Loudoun County High School Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2022 | Sports

Loudoun County High School will induct six members into its Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony in the school’s auditorium on Sept. 16.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2022 includes coaches/contributors John Brown and Sherrilyn Hanna, and athletes Sara Ballenger, Brittany Batts, Juliane (Hanna) Ciske and Tommy Curtin.

After the induction ceremony, the Hall of Fame members will be introduced to the local crowd at halftime of the Loudoun County college football game against Broad Run.

Here’s a look at the Class of 2022, courtesy of the LCHS Athletic Department.

John Brown (golf, volleyball coach)

Brown served as head golf coach from 1986 to 1997. During that time, his teams won five regular season district championships, five district tournament championships, one region championship, two region runners-up and a third-place finish. state in 1988.

Brown is also affectionately known as “the father of county volleyball.” As a middle school physical education teacher at Simpson Middle School, the middle school source for LCHS, he encouraged many young girls to try volleyball for the first time and established the Simpson Volleyball Club and the Loudoun Youth Volleyball in 2002.

From 2004-2013 he was a volunteer assistant for LCHS Volleyball and was responsible for scouting all post-season opponents in Loudoun County and made trips to Roanoke, Fluvanna and Western Albemarle.

Sherrilyn Hanna (volleyball coach)

Hanna spent 13 years participating in the LCHS volleyball program – as a freshman (2004, 2010), junior varsity (2012, 2013) and varsity coach (2014-2017). Additionally, she coached several Loudoun Youth Volleyball Simpson teams which included future county players from 2003 to 2011.

Hanna amassed a 109-9 record during her four years as the county volleyball head coach. During that time, the team won four district regular season championships, four district tournament championships, three region championships, one second region championship, and four state championships.

She was named Virginia 4A Coach of the Year in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Sara Ballenger (class of 1983)

Ballenger excelled in shot put and discus at County. In March 1983, she was ranked the top high school shot putter (44-5) in the nation by Track and Field Magazine and was named Outstanding Field Woman at the Dogwood Festival in Charlottesville.

She won the Virginia State championship in discus (130-7) in 1982 (130-7) and (138-10) in 1983, and earned All-State honors in shot put in those years . Additionally, Ballenger broke the District Meet record in shot put twice and the Region Meet record in discus once during his career.

Ballenger’s school record (138-10) on disc still stands today. Ballenger then competed in the shot put and discus at Rick College and Brigham Young University, where she was nationally ranked in the shot put (51-7.75).

Juliane (Hanna) Ciske (Class of 2010)

Hanna earned four varsity letters in volleyball while playing for the county. She helped lead the team to four regular season district championships, three district tournament championships, four region championships, three state championships, and a state runner-up title.

For her play, Hanna was selected to the All-District First Team, All-Region First Team, and All-State First Team as a junior and senior. As a senior, she was named Virginia State AA Player of the Year, First Team All-Met, and Loudoun Times Mirror Co-Athlete of the Year.

Also selected as the 2009 Virginia Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year and Prep Volleyball All-American, Hanna went on to play at the University of New Mexico on a full volleyball scholarship. She returned to the county and coached JV volleyball from 2014 to 2016.

Brittany Batts (class of 2011)

Batts was a four-year member of the county’s college basketball program. She helped the county win a state championship in 2009 and a state runner-up in 2011. She has also been a member of three regular-season district championships, three district tournament championships, and two championship teams. of region.

Batts ranks No. 2 in VHSL history in career three-pointers (271) and No. 4 in career free throws (362). She still holds school records for career points (2,039), career three-pointers (271), three-pointers in a single season (101), three-pointers in a single game (9) and free throws in career (362).

For her play, she was named All-District First Team three times, All-Region First Team twice, All-State Second Team once, and All-State First Team and Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention. Once. Batts was also a member of the county football program as a rookie and a senior.

Batts went on to be a four-year member and three-year starter at Gannon University, where she finished her career with 1,152 points and helped the Knights to four NCAA playoff appearances – highlighted by winning the Atlantic Regional Championship and moving up to the elite. Eight in 2013. Batts is currently an assistant women’s basketball coach at Gannon University.

Tommy Curtin (Class of 2011)

Curtin won eight varsity letters in cross country and county track and field. In cross country, he was a three-time district champion, three-time area champion and a two-time top-three finisher at the state meet.

Curtin was a member of the 2011 state championship runner-up track team and still holds the school record in the 3200 meters and 4×800 meters relay. He won a state title as a member of the 4×800 meter relay and broke the state AA record. He was named LCHS Most Outstanding Senior and Senior Athlete of the Year in 2011.

Curtin then raced cross country and track at Virginia Tech, where he was a six-time All-American and broke the school record in the indoor and outdoor 5,000 meters. Additionally, he was the first Virginia Tech runner to be named Hokie Sports Athlete of the Year. Curtin also raced professionally, competing in the Olympic trials, while being sponsored by Saucony.

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