The football action intensified last week as the district leaders tried to cement their grip on the top spot with other teams jockeying for playoff position. Running back Kenny Sims guided Loudoun Valley into the Northwestern District lead. Courtland maintained its lead over Fauquier in the Commonwealth District as both the Cougars and Falcons won easily. Strasburg and Clarke County remain atop the Bull Run standings. In girls basketball, Page County took over the top spot in the Bull Run District and in golf, Don Meadows won the individual Commonwealth District championship, leading Stonewall Jackson to an upset victory over Potomac for the team title. Football

Courtland actually trailed winless Gar-Field, 3-0, after one quarter, but two touchdown runs by Brian Culley and a 32-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Stephan Banks in the second quarter, led to a 35-3 victory. Banks put the game away by returning the second-half kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.

Fauquier remained one game behind in the Commonwealth with a 22-0 victory over Osbourn Park. Corey Foddrell rushed for 123 yards and Carlton Raymond added 97 for the Falcons (5-1 overall, 4-1 in the district). The Falcons play at Stafford and at James Wood, before closing the season at home against Courtland and Potomac.

Potomac knocked Woodbridge a step lower with a 10-0 victory. Woodbridge was unable to ride the crest of the previous weeks' stunning last-second win over Osbourn Park to victory over the rejuvenated Panthers.

Loudoun Valley took over the lead in the Northwestern District behind the running of Kenny Sims {see profile}. Park View crushed Warren County, 42-11, and Handley defeated Broad Run, 15-13, creating a three-way tie for second.

Tony Conway rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns as the Park View ran by the Wildcats. Handley prevented a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to preserve its victory over the Spartans.

Strasburg and Clarke County remained tied atop the Bull Run District. Strasburg blasted George Mason, 32-0, while Clarke County routed Central, 34-6. The teams meet next week at Strasburg.

Golf

Don Meadows {see profile} shot 76 to lead Stonewall Jackson to the Commonwealth District championship at Evergreen Country Club. Meadows won the individual title by six shots over Potomac's Brian Howard, firing a two-under, 34, on the back nine after taking the turn at 42-six over par. The Generals' victory snapped Potomac's six-year hold on the district title.

Stonewall Jackson and Potomac advanced to Tuesday's regional tournament which was played in Charlottesville. The four low medalists; Jimmy Tweed of Fauquier, Dave Walczak of North Stafford and Andy Hersey and Bruce Kennan of James Wood also advanced to the regionals.

Girls Basketball

Page County moved into first place in the Bull Run District with a 50-45 victory over Strasburg. The Panthers were outshot from the floor (19 field goals to 15) but benefited from the foul line, hitting 20 of 31 attempts. Michelle Lowery scored 16 and Darlene Mitchell 13 for Page. The victory raised Page County's record to 10-1 in the district, Strasburg fell to 8-2 in Bull Run play.

Strasburg began the week in the district's top spot. Carolyn Guinn hit two foul shots with six seconds remaining in the game to lift the Rams over Warren County, 51-49. The Wildcats came back from an eight point deficit in the last minute to tie the game at 49. Two three-pointers by Julie Yeabower (15 points) led Warren County's rally.

Yeabower, the area's best long-range shooter, hit five three-pointers in the fourth quarter against Loudoun Valley but the Wildcats fell, 47-38.

Jennifer Jones' three-point play with 13 seconds remaining gave Clarke County a 40-39 win over Central. Jones led all scorers with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Osbourn ran its record to 11-1 with a 72-27 victory over Handley after defeating Warren County, 57-42. In the game against Warren County, Tracy Dufrene and Cara Cheatwood combined for 32 points and 21 rebounds. The Eagles' Northwestern District mark is 7-0, which puts them two games ahead of three teams tied for second.

Loudoun County traveled to West Virginia twice last week, splitting games with Hedgesville and Jefferson County. Angela Dolby was spectacular leading the Raiders' with 23 points and 19 rebounds in a 45-43 win over Hedgeville and 41 points and 26 rebounds in the Raiders' 69-59 loss to Jefferson County. The senior center continued her fine play scoring 32 points and grabbing 18 rebounds in a 76-60 Northwestern District loss at Park View.

Cross Country

Gar-Field's Tom Brandt finished second in the B Race of the William & Mary Invitational to help the Indians win the team title. Joe Brazil finished 10th as the Indians edged Whitman (Md.), 104-111, for team honors.

The Woodbridge girls finished second to Herndon of Fairfax County in the A Race while the Woodbridge boys finished fourth.