Thursday, April 18, 2013
Youth baseball leagues in Sterling and Ashburn kick off their seasons with parades this weekend.
Both the Dulles Little League and the Lower Loudoun Little League are set for Opening Day Saturday, April 20. Dulles Little League, which serves most Ashburn players, scheduled its parade at 10 a.m.; it runs from St. Theresa Catholic Church to Crittenden Memorial Park. Lower Loudoun Little League, which serves Sterling, has set its parade for 8:45 a.m.; it runs from Park View High School to Jeff Cobb Field. Head out and enjoy one of the annual rites of spring. Learn more about each league’s events on their websites: Central Loudoun Little League, which serves Leesburg, has already kicked off its season.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Varsity Sports: Softball loses first game, boys soccer struggles, baseball keeping it close to even.
Stone Bridge High School sports had a mixed week, with even the previously undefeated varsity softball team falling Wednesday night. The boys varsity soccer team (2-4-3) continued to struggle this week, losing its fourth and fifth games in a row to South Lakes, 0-1, Tuesday and Madison High, 1-2, Thursday. The varsity softball and baseball teams each scored wins Tuesday against South Lakes (softball 10-0; baseball 7-0), but they both lost Wednesday. The baseball team (4-5) lost 3-6 to Freedom High, while the softball team (8-1) lost its first game of the season to Bishop O'Connell 0-3. Both teams welcome Marshall High to Ashburn Friday at 6:30 p.m. Photos by Stone Bridge senior Tyler Levin.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Scores turnout at Farmwell Station Middle School to express their views on proposed professional sports stadium.
A proposal to permit a 5,500-seat ballpark in One Loudoun that would double as the home for both professional baseball and soccer teams is set for an April 3 vote by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Dozens of speakers and observers attended a public hearing Monday night at Farmwell Station Middle School to voice their support or concerns. Transportation and noise remained top concerns not just because of games, but also because of the 17 concerts that would be permitted each year, under the current proposal. One concern raised by supervisors were additional changes to the One Loudoun project that appeared to be only tangentially related to the stadium. “I feel a little taken advantage of in the process,” said County Chairman Scott …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Opponents are not buying assertions that Loudoun professional sports rely on a ballpark at the development.
As the Loudoun Planning Commission wades through a proposal to permit a 5,500-seat stadium in the One Loudoun development, the case supporters appear to be developing is that Loudoun could miss its opportunity to land two professionals sports teams. Opponents of the ballpark aren't buying it. Those against the park – whose concerns include noise, lights, traffic and the loss of planned office space – turned out along with supporters for a public hearing Tuesday night in Leesburg. Comments were pretty evenly divided. Opponents included residents of the Potomac Green and Ashbrook communities, and those concerns about the Blue Heron rookery nearby; but there were also supporters from Potomac Green. Supporters primarily included baseball and …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The new website comes as partners await necessary land-use decisions from Loudoun.
One Loudoun developer Miller & Smith and Loudoun Hounds owners VIP Sports have launched a website to promote the ballpark the two entities hope to build at the corner of Loudoun County Parkway and Route 7. The 5,500-seat stadium would be home to the minor league Hounds professional baseball team as well as a new Northern American Soccer League team recently authorized in Loudoun. Supporters and opponents of the move of the ballpark from Kincora, along Route 28 at Route 7, to One Loudoun. Opponents have raised concerns about noise, traffic and the loss of commercial space at One Loudoun, while supporters say the stadium would be a net positive for Loudoun. With www.OneLoudounBallPark.com, the partners in the project hope to keep the public …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Loudoun based baseball team performs well in league, series of tournaments.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Dominant is the only term to describe the 14U Diamond Elite team performance in the fall season for the NVTBL (Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League) and regional tournaments. With a current NVTBL record of 11-0-1, the Loudoun-based Elite allowed just 37 runs while racking up 149 runs of their own. This team of dedicated young ball players prove that hard work and dedication pay off, playing in three consecutive tournaments, remaining undefeated in two and losing just one game in another to come away as champions in all three events. The Longhorn Stampede, held here in Loudoun County, showcased teams from Maryland and Virginia. The Elite lost a tough battle against the Olney Pirates, dropping them into the Silver Bracket, where they …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Land use changes required to move baseball park to One Loudoun goes to the ‘top of the pile.’
A comprehensive plan amendment and related land-use applications required to permit the move of the Loudoun Hounds planned stadium from Kincora to One Loudoun were moved to the “top of the pile,” as County Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) put it during this week’s board meeting. The Hounds recently announced plans to move the stadium because they would not be able to start playing in 2014 at the Kincora site. York said the move was mutually agreeable to all parties. Some residents have expressed concerns about the impact the minor league baseball team's stadium would have on transportation and the noise generated from games and other events that would be permitted. “I know they’ve got some concerns about transportation and noise. We’re …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Change of site for minor league's stadium may bolster competing "town center."
After delays pushed back construction of the Loudoun Hounds stadium — and the team’s inaugural day — the anticipated new minor league baseball team today announced plans to move its diamond up the road to One Loudoun, with sites set on a 2014 season. “Well, HoundsNation, in my last Inside Pitch I told you that our one and only goal is to open our ballpark in 2014,” said Bob Farren, the Hounds’ president and CEO, in a newsletter to fans. “I am happy to tell you that the accomplishment of that goal is looking very, very good.” The developers of One Loudoun, at Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway, just to the west of the stadium's planned location at Route 28 and Route 7, were enthusiastic. “We’re excited,” said Bill May, vice president of …
Monday, June 18, 2012
The precursor to the Big League World Series runs July 5-9 at Foltz Field, Park View High School.
Monday, June 18, 2012
In case you don’t get your fill of thrilling sites in the sky on the Fourth of July, skydivers will present the game ball to participants in the Virginia State Big League Baseball Tournament in Sterling July 5. The Lower Loudoun Little League (LLLL) announced today that it will host the Virginia State Big League Baseball Tournament next month. The league hosted the Junior State Tournament in 2010. Organizers set the statewide tournament, created for players aged 16 to 18, for July 5-9 at Foltz Field and Park View High School, 400 West Laurel Avenue, in Sterling. The opening ceremony begins at 5 p.m. July 5 and is open to the public. A parachute team from Chambersburg Skydiving Center in Pennsylvania will present the game ball. “We are …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The defending District 16 champs look for more success at home Thursday at Stone Bridge.
The Ashburn Knights—a baseball team sponsored by the Leonard W. Kidd Memorial Post 2001 of the American Legion in Ashburn—is off to a winning start at 2-1, with the next home game set for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Stone Bridge High School. The Knights won the District 16 Championship in 2011. The American Legion Baseball League provides 17- to 19-year-olds the opportunity to keep up their skills and compete through the summer. Students from Stone Bridge, Broad Run, Park View and Potomac Falls participate on the team. The Ashburn Legion also sponsors a junior Knights team for 14- to 16-year-olds. Other teams in this American Legion league include: A schedule of Knights games can be found attached as a PDF with the pictures. Thanks to Tom…