Aug. 28 -- The Potomac Falls football team wins its season opener, 37-7, over Osbourn Park, for the first on-the-field victory in school history. Thus begins a year of turnarounds for the second-year school: the football team improves from 1-9 in 1997 (the one win was a forfeit) to 6-4 in 1998, the volleyball team goes from 3-13 in 1997 to 12-8 and a Group AAA tournament berth in 1998, and the girls soccer team goes from 6-8 in 1998 to playing for the Concorde District championship in 1999.
Nov. 3 -- Fauquier senior Tera Walker's routine layup with 2 minutes 16 seconds left in the second quarter of a 62-54 win over Sherando gives her 1,422 career points and makes her the county's all-time leading basketball scorer, male or female. Walker, a 5-foot-8 guard, finishes the game with 30 points and her career with 1,489 points.
Nov. 6 -- Two area football teams wrap up 9-1 regular seasons and their first district titles by beating their county rivals. Park View's 53-6 victory over Broad Run gives the Patriots their first AAA Liberty District title -- their first district football title at any level since 1989 -- and their first AAA Northern Region playoff berth. Liberty secures its first AA Northwestern District championship with a 42-0 win over Fauquier and advances to the AA Region II playoffs for the first time in school history.
Nov. 11 -- The Fauquier field hockey team successfully defends its Group AA Invitational championship title with a 2-1 sudden-death overtime victory over Tabb. Junior reserve Cathleen Sienkiewicz scores both goals for the Falcons.
Nov. 14 -- It's a banner day for Loudoun County High School female athletes. The girls basketball team makes a clean sweep of the AA Northwestern District regular season and tournament titles with a 47-41 victory over host Liberty in the tournament final. Earlier in the day, the girls cross-country team makes its best showing at the Group AA meet in 12 years by placing fifth, led by junior Jennifer Lapetoda's eighth-place finish.
In the boys Group AAA cross-country race, Potomac Falls senior David Ehlert finishes fourth.
Nov. 21 -- The Liberty football team avenges its only regular season loss by beating Sherando, 24-0, in the Region II Division 4 final before 3,400 fans in Bealeton. The victory gives the Eagles their first Region II championship and ends the Warriors' three-year reign as region champions. Liberty loses in the Group AA Division 4 semifinals to Lafayette, 21-7, the next week.
Dec. 18 -- Loudoun Valley's volleyball team sends an early message to the AA Northwestern District with a 15-8, 12-15, 15-6 victory over visiting James Wood. It was the Colonels' first regular season loss in 2 1/2 years -- a streak of 34 matches. The Vikings go on to win their first district regular season and tournament titles, and advance to the Region II semifinals.
Jan. 30 -- The Notre Dame regional boys basketball team gains a measure of national recognition when it travels to New Jersey and upsets St. Patrick's -- a team that has been ranked nationally the past four years -- by a 62-58 score. The game is televised locally in New Jersey and is played before a crowd of 2,000. Texas A&M-bound senior Jamaal Gilchrist scores 20 points and is named the game's most valuable player. In March, Notre Dame wins its second straight Virginia Independent Schools Division II title.
Feb. 3 -- Broad Run wins its third consecutive AAA Liberty District gymnastics title, this time on its home floor. Senior Charlene Kordon placed fourth or better in all her individual events to finish tied for second in the all-around competition. Three days later, the Potomac Falls gymnastics team finishes a surprising second at the Concorde District championships and joins the Spartans at the AAA Northern Region meet.
Feb. 8 -- Six hundred fans pack the Ashburn Ice House to watch the ice hockey teams from Broad Run and Loudoun County battle for the first time. Broad Run wins, 8-1, to finish its first season with a 9-0-1 record.
Feb. 13 -- A 61-51 loss to Madison in the AAA Liberty District tournament play-in game ends the season for the Broad Run boys basketball team. Senior Chris Schoenmann scores nine points in the loss, which concludes an 0-22 season for Broad Run. Schoenmann also played for the football team, which went 0-10 in the fall.
Feb. 19 -- Senior T.J. Dorsey leads the Loudoun Valley boys basketball team to one of the most improbable comebacks in school history. Dorsey makes three free throws with 2.2 seconds left in a AA Northwestern District tournament semifinal to give the Vikings a 54-52 victory over Sherando. The free throws cap a 9-0 Loudoun Valley run that turned a 52-45 Sherando lead with 36 seconds left in the game into a Vikings win. The Vikings go on to win their second straight Northwestern District title and their first AA Region II title.
Feb. 27 -- Broad Run senior Brandon Calderwood pins Brooke Point senior Jeff Pradhan in the 125-pound state final to become the Ashburn school's first AAA wrestling champion. Calderwood finished the season with a 41-0 record and a career record of 119-13. He set school records for wins in a season (41) and career (119).
March 6 -- Another area wrestler finishes his career as his school's all-time win leader. Fauquier senior Walter Sampsell places fifth in the 135-pound class at the Group AA meet and ends his career with a 103-38 record.
May 12 -- A day of heartbreak in district tournament quarterfinals for the three Group AAA baseball teams. Broad Run's three seniors -- Brad Bauder, Brad May and Chris Null -- each hit a two-run home run, but it's not enough as the Spartans lose to Langley, 7-6, when Saxon senior Roy Jones hits a seventh-inning three-run home run. Park View loses to Madison, 4-3, in nine innings; the Warhawks score the winning run on a squeeze. And Potomac Falls fights top-seeded Chantilly for four hours and 13 innings, but the Chargers escape with a 7-5 win on a 13th-inning home run.
May 17 -- Potomac Falls's girls soccer team beats previously undefeated Oakton, 3-2, to advance to the final of the AAA Concorde District tournament. Junior Tara Flint scores the game-winning goal with three minutes left in the game, and the Panthers go on to the AAA Northern Region tournament for the first time.
May 18 -- The Loudoun County softball team upsets Loudoun Valley, 2-0, in a AA Northwestern District semifinal. Junior pitcher Hilary Legg gives up only four hits in 10 innings to lead the Raiders to their first win over the Vikings in three years. Loudoun County then upsets Fauquier, 1-0, in the tournament final.
May 21 -- History repeats itself, as the Fauquier boys soccer team upsets Handley, 1-0, in the AA Northwestern District tournament final for the second year in a row. Senior Brian Kelleher scores the game-winner. In the girls tournament, Loudoun Valley beats Loudoun County, 2-1, to make a clean sweep of the district regular season and tournament titles. Sophomore Christina Stratman scores her second game-winning goal against the Raiders.
May 22 -- Loudoun County junior tennis player Matt Brandon battles Handley's Tommy Marino for three hours, fighting off cramps to secure a three-set victory. Brandon's win propels the Raiders to a 5-2 team victory over the Judges, the defending Group AA champion, in the AA Region II finals. Loudoun County advances to the Group AA tournament for the first time in six years.
May 26 -- Senior pitcher Jennifer Potts throws her second no-hitter in as many days, leading Loudoun Valley past Stuarts Draft, 7-0, in the AA Region II semifinals. The victory puts the Vikings into their second Group AA tournament in three years. Loudoun Valley eventually loses to Rustburg, 1-0, in the Group AA semifinals. The Devils beat Loudoun Valley in the 1997 state final.
May 28 -- An unlikely hero leads the Broad Run softball team to its first AAA Northern Region title. Senior Charlene Kordon, playing her first year of high school softball, singles in the eighth inning to drive in Mia Jones to give the Spartans a 1-0 victory over then-No. 1 Madison. Freshman pitcher Christy Anch, the tournament's most valuable player, pitches her sixth postseason shutout, despite a sore arm.
June 5 -- A day of near-misses for Loudoun County High School. First, the boys tennis team is edged by Heritage, 5-4, in the Group AA finals in Blacksburg. Later in Roanoke, the girls soccer team -- which won its first Region II title a week earlier -- loses, 2-1, to Jamestown in the first Group AA girls soccer final. In Harrisonburg at the Group AA track and field meet, senior Megan Wiseman, the Northwestern District and Region II champion in the 300 hurdles, finishes second in a photo finish, despite running her best time ever. Senior Jeff Papirtis is the Raiders' lone champion -- he wins the discus to finish his season undefeated in the event.
CAPTION: Charlene Kordon helps Broad Run win its third straight district title.