LEESBURG — The Handley girls’ tennis team and new coach Steff Plotts opened its season by defeating Loudoun County 7-2 in a non-district match on Thursday.

Handley winners: Singles: No. 2 Grace Meehan 9-7; No. 3 Page Brubaker 8-2; No. 4 Tess McAllister 8-0; No. 5 Sophia McAllister 8-0; No. 6 Lindsay Pifer 8-0. Doubles: No. 2 Meehan-Brubaker 8-1; No. 3: S. McAllister-Pifer 8-3.

Warren County 6, Clarke County 3

FRONT ROYAL — Clarke County fell to Warren County in its non-district season-opening match on Thursday.

Clarke County winners: Singles: No. 4 Mary Simmons 8-1; No. 6 Jenna Stallsworth 8-4. Doubles: No. 1 Lily Hayton-Simmons 8-2.  

Baseball: Millbrook 14, Loudoun Valley 7

WINCHESTER — Micah George went 4 for 4 with two doubles, scored three times and drove in four runs to lead Millbrook to victory over Loudoun Valley on Thursday.

With the score tied at 5-5 entering the bottom of the fifth, George's two-run, bases-loaded double highlighted a seven-run outburst for the Pioneers (2-0).

Millbrook leaders: Chase Ford 2-4 (double), RBI; Tanner Barb 2-4, RBI; Hogan Newlin (2 runs); Nate Brookshire (3 RBIs); Carl Keenan (2 RBIs); Devin Reid WP, 5 innings, 6 hits, 5 runs (2 earned), no walks, 5 strikeouts.

Skyline 7, Handley 0

FRONT ROYAL — Handley was held to three hits in a loss to Skyline on Thursday.

The Hawks' Ryan Curl allowed those six hits in three innings against the Judges (1-2). Curl struck out nine batters and walked two.

Handley leaders: Charlie Allen 1-3, triple; Landen Lewis, Griffin Hott each 1-3. 

Softball: Loudoun Valley 9, Millbrook 7

WINCHESTER — Loudoun Valley scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 8-5 lead and went on to defeat Millbrook for the second time in four days on Thursday.

The Pioneers (0-2) brought the tying run to plate in the seventh inning, but a flyout ended the game.

Millbrook leaders: Grace Badnek 2-4, 2-run home run in 3rd inning, 2 runs; Emily Jeffries 2-4, double, 2 runs, RBI; Jazmyne Scott 2-3; Emma Martin 1-4, double, 2 RBIs; Jazmin Orr 1-4, 2 RBIs; Alexis McFarland 1-2, double. 

Skyline 17, Handley 0 (5)

FRONT ROYAL — Skyline's Mackenzie McIntyre allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out six batters in five-inning complete game win over Handley on Thursday.

The Judges (1-2) trailed 16-0 after two innings. Lily Shearer went 1 for 2 for Handley. 

Boys' tennis: Clarke County 7, Warren County 2

BERRYVILLE — Clarke County opened its season with a non-district win over Warren County on Thursday.

Clarke County winners: Singles: No. 1 Linus Pritchard 8-5; No. 3 Preston Bernier 8-1; No. 4 Ethan Ellis 8-2; No. 5 Thomas Dalton 8-2; No. 6 Dominic Boukaia 8-5. Doubles: No. 2 Pritchard/Ellis 8-2; 3. Bernier/Jonathan Westbrook 8-1. 

Loudoun County 5, Handley 4

WINCHESTER — Loudoun County won two of three doubles matched to knock off defending Region 4C champion Handley in the Judges season-opener on Thursday.

Handley winners: Singles: No. 1 Nathan Thomas 8-6. No. 2 Ty Dickson 8-4; No. 5 Geronimo Dib Ghys 9-7. Doubles: No. 2 Dickson-Jack Boye 8-4.

Girls' soccer: Sherando 6, Liberty 0

STEPHENS CITY — Ella Sampsell had three goals and one assist to lead Sherando to a win over Liberty in its season and Class 4 Northwestern District opener on Thursday.

Other Sherando leaders: Anna Hill 2 assists; Alba Amor Lopez, Sophia Straightiff, Carleigh Ritter 1 assist each; Morgan Catalano 4 saves in shutout.

Loudoun County 3, Handley 2

LEESBURG — Loudoun County scored broke a 2-2 tie with a goal with 10 minutes remaining to beat Handley in the Judges' non-district season-opening game on Thursday.

Emeryce Worrell had two goals for the Judges. 

College baseball: SU 17, Nichols 5

WINCHESTER — One day after pounding 27 hits, Shenandoah University racked up 26 more in a blowout of Nichols on Thursday.

Frankie Ritter went 5 for 6 (three doubles, three runs, two RBIs) to lead the No. 6 Hornets (14-2), who got multiple hits from eight of its nine starters. SU scored at least one run in the first seven innings against Nichols (1-9).

Kyle Lisa went 4 for 4 with a solo homer and scored three runs. Kooper Anderson (triple, three runs, three RBIs), Colby Martin (double, triple, 3 RBIs) and Gavin Horning (three runs) each smacked three hits. Pearce Bucher (three RBIs), Ryan Clawson (two runs) and Dillon Partin (two RBIs) notched two hits apiece.

Five SU pitchers combined on a three-hitter. Former Sherando standout Michael Usa tossed one hitless inning.

College softball: SU splits with Southern Va.

BUENA VISTA — Shenandoah University won the opener 9-6 and then suffered an 11-3 mercy rule loss in five innings against Southern Virginia on Thursday.

Leading 6-5, the Hornets (4-8) scored three times in the sixth to take a four-run lead.

Lily Richichi led a 14-hit attack with three hits. Brenna Snyder (two RBIs), Danielle McNeill, Arlene Miller and Paige Eagleton added two hits each. Kayla Stephenson (3-5) went four innings to earn the win.

After SU took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap, the Knights (9-3) scored eight runs in the bottom of the inning. Eagleton smacked a solo homer and Tiffany Bower (double) drove in the other two runs for SU.

Women’s lacrosse: F&M 15, SU 10

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Shenandoah concluded its Spring Break trip with a loss against No. 8 Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday.

The Hornets (4-3) led 5-4 after one period, but the Diplomats (4-2) outscored SU 5-1 in the second period to take the lead for good. F&M led 12-9 after three periods.

Emily Lerch, Reilly Cisar and Ainsley Buckner had two goals apiece for the Hornets. Amy Bell, Madison Re, Emma Stiffler and Paige Padberg added one each. Keeper Ashley MacFarlane made 18 saves. Lauren Pittman had five goals to lead F&M.

Pro basketball: Tri-State 148, Vipers 139 (2 OT)

NEW YORK — The Tri-State Admirals scored the last 11 points of the game to defeat the Virginia Valley Vipers in two overtimes on Thursday in The Basketball League.

The Vipers (0-5) trailed 37-26 after one quarter, were tied 59-59 at halftime, trailed 95-94 after three quarters, and were tied 124-124 at the end of regulation and 134-134 after the first overtime. Rze Culbreath tied the game with a traditional three-point play with 19 seconds left in regulation and Kam Cooper tied it with a two-point jump shot with 24 seconds left in the first overtime.

Virginia hosts Reading at 7 p.m. on Saturday and gets a rematch with Tri-State at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Shenandoah University's Wilkins Center. 

Vipers leaders: Culbreath 24 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists; Chris Chaney 24 points, 3 steals, 2 assists; Gerald Jackson 17 points; Dhonte Ford 15 points, 5 steals, 4 assists; Cooper 14 points; Justin Brown 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks; Marlon Parker 11 points, 5 assists; James Williams-Hanton 10 points, 3 steals, 3 assists. 

— Compiled by Walt Moody and Robert Niedzwiecki

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