Broad Run's Ryan Koppel and Potomac Falls's C.W. Moran, two of Loudoun County's most accomplished male athletes over the last two years, plan to continue their careers in college.
Koppel, a two-time All-Extra in boys' basketball, earned a full scholarship to Presbyterian (S.C.) College, a Division II school. Moran, an All-Met last fall in cross-country, will attend James Madison University on a partial scholarship. Both said they expected to sign letters-of-intent yesterday, the start of the spring signing period.
Koppel, who averaged 20 points in a two-year career at Broad Run, will join a Presbyterian team that reached the round of 16 in the Division II national tournament.
"I felt close to the team and the program," Koppel said of his visit last weekend. "I felt like I had known the players my whole life."
Moran, a two-time All-Extra runner of the year in cross-country, finished fourth at the Virginia AA championships. He visited JMU in the fall.
"I like the people there," Moran said. "I've never heard anything bad about" JMU.
Vikings Boys' Soccer Overcomes Slow Start
After not playing for 10 days and practicing indoors for a week, the Loudoun Valley boys' soccer team had difficulty finding proper spacing early in its AA Dulles District game at Loudoun County on Monday. Despite that rough start, the Vikings converted on nearly one-third of their shots and defeated Loudoun County, 5-1.
"Under the circumstances, I thought we played very well," Loudoun Valley Coach Laird Johnson said. "We had three games postponed last week, but we have a great indoor team."
Loudoun Valley (2-0-1) took only 17 shots but was able to score during the run of play and also off a corner kick and direct free kick. Senior Sam Golden scored twice for the Vikings, and senior Jacob Weitz, freshman Belmon Bekric and junior Travis Wells also scored.
"We got some quality opportunities and took advantage of them," Johnson said. "It was kind of a physical match, but things worked out pretty well for us."
Love Scores Twice for Raiders Girls
Loudoun County sophomore forward Gillian Love scored the Raiders' goals in a 2-1 victory against host Loudoun Valley on Monday. Despite controlling the flow of the game, the Raiders (6-0, 3-0 Dulles District) trailed Loudoun Valley (0-2-1, 0-2) by a goal after the first half without senior forward and leading scorer Lena Franklin, who was on vacation.
Loudoun County totaled 32 shots on goal to Loudoun Valley's 11, but Love did not score until 10 minutes into the second half. Nearly 10 minutes later, she scored again to take the lead and tie Franklin as top scorer with seven goals this season.
"Definitely not to disrespect Valley, because they fought hard all game long, but I thought we would have scored more goals," Loudoun County Coach Kirk Smith said. Loudoun Valley "slowed us down by playing the long ball, which is different than our quick and short passing game."
Senior defender Whitney Strand led the Raiders' defense, which allowed only its second goal of the season. The Raiders' biggest test is scheduled Tuesday against Potomac Falls.
-- Drew vanEsselstyn, Colin Fitzgibbons and Will Toussaint