Courtland's undefeated reign in the Commonwealth District came to an end last week as Fauquier defeated the Cougars, 16-14. Both teams are in good shape for playoff berths. Strasburg's girls gained the top seed in the Bull Run District basketball tournament by defeating Page County in a playoff game. Woodbridge's boys and girls won the Northwest Region cross country championships and Loudoun Valley's girls soccer team won the Northwest District title.


Fauquier's 16-14 upset of previously unbeaten Courtland ended the Cougars' 17-game Commonwealth District winning streak. Carlton Raymond and Corey Foddrell rushed for 60 yards apiece while Bart Zopp passed for 95 yards and scored on two quarterback sneaks.

Elsewhere in the Commonwealth District Woodbridge remained tied for second place with Fauquier by stopping Stonewall Jackson, 14-7. Brian Comey had 144 yards and two touchdowns. Potomac running back Larry Jordan and Milton Thornhill each rushed for over 100 yards, but a missed Stafford extra point was the difference in a Potomac 21-20 victory.

Osbourn Park rushed for over 300 yards and handed James Wood its fourth straight defeat, 28-7. Andre Leassear led Osbourn Park with two touchdowns while the Yellow Jacket defense held Calvin Childs to 36 yards rushing. Gar-Field won its third straight after six losses, defeating North Stafford, 35-17.

Strasburg's 35-20 win over Clarke County clinched the Bull Run District title for the unbeaten Rams. George Mason recorded its third straight shutout since breaking a 19-game losing streak, defeating Manassas Park, 13-0. The Mustangs, who lost their top two quarterbacks in the last month, won behind solid defense from defensive tackle Gabe Garcia and linebacker Danny Ohr (see profile).

Brentsville broke a four-game losing streak, defeating Page County while Central of Woodstock closed out its season with a 7-6 upset of Stonewall (Mt.) Jackson.

Four teams still have a shot at a share of the Northwestern District crown with a week to play. Handley, which has scored 132 points in its last three games, trounced Robert E. Lee of Staunton, 48-19. The Judges, led by John Doleman's 239 yards rushing and five touchdowns, are a win over Warren County away from a tie for the title.

Park View also positioned itself to gain a share of the crown. Patriots' running back Tony Conway went over the 1,000-yard mark and scored four times in a 32-10 win over Osbourn.

Loudoun Valley used a balanced attack to defeat Broad Run, 19-10, to force a three-way tie for first. Kenny Sims rushed for over 100 yards and Kenny Mallory tossed two touchdown passes. Broad Run, a district co-champion a year ago, slipped one game back of the pack.

Tony Royce rushed for 70 yards and returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown to lead Loudoun County past Warren County, 21-12 for its first win.


A fourth quarter spurt broke open a close game and carried Strasburg to a 42-39 victory over Page County in a Bull Run District playoff game to determine the top-seed for the district tournament. The Rams trailed by one with about two and half minutes remaining in the game when a foul shot, rebound and two consecutive steals led to seven Staci Richard's points and a six-point Strasburg lead. The game was tied at the end of each of the first three quarters. Both teams ended the regular season 15-2.

Cross Country

Woodbridge's boys and girls cross country teams captured the Northwestern Region title last weekend at Piedmont Community College in Charlottesville.

The Vikings' girls squad placed five runners in the top 10, led by winner Michelle Farmer (19:44). Farmer laid back until the final half-mile, coming from 30 meters behind to best Heather Shutt of Courtland by 10 seconds. Megan Grundler placed third as the Vikings won their sixth straight regional. Stafford finished second with 78 points, 48 behind Woodbridge. Cave Spring of Roanoke(86) and North Stafford (107) also qualified for this Saturday's state meet, which will be held at the same site.

Curtis Grundler, Billy Gilhooly and Mark Godfruy of Woodbridge finished 1-2-3 as the Vikings rolled to their fifth straight regional boys title. The three Viking runners had the only times under 17 minutes. Gar-Field finished second with 113 points, far behind Woodbridge's total of 36. James Wood and Franklin County also qualified for the state meet, along with the top 15 individual boys and girls finishers.

The Clarke County girls team won its second consecutive Region B championship, scoring 42 points to defeat seven other teams. Central's Becky Runion, the Bull Run District champion, successfully defended her individual title with her winning time of 20:24.

In the boys Region B meet, Strasburg edged George Mason by six points with a winning score of 71. George Mason's Richard Murr was runnerup in the individual competition with a time of 17:07. State competition takes place this weekend at the University of Virginia.

Park View's girls team placed second at the at the Region II meet last week. The Patriots' Brandon Truitt placed fifth overall, 59 seconds behind winner Mary Purcell of Louisa. Park View's team total of 80 left them 55 points behind first place Louisa. Northwestern District champion Katherine Hardy of Broad Run finished fourth.

The Northwestern District boys cross country teams had less success at regionals. Only one runner finished in the top 15. District champion Robert Jones of Broad Run finished 13th with a time of 17:19.

Girls Soccer

Loudoun County won the Northwestern District championship, defeating Broad Run, 2-1, in penalty kicks after four overtimes. Carla Rollins led the Raiders to their second consecutive title with a goal in the first half. Loudoun County outscored Broad Run in penalty kicks, 5-4.


E.C. Glass of Lynchburg (18-0) captured the Northwestern Regional for the second straight year, defeating Woodbridge in the finals, 9-0. The vikings reached the regional finals for the second year in a row.

In the individual competition, Lisa Arakaki finished second to Tiffany Harting of George Washington-Danville. Arakaki and Alison Cackowski were defeated in the doubles semifinals.