Ashburn, Va. (January 31, 2017) — The word hot can mean many different things. For this next edition of Viva Loudoun’s Hottest Hoops Of The Week, it’s not so much about how hot the hoops teams are – more like how hot the rivalry is.
This rivalry has been ‘Burning hot for years.
No matter what the sport – football, hoops, hockey, debate or tiddlywinks – when the Spartans of Broad Run High School show down with the Bulldogs of Stone Bridge High School, it’s always a neighborhood battle for Ashburn bragging rights known throughout the land as The Battle Of The ‘Burn. Two schools located closer to each other than almost any other two Loudoun schools, with kids who grew up playing with and against each other in the Dulles Little League and the Ashburn Youth Football League, now representing in Spartan maroon and Bulldog blue.
On Tuesday we’ll be treated to not one but two back-to-back Battles Of The ‘Burn when the Spartans host the Bulldogs for a girls/boys varsity hoops double-header.
Pay no attention to the four teams’ respective records – they’re nothing to write posts about. Stone Bridge’s girls are 8-10 overall, 2-3 in Conference 14 play; Broad Run’s girls are 1-18, 0-5. The Spartan boys are 9-10, though tied with Potomac Falls atop the conference at 4-1; the Bulldog boys are 7-12 and 2-4.
But check out how hotly contested it was the last time these two ‘Burn schools engaged in battle, three Fridays ago on Jan. 13: On the girls’ side, the Bulldogs escaped 55-45, holding off a fourth-quarter comeback bid from the Spartans; when the boys tangled, the Spartans earned a 62-60 win after entering the fourth trailing the Bulldogs by one.
Throw out the records. This rivalry is hot. Follow along as Stone Bridge’s Chloe Madgwick and Evan Buckley match skills with Broad Run’s Jade Roberts and Anthony Cooper in this two-for-the-price-of-one Battle Of The ‘Burn. We’ll be there with cameras, pens and quote-grabbers at the ready, plus we’ll live-tweet the festivities of Viva Loudoun’s Hottest Hoops Of The Week @VivaLoudoun.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
for Viva Loudoun Media Communications