Author: Varun Shankar

Varun is a senior at Dominion High School and the Academy of Science in Sterling. He’s also the editor-in-chief and founder of The Tea Shop, a multimedia site. He is the host of Down to the Wire and LoCoSports' Technical Fowl. In his free time, Varun enjoys watching D.C. sports teams consistently break his heart, except for the Capitals who are Stanley Cup Champions.

Ashburn, Va. — Aidan Clark’s resume is as illustrious as it could be. The Briar Woods track and field superstar has cleared every metaphorical hurdle on his path to becoming one of the best jumpers in the State of Virginia. Now, he’ll prove it in Blacksburg, as the Ashburn native has committed to Virginia Tech to compete in both the high jump and the triple jump. “I chose Virginia Tech because I loved the coach and program, but also felt I could really succeed there,” Clark said. “It also feels like home since I will be attending VT at the…

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Loudoun County, Va. — As sports come to a grinding halt across the country, we wanted to reflect on the efforts of the boys basketball teams in Loudoun County this winter. It was a remarkably successful season for Loudoun County boys basketball, as teams from the county captured both the VHSL Region 4C and Region 5C championships. To properly reflect the aforementioned efforts, here is the last LoCo Top 5 of the 2019-2020 season. On a side note: this will be my last story writing about basketball for LoCoSports. I’m not done writing entirely just yet hopefully. If spring sports…

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Sterling, Va. — Next year, quite possibly for the first time in his life, Landon Hawes will play for someone who isn’t his father. Instead, he’ll play for head coach John Krikorian at Christopher Newport University. After a decorated career at Potomac Falls High School, the 6-foot-4 senior guard/forward has made the commitment to join the Captains team starting in the 2020-2021 school year. “I think I’ll be adding a guy who wants to do anything to help the team succeed,” Hawes said. “I’ll be adding a guy who will want to be in the gym 24/7, getting better with…

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Ashburn, Va. — The jeer came from a heckler in the Albemarle student section. “Hey #4! You suck!” The #4 in question, Potomac Falls senior small forward Landon Hawes, turned around as one of his teammates took a free throw and nodded his head in acknowledgement. He then turned his attention back to the game and promptly scored 30 points, dominating en route to his team’s VHSL 5A State quarterfinal victory over Albemarle, 69-47. “I heard that a little bit,” Hawes said. “I just looked up and thought, ‘I suck? All right, let’s turn it up. I’m gonna show him…

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Sterling, Va. — Senior point guard Marissa Almonte was holding back tears and with good reason. Her career as a Briar Woods girls basketball player wasn’t done just yet, extended by a 42-31 win over the No. 1 Potomac Falls girls basketball team on February 27 that both advanced the No. 5 Falcons to the VHSL Region 5C championship and secured them a berth in the VHSL 5A State tournament. “We’ve prepared for this game the whole season, we knew this was going to happen, and this is what we wanted,” Almonte said. “We knew we wanted to play again.”…

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