fEb. 3, 2009- DIGITAL SPORTS.com
Boys Hoops: Stone Bridge 69, Marshall 58

By Dan Sousa
LoudounPrepSports.com Senior Content Editor

Ashburn (Feb. 2, 2009) - Stone Bridge High School boys basketball coach Sonny Green told his team prior to Monday night's game with Marshall that the playoffs were starting for the Bulldogs now. Struggling with five straight defeats, the Bulldogs were looking to better their seeding for the quickly approaching AAA Liberty District tournament.
When the Statesmen opened up a 11-0 lead to start the contest it appeared as if Stone Bridge was truly living its own Groundhog Day, but Stone Bridge kepts its composure and chipped away at the lead the remainder of the first half and then smothered Marshall in the third quarter and rolled to a 69-58 victory.
"I've never seen anything like this in my life, the way this district is. No game is safe. You go into every game and you know it's going to be a battle," said Green whose team at 5-6 in district can finish anywhere from second place to last place depending on how they do in their remaining three regular season games against McLean, Thomas Jefferson and South Lakes.
in the third quarter when the Bulldogs out-scored Marshall, 21-9.  Junior Richie Berry scored 10, six in that key third quarter, as Stone Bridge had eight players score overall. "We also focused on defense, playing hard and bringing more intensity," said Berry.
The Bulldogs played much better in the second half,  "We stressed getting movement on offense ... in the first half we weren't moving the ball very well," said Green. Brown and Berry were very active in the third with Berry turning a steal into a layin to make it 35-34 and Stone Bridge took its first lead of the night, 36-35 with 4:59 left in the third, on two free throws by Jerel Wright. Prince drove the lane to make 38-35. Simonton got two points back with a dunk but Stone Bridge was flowing and Berry hit in transition followed by Wright with a three-point play in the paint and then Berry finished off a Ingersoll pass after another Marshall turnover. That made it 45-37 with 3:40 still left in the third. 
Marshall was able to trim the lead to five points at 58-53 with 3:56 left in the contest after Umar Ahmed scored inside and Whittington husteled to put back in his own 3-point attempt. Berry, however, had the answer with a transition basket and Ingersoll fielded a loose ball on the back side of the basket and put it away for a 62-53 lead. Stone Bridge then went 7 of 8 at the line to salt the win.

Stone Bridge 72, Heritage 60


The Bulldogs trailed, 33-31, at the half but came back in the second half. Richie Berry added 21 for SB.

Stone Bridge routed Thomas Jefferson 67-33. At Stone Bridge, Richie Berry scored 15 as the Bulldogs outscored TJ 38-13 in the second half to blow the game open. After losing its first two games, Stone Bridge has now won three straight, and is 1-0 in the Liberty District.

Stone Bridge 67, TJ 33

The Bulldogs opened AAA Liberty District play by doubling up on TJ Friday. Richie Berry and Nik Brown combined for 29 for SB.

Leading 29-20 at the half, the Bulldogs opened up the third quarter on a 11-0 run and never looked back, out-scoring the Colonials, 24-8, in the stanza.

SB (1-0, 3-2) defensive pressure caused a lot of turnovers and led to easy transition points. James Wells and Berry each recorded four steals. 


Holiday Hoops Festivus

Leesburg Honda Holiday Tournament

What to watch for: Stone Bridge has strung together three straight victories and its two losses each came by a mere three points. The Bulldogs (3-2) are led by guards Nik Brown and Richie Berry - both averaging right around 20 ppg - and rely on the backcourt duo to create and score on offense for a team averaging 79.2 points per game.

dec. 28, 2009- DULLES DISTRICT.COM

Stone Bridge won its fourth game in a row in a high-scoring contest with Dominion, winning 95-79. Richie Berry had 22.

(Dec. 29, 2009) - The Stone Bridge High School boys basketball team offense was hitting on all cylinders at the Leesburg Honda Holiday Basketball tournament Monday night at Broad Run High School as the Bulldogs poured in nearly 100 points in a 95-79 victory over Dominion.

Stone Bridge (4-2) sprinted out to a 31-17 lead over the Titans (1-7). Richie Berry added 22 points for the high-scoring Bulldogs.


Spartans, Bulldogs Roll Up First Round Wins

By Andy Hayes - Publisher & Senior Editor
December 29, 2009

ASHBURN,VA - With Christmas now past, the action returned to the hardwood on Monday with 2 games opening up the 2nd Annual Leesburg Honda Holiday Classic. Both Stone Bridge and Broad Run rolled to impressive victories in the first round.


Stone Bridge had similar success in their first round game against the Dominion Titans, with Richie Berry leading the way with 18 first half points. He finished with 27 in the game. The Bulldogs rolled up nearly 100 points in the 95-79 win over the Titans. The Bulldogs held Dominion in check defensively and used a withering fast break that caught the Titans off guard.
In boys games, Richie Berry scored 19 points to lead Stone Bridge in a game that came down to the final seconds.

Holiday Tournament

Bulldogs nip Valley

The night cap provided considerably more drama as Loudoun Valley and Stone Bridge battled back and forth in a final six minutes that saw four lead changes.

With the score knotted at 59-59 and less than two minutes remaining, Stone Bridge junior Nik Brown drove toward the basket and nailed a running floater that resulted in a four-point swing after a charge was whistled on Kyle Kohnen at the other end and gave the Bulldogs a two-point advantage.

"I thought we played well down the stretch," Stone Bridge Coach Sonny Green said. "We kept our poise, we got some stops when we needed them and I thought overall we played tough. So I'm very proud of the kids."

Senior guard Richie Berry had 19 to go along with six rebounds. Together, the pair of second-year transfers has elevated the play of a team that has struggled mightily over the last several seasons. Now they enter a busy week of AAA Liberty District play with a 5-3 mark.

"They both have the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket," Green said. "But one of the things they're really starting to do a lot better is getting the teammates involved. I always say that good players can get themselves shots. To be a very good player, you have to be able to get everybody shots. I think that that's what they're starting to do.

"We felt very confident going into this game because this is our home court and we need to protect it," Berry said. "This is a big confidence booster for us going 2-1 in this tournament."

All-Tournament team
Richie Berry - Stone Bridge
Ahmad Zafar - Broad Run
Mike Hathaway - Loudoun Valley
Deadre Reaves - Dominion
MVP - Kevin McGaughey - Broad Run


Berry's 21 Points Through Three Quarters Propels Stone Bridge Over South Lakes

Thursday, 7 January 2010
Despite a game time that conflicted with college football's National Championship game, fans still came in force to watch the Bulldogs battle South Lakes on Thursday, Jan. 7. The Seahawks put up the first seven points of the game, but had trouble holding onto the ball the rest of the way as Stone Bridge closed the deficit to 16-14 by the end of the first period. Then the Bulldogs' defense locked down, forcing South Lakes into several turnovers and granting fast break opportunities. Stone Bridge capitalized, and Berry's 15 points helped them reach a 35-30 lead at the end of the half, one they never surrendered.

The trend continued in the second half, as Stone Bridge was uncontested on several easy buckets, helping the Bulldogs build the lead to 75-54 by the start of the fourth quarter. The Seahawks never threatened and both teams mostly played backups through the final period as Stone Bridge took a 75-54 win.


(Jan. 8, 2010) - Richie Berry scored 21 points as the Stone Bridge High School boys basketball improved to 2-1 in the AAA Liberty District and 6-4 overall with a 75-54 win over South Lakes Thursday.


Stone Bridge Sweeps Madison In B-Ball


Stone Bridge scored a sweep Saturday, as both the boys and girls basketball teams claimed wins over Madison. The boys scored a 62-44 decision, improving their record to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in the district. Nik Brown and Richie Berry led the way offensively with 24 and 20 respectively,


Stone Bridge used a suffocating defense to defeat Madison easily Saturday and move three games above .500 on the season at 7-4 and into a tie for second place in the Liberty District at 3-1.

Nik Brown and Richie Berry, SB's super quick guard tandem slashed their way for a combined 44 points and Kyle Gouveia provided a spark off the bench as the Bulldogs broke open a tie game (14-14) to take an 11-point halftime lead (35-24).


The Loudoun Report: boys basketball


Bulldogs off to a hot start

For all the dominance the Stone Bridge football program has enjoyed in the Liberty District, the same cannot be said for its boys' basketball counterpart. Since the Bulldogs made the move from the AA Dulles to the AAA Liberty, wins have been hard to come by and fast starts unheard of.

Don't look now, but Sonny Green's current crop is attempting to shake their reputation as non-factors in the league. After compiling a 15-41 mark in district play since joining in the 2005-06 season, the Bulldogs currently sit at 7-4 overall and are tied for second in the district with a 3-1 mark.

Coming into a week that saw his team face three district foes in a six-day span, Green knew the importance of maintaining momentum from a stronger-than-usual start to the season. After a disappointing defeat at Langley, the Bulldogs rebounded nicely with 20-point routs of South Lakes and Madison to keep pace behind the Saxons at the top of the district standings.

A pair of second-year transfers has led the way offensively as senior Richie Berry (17.9) and junior Nik Brown (20.4) are both averaging better than 17 points per game. Brown had 24 against Madison -- his sixth 20-point performance of the season -- and Berry was the high-scorer with 21 against South Lakes. He also added 20 against the Warhawks.


Stone Bridge 89, Fairfax 83 (OT)

Richie Berry adds 20 as Bulldogs climb four games over .500

Stone Bridge 70, McLean 60

The Bulldogs are off to the best start in school history with a 9-4 overall record and a 5-1 Liberty District mark. Richie Berry scored a game-high 24 points.



From Staff Reports

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Stone Bridge boys roll

Richie Berry scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the first half as Stone Bridge continued its best start in program history with a 70-60 win at McLean.

After falling behind early, the Bulldogs (9-4, 5-1 AAA Liberty District) used a three-quarter court trapping defense to force 20 McLean turnovers, many of which led to transition baskets.

Led by Berry, the Bulldogs -- who have never finished above .500 in the district -- are one game behind first-place Langley in the Liberty District.


Past is past for Stone Bridge

By Matt Brooks
Sunday, January 17, 2010

The AAA Liberty District has not been kind to the Stone Bridge boys' basketball team. Although the Bulldogs' football team has dominated the league it joined in 2005, its hardwood counterpart has experienced four years of frustration.  But in a key district game at McLean on Friday night, the 2009-10 Bulldogs continued to distance themselves from their past mediocrity. With a sound defensive effort and an offensive exhibition from one of its top scorers, Stone Bridge continued its best start in program history with a 70-60 victory.


After falling behind in the opening minutes, the Bulldogs began to pick apart McLean's full-court pressure while ratcheting up their defense. An effective three-quarter court trap flustered the Highlanders' ballhandlers, leading to a slew of turnovers and easy baskets in transition. Stone Bridge forced 20 turnovers on the night, many coming in a pivotal second quarter in which the Bulldogs stretched a four-point lead into a 36-25 halftime advantage.

Senior guard Richie Berry capitalized on several McLean turnovers, racing out on fast breaks for easy layups and pulling up for midrange jumpers. He scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the first half as the Bulldogs (9-4, 5-1 Liberty) built a lead they didn't relinquish.

"I was feeling it in the first half and just kept telling my teammates to feed me the ball," Berry said. "But we were really able to rattle them with our defensive pressure. That shook them up, and they couldn't handle the ball."

The Highlanders (6-8, 2-4) trailed by double digits for much of the second half before pulling to within six on senior Sean Fitzgerald's three-pointer with a little more than a minute remaining. But the Bulldogs' defense got the stops it needed on the ensuing possessions to seal the victory and extend their best start ever in the league.

"Everybody knows about Nik and Richie, but this year everyone has been a major contributor," said Green, whose team is one game out of first place in the district. "I think the team chemistry is something we haven't had in recent years, and that's paying off in games. We had a lot of new pieces last year, but now they're coming together, and you see that on the defensive end and with unselfish play on offense."


The Loudoun Report: boys basketball

Loudoun's top scorers
Five of the area's top 20 scorers (with at least 10 games counted) hail from Loudoun County. Here's a look at the top ten point producers from Loudoun's 10 schools.

1. Kevin McGaughey, Broad Run - 22.4
Nik Brown, Stone Bridge - 21.8
3. Lukas Mihailovich, Potomac Falls - 21.3
Myles Tate, Briar Woods - 20.5
5. Ryan McCarter, Park View - 20.1
Richie Berry, Stone Bridge - 18.7
Elijah Calhoun, Heritage - 13.8
8. Jordan Owens, Park View - 13.4
Ahmad Zafar, Broad Run - 13.2
Deandre Reaves, Dominion - 11.9


Numbers Game


Points scored by Richie Berry and Hannah Beth Whitaker in leading Stone Bridge's boys' and girls' basketball teams to victories over McLean Jan. 14. The Bulldog varsity hoops teams are 19-7 combined through Friday's wins, including a combined 9-3 mark in Liberty District games.


AAA Liberty

It was only a matter of time before Stone Bridge's pair of talented transfers of a year ago meshed with the rest of the roster to form a district contender, but few expected this much progress from Coach Sonny Green's squad in 2009-10. Led by senior guard Richie Berry (19 ppg) and the county's top scorer, junior guard Nik Brown (22), both of whom transferred from private schools prior to last season, the Bulldogs (11-5, 7-2) are enjoying their best season to date and find themselves just two games behind Langley in the Liberty standings.

In their first meeting back on Jan. 4, the Saxons -- who have not lost in 2010 -- took it to Stone Bridge, rolling to a 72-46 win. Stone Bridge trailed by just three at the half but was outscored 29-4 in the decisive third quarter. For them to have a shot at their first ever district crown, they'll need to turn the tables on the Saxons Friday night.

Game of the week: Langley at Stone Bridge, 7:30
The Bulldogs get another shot at the first place Saxons, this time in Ashburn.


Area'sTop 50 Points Per Game Leaders

Rank Name School Stat
36 Richie Berry Stone Bridge 19
37 Royce Hunsberger La Plata 19
38 Skylar Jones Mount Vernon 19

Stone Bridge 69, TJ 59

The Skinny: TJ came in on a 2-game winning streak in district but Brown (28 points) and Richie Berry (23 points) combined for 51 of the 69 Bulldog points.


Stone Bridge 70, Madison 43

The Skinny: Stone Bridge's four seniors -- Sam Tripp, James Wells, Philip Nowakowski and Richie Berry -- scored 18 of the Bulldogs 19 points in the third quarter as SB pulled away for the win.


Boys Basketball
Langley at Stone Bridge, 7:30

The Skinny: Bulldogs must find a way to slow down the Saxons inside advantage. Brown and Berry will need to combine for 50+.

AAA Liberty District Boys

Bulldogs snap Saxons' eight-game winning streak

By B.J. Koubaroulis
Saturday, January 30, 2010


Stone Bridge senior Richie Berry drove into the lane from an awkward angle and tossed up a high-arcing shot over the outstretched hands of Langley's 6 foot 6, 215-pound senior center Austin Kriz.

As Berry's floater swished through the net, he bounced up and down and clenched his fists as the crowd collectively roared in approval at his improbable basket.

It was one of those shots that proved Berry, a 6-foot guard, could get whatever he wanted throughout his 19-point effort in a key 64-62 home victory over Virginia AAA Liberty District leader Langley on Friday night.

"He's the best kept secret in Northern Virginia," said teammate Nik Brown, a 6 foot 3 junior who scored 22 points to reach his district-leading season average.

Berry, who is averaging 19 points per game, carries a lower profile than Brown, but on Friday he showed off an array of skills. He drained mid-range pull-ups, slashed, dropped in floaters, drilled a three-pointer and was 4 of 7 from the free throw line to help Stone Bridge end Langley's winning streak at eight.

The Bulldogs (12-5, 8-2) have won seven of their last eight games and are off to the best start in school history.

"I've never been on a team or a part of a team like this, where you can have two guys get 20 on the same night," Stone Bridge Coach Sonny Green said.

The Saxons (15-3, 9-1) relied on the inside presence of Kriz, who often drew two and three defenders, leaving the perimeter open for Colin Jones, a 6-3 senior who drained three deep shots from behind the arc during a 14-point second quarter explosion. That shooting display led the Saxons back from a six-point deficit and gave them a 33-31 lead at halftime. Jones finished with a team-high 23 points.

But Berry's 11-point second half and Brown's 7-for-8 performance from the line in the fourth quarter helped Stone Bridge fend off Langley's feisty fourth-quarter push.

With 45 seconds left in the game, Berry hit one of two free throws to put the Bulldogs up by four points, but Jones nailed a three-pointer to cut Stone Bridge's lead to 61-60. Brown connected on two free throws to push the edge back to three, but Kriz got a putback to cut the lead to 63-62 with 16 seconds left.


 Basketball: Local Players Selected for 5th Annual Roundball Classic

The fifth annual Roundball Classic High School Basketball All-Star event has been officially set for Saturday, March 20 at Hagerstown Community College. Loudoun will be represented with nine players as well as Freedom coach Jason Eldredge.

On the boys side, Richie Berry of Stone Bridge, K.C. Whitaker of Flint Hill who started out at Stone Bridge, Kevin McGaughey of Broad Run and J.R. Shooks and Jordan Owens of Park View are all playing.



Coach Sit-Down: Sonny Green

Matt Vecchio
Thursday, 25 February 2010


2010 Loudoun County boys' basketball All-Extra

First Team

G Richie Berry, Stone Bridge, Sr.

G Nik Brown, Stone Bridge, Jr.

G/F Kevin McGaughey, Broad Run, Sr.

G Ryan McCarter, Park View, So.

G Myles Tate, Briar Woods, So


Basketball: Stone Bridge's Berry Slated for Northern Region All-Star Game


(Apr. 21, 2010) - Stone Bridge High School senior Richie Berry will play in the 2010 Northern Region All-Star basketball game April 24 at Wakefield High School at 7:30 p.m.

Players from the Liberty and Patriot districts will face players from the National and Concorde districts along with a 3-point and slam dunk contests.

Liberty: Richie Berry, Austin Kriz, Colin Jones, Stanley Watts, Will Simonton, Ramin Shaheedian