.

“It was great because it was the first time Briar Woods has ever had a regional champ,” Hulcher said. “I had wrestled the kid before in a tournament at the beginning of the season so I had a game plan coming into the tournament. I knew once I got the first takedown there was no way I was going to lose.”


Raiders place second at Region II, send six to Salem

by Michael "Moe" Murphy
Clarke County Sports

2012-13 Loudoun County Raiders  Region II  Runner Up sending six to State Championships        
 Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy / Clarke County Sports

 ALDIE, VA-(2/9/13) The Loudoun County Raiders continued to be one of the top wrestling teams in AA wrestling as they finished tied for second with Skyline and falling 3 points short of Fauquer County at the Region II Championships held Friday and Saturday at John Champe High School.

The Raiders had one individual champion as senior captain Logan Smith pinned Kyle Vangel of Sherando at 1:10. With the pin Smith picked up his 150th career victory.

“I knew I had 149 wins going into the match, so it was really special to get a pin,” Smith said. “I knew if I got a pin and we got some help we could win the tournament. I loosened him up a little bit, turned him on his back and pinned him.”

"We wrestled tough today." Raiders coach Joel Caruso said, "We are sending six, we should be sending eight, it was a tough day."

Kyle Schlue made it to the final round but lost a tough match to Skyline's Justin Williams with a fall at 3:27.

Six Raiders made it to Salem. Joining Smith and Schlue will be Luke Rivera (145), Hunter Day (160), Mitchell Stevens (170) and Alex Reader (182).

Two other Raiders narrowly missed a ticket to Salem when they finished in fifth place. Senior Matt Sun (126) lost a controversial decision to Fauquier's Garrett Tingen 5-4 and Brian Munroy lost by fall to Syline's Caleb VanDoren at 5:20.

Loudoun County senior Logan Smith gains position on Sherando's Kyle Vangel in the Region II 138 pound championship. The win gave Smith his 150th victory.                                     
                                                           photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy/ Clarke County Sports
Loudoun County's Kyle Schlue battles Skyline's Justin VanDoren in the Region II 220 pound championship. VanDoren scored a fall at 5:20
                                                            Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy / Clarke County Sports
Loudoun County senior Matt Sun scores a 16-0 Tech Fall over Justin Martin of Powhatan. Sun finished 5th at the tournament.           Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy  / Clarke County Sports

Monday, February 11, 2013

Jake David Region II Wrestling Champion Interview

by Michael "Moe" Murphy /

ALDIE, VA-(2/9/13) Woodgrove Wolverine sophomore Jake David won the Region II wrestling championship in the 152 pound group with a pin of Gavin Tingen of Louisa County at 1:22. David came into the tournament with a third seed ranking and breezed through the tournament.

On the way to his Championship David pinned Cameron Yates of Liberty at 0:37, he then pinned Canin Ritz of Powhatan at 1:02 before scoring a 9-0 major decision over Brandon James of Kettle Run.

David won the Dulles District Championship last week and spoke with Moe Murphy at John Champe High School following his Regional Championship.

Logan Smith Region II Wrestling Champion Interview

by Michael "Moe" Murphy /

ALDIE, VA-(2/9/13) Loudoun County Raider senior Logan Smith took time to speak with Moe Murphy after capturing the Region II 138 pound championship with a pin over Kyle Vangel of Sherando at 1:10.

Smitty rolled through the tournament pinning Luke Naccash of Skyline at 1:12, a tech fall over Powhatans Rich Chinappi 15-0, a major decision over Kettle Runs Cameron O'Connor 15-5 before the pin in the Championship.

The pin gave Smith his 150th victory and has guaranteed to be among the top seeds at the Big Show in Salem this weekend.

Smitty has dedicated his run at Salem to teammate and friend Matt Sun who lost on a very controversial decision that kept him from qualifying as he finished fifth.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cassada-Maple career ended short by injury

By Michael "Moe" Murphy
Clarke County Sports

Josh Cassada-Maple is consoled by coach Troy Mezzatesta after a career ending
injury Friday night at the Region II wrestling tournament at John Champe High
School in Aldie. Cassada-Maple was ranked among the top wrestlers in the state at
170 pounds.                   Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy / Clarke County Sports
ALDIE, VA- Josh Cassada-Maple’s storied wrestling career ended one week early as the 170 pound senior dislocated his shoulder in his first round match against Liberty’s Rico Bumbrey in the first round of the Region II tournament at John Champe High School in Aldie.

“Josh extended his arm and it appeared to get caught in the mat."Viking Coach Troy Mezzatesta said. “I heard Josh make a noise and then a loud yell. It’s a tough way to end a career that began in the third grade.”
Cassada-Maple was visibly distraught as Mezzatesta consoled him before he left the gym to receive medical attention.
Mezzatesta confirmed after returning with the team that Cassada-Maple had torn ligaments in the ac joint.
The acromioclavicular joint is located at the top of the shoulder where the acromion process and the clavicle meet to form a joint. Several ligaments surround this joint, and depending on the severity of the injury, a person may tear one or all of the ligaments. Torn ligaments lead to acromioclavicular joint sprains and separations.[1]     
“Josh had a moment with his mom, who has supported her son through his career since he began wrestling in the third grade.”Mezzatesta said,  “It was a very emotional night for the team and Josh told me to tell the team to go out and kick some butt.”
The second day of the tournament starts at 10:00AM and gates open at 9:00AM for the event. Finals are scheduled for 5:00PM


1 Rockwood CA, Green DP, eds. Injuries to the acromioclavicular joint. Fractures in Adults. Philadelphia, Pa: JB Lippincott; 1984:860-91.

Friday, February 8, 2013

John Champe to host Region II Wrestling Tournament

ALDIE, VA- The Region II Wrestling tournament kicks off this Friday and will be a two day event hosted at John Champe High School in South Riding. Below is the schedule courtesy of Fauquier Wrestling.

DETAILS: The Regional tournament is schedule to be at John Champe High School located at 41535 Sacred Mountain St Aldie, VA 20105, this Friday and Saturday February 8th and 9th.  The top four wrestlers will advance to the AA State meet. .

Below is the tentative Regional schedule for Friday and Saturday.

MEET: 2013 Region II Wrestling Tournament

LOCATION: John Champe High School

DATE: Fri. & Sat. February 8th-9th, 2013

ADMISSION: $5.00 – Friday (session1) and $8.00 – All day Saturday (session 2&3) or $12.00- All 3 session combo



















Region II Wrestling Info from Fauquier Wrestling

Editors note: is a site dedicated to advancing wrestling news for youth and prep and will be updating their site with coverage from the Region II tournament.

WARRENTON- The Region II wrestling tournament kicks off today and Clarke County Sports will be on hand covering the tournament for the Loudoun Times-Mirror as well as our home site Clarke County Sports.

Thanks to Fauquier Wrestling for providing this info on their site:
The AA Region II is made up from four Districts--Those districts are listed below and teams that will be participating in this Regional event:

AA Dulles District
Briar Woods
Loudoun Co.
Loudoun Valley
Park View
Potomac Falls

AA Jefferson District
Fluvanna Co.
Louisa Co.
Western Albemarle

AA Northwestern District
James Wood

AA Evergreen District
Kettle Run
Warren Co.

Below are the results of Fauquier Falcons at the Region II Wrestling Tournament. updated as of: 2-7-2013 7:00 pm 1st Round-Championship - 12:00 pm
106 Caleb Strum vs. Logan Zimmerman-Fluvanna Co.
113 Daniel Ariola vs. Leo Chinappi-Powhatan
126 Garrett Tingen vs. Austin Enriquez-Portomac Falls
132 Matt Raines vs. Jose Rodriguez-Loudoun Co.
138 Clifford Harris vs. Schyler Litten-James Wood
145 Michael Villalobos vs. James Gore-Loudoun Valley
152 Andrew Smith vs. Logan Bauseman-James Wood
160 Ben Brady vs. Noah Calvin-Western Albemarle
170 Erick Lemus vs. Levi Roy-James Wood
182 Max Strum vs. Austin Henry-James Wood
195 Tyler Devers vs. Bryan Capozzoll-Briar Woods
285 Justin Sanker vs. Ben Avery-Sherando Round notes: 2nd Round-Championship - 4:15 pm
Round notes: 1st Round-Consolation - 6:30 pm
Round notes: Record
106 Caleb Strum 0-0
113 Daniel Ariola 0-0
126 Garrett Tingen 0-0
132 Matt Raines 0-0
138 Clifford Harris 0-0
145 Michael Villalobos 0-0
152 Andrew Smith 0-0
160 Ben Brady 0-0
170 Erick Lemus 0-0
182 Max Strum 0-0
195 Tyler Devers 0-0
285 Justin Sanker 0-0

Special Coverage of Dulles District Wrestling Tournament

PURCELLVILLE, VA- Moe Murphy of Clarke County Sports was on hand after the conclusion of the 2013 Dulles District Wrestling Championships and spoke with victorious head coach Scott Fortney of Woodgrove as well as champions Logan Smith (138) of Loudoun County, Josh Cassada-Maple (170) of Loudoun Valley and Joe Larock (132) from Woodgrove.

Team scores and individual results are scrolled at the start of the report.

Dulles District Champions Gallery by Moe Murphy

PURCELLVILLE, VA- Clarke County Sports salutes all the wrestlers who competed in the Dulles District this year and is proud to post the Champions Gallery. Please feel free to download the photo's for your enjoyment.  All photo's by Moe Murphy..Results courtesy of Dan "Fleeing the Mat" Sousa visit his site at

2012-13 Dulles District Wrestling Champions and Medal Winners
1: Brandon Thein (JR) Dominion
2: Dylan Sieng (SO) Park View
3: Magid Abdo (JR) Briar Woods
4: Derek Raschid (SO) Loudoun Valley
5: Joey Sgerella (FR) Woodgrove

1: Cade Kiely (FR) Loudoun Valley
2: Dylan Shockey (SO) Woodgrove
3: Sam Brazzer (JR) Tuscarorra
4: Devyn Kreb (FR) Champe
5: Louis Ives (SR) Potomac Falls

1: Brian Monroy (JR) Loudoun County
2: Chris Walker (JR) Woodgrove
3: Alex McCord (SO) Tuscarora
4: Tamim Murshidi (SR) Briar Woods
5: Spencer Hurrell (FR) Potomac Falls

1: Michael Hulcher (JR) Briar Woods
2: Matt Sun (SR) Loudoun County
3: Kyle Dillon (JR) Loudoun Valley
4: Fletcher Davis (FR) Heritage
5: Austin Enriques (JUR) Potomac Falls

1: Joe Larock (SO) Woodgrove
2: Micklos Zahora (SO) Briar Woods
3: Christian Sierra (SO) Loudoun Valley
4: Joey Betts (SO) Dominion
5: Jose Rodriquez (SR) Loudoun County
1: Logan Smith (SR) Loudoun County
2: Zachary Gingras (JR) Loudoun Valley
3: Zach Chastain (SR) Park View
4: Peter Mysak (SO) Woodgrove
5: Riaz Alawi (SR) Potomac Falls

 Click Read Full Story for additional photo's

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dulles District Wrestling Final Round Slideshow

By Michael "Moe" Murphy
Clarke County Sports

PURCELLVILLE-(2/2/13) - The Woodgrove Wolverines narrowly defeated the favored Loudoun County Raiders 217 to 215.5 at the Dulles District Wrestling Championships held at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville on Saturday.

Enjoy photo's from the slideshow courtesy of Clarke County Sports and check back for more photo and video coverage from the tournament.  Also go to for special coverage and look for coverage in this week's print edition of the Loudoun Times-Mirror.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Prayers requested for Nick Cooper of Osbourn Park

Osbourn Park wrestler Nick Cooper collapsed yesterday in the Championship round of the Cardinal District Wrestling Championship. Cooper was revived with AED and was in a medically induced coma for testing.

Times Photo/Joey LoMonaco Osbourn Park wrestler Alex Gowers reacts while his best friend and
teammate Nick Cooper was receiving medical aid. Cooper's heart stopped during his 182-pound final during Saturday's Cardinal District wrestling tournament at Forest Park. He was taken to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and his condition at the time is unknown.

According to a post on the Osbourn Park Wrestling twitter site 12 hours ago, Cooper was moved to ICU and had 2 fractured vertebrae in the neck but no permanent damage. A post 2 hours ago stated Nick was medically sedated and was scheduled for more testing today.

The Osbourn Park wrestling community is requesting prayers for Nick, his family and friends and the Osbourn Park wrestling team.

Below are some links from the incident.

Osbourn Park wrestler collapses at District Meet / Prince William Today

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Woodgrove wins Dulles District Wrestling Tourney

PURCELLVILLE, VA-(2/2/13) The Woodgrove Wolverines edged out Loudoun County by 1 1/2 points to capture the Dulles District Wrestling Tournament. Check back at Clarke County Sports and at for more coverage from the tournament.

The 2012-13 Woodgrove Wolverine Wrestling team capture the Dulles District Tournament 
photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy /  / Clarke County Sports

Friday, February 1, 2013

Dulles District Wrestling 2013 Tournament Seedings

Dulles District Tournament seedings from Dan "Single Leg Takedown" Sousa at

#1 - Dylan Sieng (SO) Park View
#2 - Brandon Thein (JR) Dominion
#3 - Derek Raschid (SO) Loudoun Valley
#4 - Magid Abdo (JR) Briar Woods
#5 - Joey Sgerrella (FR) Woodgrove)
#6 - Joseph Saah (SO) Champe
#7 - Matt Marsteller (SO) Heritage
#8 - Mark Mogensen (FR) Potomac Falls
#9 - Alexis Young (SO) Loudoun County
#10 - Joshua Cruz (FR) Tuscarora

#1 - Cade Kiely (FR) Loudoun Valley
#2 - Louis Ives (SR) Potomac Falls
#3 - Dylan Shockey (SO) Woodgrove
#4 - Sam Brazer (JR) Tuscarora
#5 - Devyn Kreb (FR) Champe
#6 - Cesar Canuto (FR) Park View
#7 - Luke Mercil (FR) Briar Woods
#8 - Ed Calley (FR) Loudoun County

#1 - Alex McCord (SO) Tuscarora
#2 - Brian Monroy (JR) Loudoun County
#3 - Joseph Lafonte (FR) Loudoun Valley
#4 - Chris Walker (JR) Woodgrove
#5 - Tamim Murshidi (SR) Briar Woods
#6 - Spencer Hurrell (FR) Potomac Falls
#7 - Jacob Holton (FR) Heritage
#8 - Thien Nguyen (SO) Park View
#9 - Brian Vo (FR) Champe

#1 - Michael Hulcher (JR) Briar Woods
#2 - Matt Sun (SR) Loudoun County
#3 - Kyle Dillon (JR) Loudoun Valley
#4 - Austin Enriquez (JR) Potomac Falls
#5 - Fletcher Davis (FR) Heritage
#6 - Alec Klevenhagen (SO) Tuscarora
#7 - Cory Kidd (SO) Woodgrove
#8 - Mente Mamo (JR) Champe
#9 - Alex Brock (FR) Dominion

#1 - Micklos Zahora (SO) Briar Woods
#2 - Jose Rodriguez (SR) Loudoun County
#3 - Joe Larock (SO) Woodgrove
#4 - Jackson Tettelbach (JR) Potomac Falls
#5 - Joey Betts (SO) Dominion
#6 - Adam Neumiller (FR) Tuscarora
#7 - Christian Sierra (SO) Loudoun Valley
#8 - Nathan Stec (SO) Champe
#9 - Jairo Membreno (SR) Park View

#1 - Logan Smith (SR) Loudoun County
#2 - Zachary Gingras (JR) Loudoun Valley
#3 - Peter Mysak (SO) Woodgrove
#4 - Zach Chastain (SR) Park View
#5 - Riaz Alawi (SR) Potomac Falls
#6 - Issac Roll (JR) Champe
#7 - Jake Grover (SO) Briar Woods
#8 - Arthur Shune (SO) Dominion
#9 - Brian Matera (SO) Tuscarora

#1 - Luke Segerdahl (SR) Woodgrove
#2 - Luke Rivera (SO) Loudoun County
#3 - Omer Nezam (JR) Potomac Falls
#4 - Will Siryani (JR) Tuscarora
#5 - Henry Liu (JR) Champe
#6 - Ivan Hernandez (SR) Park View
#7 - James Gore (JR) Loudoun Valley
#8 - Chris Gac (JR) Dominion
#9 - Chad Kirkpatrick (SO) Heritage

#1 - Jake David (SO) Woodgrove
#2 - CJ Mills (SO) Loudoun County
#3 - Anthony Oswald (SR) Potomac Falls
#4 - Brandon Rafferty (JR) Champe
#5 - Carmine Mancini (SR) Loudoun Valley
#6 - Micah Hotz (JR) Park View
#7 - Mousa Abusaif (JR) Dominion
#8 - Griffin Oberg (FR) Briar Woods
#9 - Wyatt Helean (SO) Heritage
#10 - Daniel Rubin (SR) Tuscarora

#1 - Hunter Day (JR) Loudoun County
#2 - Zack Durkin (SR) Briar Woods
#3 - Joe Cavallaro (SR) Woodgrove
#4 - Kealan Miller (SO) Dominion
#5 - Andrew Harrington (JR) Loudoun Valley
#6 - Garett Griffith (SO) Potomac Falls
#7 - Cristian Bardales (JR) Park View
#8 - Steven Jung (SO) Champe
#9 - Will Prendergast (JR) Tuscarora


#1 - Josh Cassada-Maple (SR) Loudoun Valley
#2 - Mitchell Stevens (JR) Loudoun County
#3 - Alejandro Avelar (SO) Tuscarora
#4 - Brian Cvilikas (SR) Woodgrove
#5 - Tad Haugen (JR) Potomac Falls
#6 - Todd Craig (JR) Briar Woods
#7 - Aria Boloki (SO) Champe
#8 - Sean Mastrolembo (SO) Dominion
#9 - Bryan Villatoro (JR) Park View

#1 - Jimmy Mckeown (JR) Potomac Falls
#2 - Alex Reader (SR) Loudoun County
#3 - Marvin Ventura (JR) Dominion
#4 - John Williams (SR) Loudoun Valley
#5 - Onslo Parker (SR) Tuscarora
#6 - Jack Wehr (SR) Woodgrove
#7 - David Dillon (JR) Briar Woods
#8 - Eduardo Orellana (FR) Park View

#1 - Bryan Capozzoli (SO) Briar Woods
#2 - Zach Causey (SR) Potomac Falls
#3 - Tyler Cole (SO) Woodgrove
#4 - Juan Flores-Velasco (FR) Tuscarora
#5 - Lucas Giusto (SR) Heritage
#6 - Wessam Sulieman (SR) Dominion
#7 - Kevin Menjivar (SR) Park View
#8 - Josh Smith (JR) Loudoun Valley
#9 - Sammy Soto (SR) Loudoun County

#1 - Kyle Schlue (SO) Loudoun County
#2 - Bryan Barahona (SR) Park View
#3 - Trevor Raymont (SR) Potomac Falls
#4 - Fayez Atari (SR) Tuscarora
#5 - Sid Byers (JR) Loudoun Valley
#6 - Julius Ramsey (FR) Dominion
#7 - Daniel Green (JR) Briar Woods
#8 - Jarrett Bramhall (JR) Woodgrove)

#1 - Ronald Cruz (SR) Park View
#2 - Dylan O'Connor (SR) Woodgrove
#3 - Adeeb Atariwa (FR) Dominion
#4 - Caleb Trump (JR) Loudoun Valley
#5 - Matt Hunt (SO) Champe
#6 - Forest Saunders (SO) Potomac Falls

Monday, January 28, 2013

Loudoun County Wrestling Gallery at the Appalachian Duals

By Michael "Moe" Murphy
Clarke County Sports

Front Royal, VA- (12/22/2012) The Loudoun County Raider wrestling team battles the Franklin County Eagles in the Championship Round of the Appalachian Duals held at Skyline High School in Front Royal VA on December 22, 2012. Franklin won the tournament with the Raiders taking second place. All Photo's by Michael "Moe" Murphy / Clarke County Sports  © 2013 

Click the play button in the Raiders Picture to start video

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Potomac Falls at Briar Woods Boys Basketball Photo Gallery

By Michael "Moe" Murphy
Special to the Loudoun Times - Mirror

BRAMBLETON,VA- (1/23/2013) The Briar Woods Falcons boys basketball team fell to the Potomac Falls Panthers 64-51 as the National Guard and MaxPreps was on hand to present the 2012-13 Football team and coach Charlie Pierce with special presentations prior to and at half time of the game.


Loudoun Valley Viking wrestling video slideshow

by Michael "Moe" Murphy
PURCELLVILLE, VA-(1/17-18/2013) The Loudoun Valley Viking wrestling team hosted the 2013 Viking Duals at LVHS, the 43 photo slideshow has the Vikings grappling against the Liberty Eagles and the North Lebanon PA Vikings.

Loudoun Valley Viking Wrestling Gallery Viking Duals

By Michael "Moe" Murphy
Clarke County Sports

PURCELLVILLE, - (1/18-19/2013) The Loudoun Valley Viking wrestling team hosted the Viking Duals at their school. The 13 team tournament included teams from Loudoun, Loudoun Valley, Freedom, Heritage, Potomac Falls and Broad Run, along with Hedgesville and Washington from West Virginia, North Lebanon from Pennsylvania and Westfield, Stafford, Sherando, Battlefield and Liberty from Virginia.

The Vikings went 3-4 in the tournament with wins over Liberty, Heritage, and Hedgesville. The Vikings narrowly lost to Sherando 35-40.

Photo's are from the North Lebanon match on Friday and the Liberty match on Saturday. All photo's by Michael "Moe" Murphy / Clarke County Sports

More photo's in video slideshow coming soon.......

Strong competition rules Loudoun Valley Duals

by Michael "Moe" Murphy
Five Loudoun schools competed in the Loudoun Valley Duals Wrestling Tournament Jan. 18-19 in Purcellville. Broad Run, Freedom, Heritage, Loudoun Valley and Potomac Falls participated in a 13-team field that included squads from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Freedom senior Brendan Kammerdeiner locks up with Westfield’s Austin Knies
in a 195-pound  bout during the Loudoun Valley Duals Wrestling Tournament
Jan. 19.—Times-Mirror Photo/Michael “Moe” Murphy
“Every year we’ve just tried to keep on improving the tournament itself,” said Loudoun Valley coach Troy Mezzatesta before rattling off several of the top teams in this year’s event. “Just some good quality teams that up the competition and let your wrestlers know where they are.”

Westfield, considered one of the top Virginia AAA teams, won all nine of its matches in the two-day tournament to earn top team honors. Stafford (7-2) and Pennsylvania school North Lebanon (7-3) produced solid records as well.

Freedom delivered the best showing among Loudoun schools. The Eagles went 5-2 with victories over Hedgesville (W. Va.), Potomac Falls, Liberty, Washington (W. Va.) and Sherando.

“We were coming in with a record in dual meets of 25-5,” Freedom coach Kent Nagy said. “We’ve battled injuries and we only have two kids returning from last year’s starting 14, so we are winning with a whole fresh batch of kids.

“We talk about the no names,” Nagy continued. “We have a lot of no name kids out there that nobody really knows to this point and we are hoping at the end of the year they will. They’ve worked really hard and they waited their chance and now they are getting it.”

Freedom is led by Brendan Kammerdeiner at 195 pounds and Jason Cardoza at 170. The two captains have worked hard to lead the team not just during wrestling season, but year-round.

“Brendan Kammerdeiner was fifth in the region last year and won the district,” Nagy said. “He is probably in the top five in the state this year. Our other captain Jason Cardoza is pushing 40 wins this year. Not a whole lot of flash but he grinds matches out. A real tough kid and a great leader. Andy Hinricks at 145 and Jack Wrenn at 160 are two juniors who also have solid experience and have wrestled year-round since entering high school.”


Briar Woods’ football program celebrates national ranking

by Alanna Dvorak
Loudoun Times-Mirror Staff Writer

Members of the 2012-13 Briar Woods football team recieve Champion
Tour T Shirts from the National Guard  photo by Moe Murphy/LTM
The Briar Woods High School football team has been declared the 94th best football team in the country by MaxPreps.

Briar Woods won its third consecutive VHSL Division 4 title this past December after defeating Heritage-Lynchburg 52-0, capping off a 15-0 season. The Falcons are currently on a 29 game winning streak that spans two seasons.

MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 16,000 high school varsity squads, honored the Falcons on Jan. 23 at halftime of the boys basketball game as part of its eighth annual Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard.

Virginia Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Victor Beasley presented Briar Woods head coach Charlie Pierce and the Falcons with the national ranking trophy and a banner to celebrate their accomplishments.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment for us to be recognized nationally,” Pierce said. “It’s a tribute to our players, coaches and community. We’re in this together and this award is for everybody.”

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Redskins fall to Seahawks, Cinderella season ends

By Michael "Moe" Murphy
Redskins Correspondent

Robert Griffin III waits to be introduced
for the final time this season.
Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy/LTM CCS
LANDOVER, MD - (1/6/13) The Washington Redskins magical tale of two seasons came to an abrupt halt Sunday night in Landover as the Seattle Seahawks ended the Redskins season with a 24-14 loss before another sellout crowd.

The attendance (84,435) represented the largest crowd to see a Redskins postseason home game team history, surpassing the previous record of 79,411 from Jan. 8, 2000 (NFC Wild Card Round vs. Detroit). It was the third biggest crowd to see a Redskins playoff game at any location, trailing only Super Bowl XVII (103,667 in Pasadena, Calif.) and Super Bowl VII (90,182 in Los Angeles).
Quarterback Robert Griffin III left the game late in the fourth quarter with a knee injury that hampered him since the Baltimore Ravens game.

“We’re all proud of the season that we had."Griffin said,  "There’s nobody in the locker room that’s really excited about today, just the whole thing. But when it comes back, we’ll look back on the season. We won seven straight games, finished 10-6 and won our division. That part of it was awesome. We know the future is very bright. I also know what I need to work on in the offseason. Part of that is just getting healthy. The sky’s the limit for this team with the talent that we have and the guys that we’re going to get back. It’s just truly exciting, even though today is a very dim day.”

The Redskins jumped out to an early 14-0 lead with Griffin thowing a pair of 4 yard touchdown passes. The first to Evan Royster and then to Logan Paulsen. The Redskins scoring was over for the game and the next 24 points belonged to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

“It just shows the character of this team."Royster said. "People counted us out when we were 3-6. We came back and said we were going to win our next seven games and that’s what we did.”

London Fletcher leaves the field for
possibly the last time.
photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy  LTM/CCS
The Redskins defense slowed down late in the game due to being on the field a majority of the second half.
“We definitely were on the field a long time."Redskins captain London Fletcher said,  "We knew it was going to be a 60-minute fight. But you have to maintain integrity for 60 minutes. Guys just have to dig down deeper within themselves and go to a level that you didn’t think you could go to when you’re playing that type of ballgame. We were on the field a long time but guys were still fighting at the end.”

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Team      Qtr Time   Play Description                                   (Extra Point)            (Drive Info)       Visitor  Home
Redskins   1 9:57    E.Royster 4 yd. pass from R.Griffin    (K.Forbath kick)      (9-80, 5:03)           0        7
Redskins   1 2:26    L.Paulsen 4 yd. pass from R.Griffin    (K.Forbath kick)      (11-54, 5:58)         0      14

Seahawks 2 12:05  S.Hauschka 32 yd. Field Goal                                               (12-66, 5:21)          3      14
Seahawks 2 4:38    M.Robinson 4 yd. pass from R.Wilson (S.Hauschka kick) (8-73, 5:08)          10      14
Seahawks 2 0:00    S.Hauschka 29 yd. Field Goal                                                (10-63, 3:36)       13      14
Seahawks 4 7:08    M.Lynch 27 yd. run                      (R.Wilson-Z.Miller pass) (8-79, 3:45)          21      14
Seahawks 4 5:32    S.Hauschka 22 yd. Field Goal                                                (4-1, 0:47)            24      14