Ashburn, Va. (March 9, 2017) — Does a state crown fit the heads of the Vikings? Only one way to find out.
Western Loudoun’s waited a long time – a long, long time – for the chance it’s about to get. Now, at long last, that chance is here…and an entire region of the County doesn’t want it to slip away.
On Friday, March 10, at 8:30 p.m. inside the Siegel Center of Virginia Commonwealth University off Broad Street in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, the Vikings of Loudoun Valley High School will play for the boys’ basketball state championship for Group 4A, looking to achieve something never before accomplished in the 56-year history of the Purcellville school:
Win it all.
The pieces are in place. Senior floor general Nick Ball is running the offense with aplomb. Dominic Peterson has the range with his three-point shot. Do-it-all Duron Norris is carving up defenses with drives while denying drives defensively. Dynamic guard Jalen Williams is consistent with the point output. And the skilled 6-foot-6 forward Jordan Miller is ready to take it through the paint to the hole, and ready to hit his freebies after he does.
It’s been head coach Chad Dawson‘s winning combination all winter long.
The Vikings come in with a gawdy 29-1. Their one blemish came Jan. 26 in a close three-point road loss to tough in-conference foe Heritage, but sandwiching that sole setback are win streaks of 16 and 13 games, the latter string still ongoing.
Defense has been the name of Valley’s game, having allowed 60 or more points just six times. Last time out, in the state semis down in Salem, the Vikings held George Washington-Danville to a mere 43 in a thorough dismantling of a fellow state-tourney competitor.
It might not be so easy in the finale.
Standing between the Vikings and their first ever ultimate championship are the Eagles of Jamestown High School out of Williamsburg. Jamestown is 27-2 and made the state title tilt for a reason – well, two, actually. Twins Evan and Mason Wang, co-Players of the Year in Conference 18, fill up the scoresheet from the backcourt with a combined 34.8 points per game. They’re complemented by Diamonte Brown, Ryan Jones and Ryan Devine, all averaging in double figures.
This is the sort of squad that can put Valley’s D to the test.
Pass that test, and the crown is theirs to wear back here in Loudoun. Let’s see if they can bring it home.
We’ll be there in Richmond to bring you the story of the Vikings’ quest as Viva Loudoun’s Hottest Hoops Of The Week. Tune in on the live-tweeting direct from Virginia’s capital @VivaLoudoun.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
for Viva Loudoun Media Communications