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Karen Loftus

POSTED: 02:51 PM EDT May 14, 2013    UPDATED: 04:43 PM EDT Mar 21, 2014 
WDBJ7 Sports Anchor/Reporter Karen Loftus

Karen Loftus joined the WDBJ7 team as a the Weekend Sports Anchor/ Reporter in September of 2011.  Before coming to Roanoke, she worked at WHAG in Hagerstown, Maryland as their Sports Director.

She is a 2006 graduate of the University of Richmond, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Rhetoric and Communication Studies. While at Richmond, Karen was a reporter and assistant copy editor for the school newspaper, The Collegian, and also played club volleyball. She also interned with the sports department at WTVR in Richmond.

Originally from Mt. Airy, Maryland, Karen is excited about the move to Southwest Virginia and getting to cover all the great sports in the area. She grew-up going to Smith Mountain Lake with her family and is happy to be living nearby in the Star City. She has always had a passion for sports and stands by the Caps, Skins and O’s no matter what.  When she’s not reporting on sports, Karen spends a lot of her free time playing them. She enjoys playing volleyball, basketball, tennis, going to the gym and running. She also loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.

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  • UVA to start season against top ranked UCLA

    UVA to open season against top ranked UCLA

    The Virginia Cavaliers finished last season on a nine-game losing streak, and they will have to start 2014 against one of the best teams in the country in UCLA.

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  • Heritage looks to have another strong season

    Heritage Pioneers still hungry for a state championship

    The Heritage Pioneers have been one of the best teams in the area the past two seasons, making it to the state title game in 2012 and the state semis last year.

  • No time like the present for the Franklin County Eagles

    No time like the present for the Franklin County Eagles

    Franklin County's football team finished the past two seasons at 4 and 6, missing the playoffs both of those years. Now in their sixth season under Head Coach Chris Jones, there's no time like the present for the Eagles.

  • Watson, Day, Simpson to play in 2014 Greenbrier Classic

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    The players who have committed already include two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, 2012 U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson, and up-and-coming star Jason Day. This year’s Greenbrier Classic will take place June 30-July 6 in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

  • Runs may be at a premium for UVA, Liberty at Charlottesville regional

    UVA and Liberty baseball teams prepare for the NCAA Tournament

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    The NCAA baseball championships get underway this weekend across the nation, with the University of Virginia and Liberty University in the same regional.

  • Maryland edges Virginia 7-6 in ACC baseball tournament

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    LaMonte Wade hit two homers, and Jake Stinnett pitched eight innings as Maryland beat Virginia 7-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

  • Young Archer has big dreams

    Archery is one of the oldest sports in the world, yet it isn't one that many people are familiar with. But for one teenager from Moneta, it's been his life for as far back as he can remember.

  • Familiar faces return to Salem Red Sox

    The Salem Red Sox have the earliest start in the ball club's history as they begin their Carolina League title defense Thursday.

  • Raftery, Lundquist excited about calling UVA-Michigan State game

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    Bill Raftery and Verne Lundquist are two of the most well-known names in sports broadcasting, and on the big stage at Madison Square Garden, the two of them will be on the call for the UVA-Michigan State game Friday night.

  • Altavista tops Radford 49-44 for 1A title; Dan River claims 2A boys title

    Altavista beats Radford for state title

    Altavista topped Radford 49-44, Saturday to win the State Championship in 1A.

  • Mikey O'Brien Hosts Baseball Camp Benefiting Juvenile Diabetes

    For any sport, the work you put-in during the off-season makes all the difference. And many baseball players in the area put-in some work today at Hidden Valley High School for Mikey O'Brien's Baseball Camp supporting Juvenile Diabetes.

  • Josh Stanford's music on and off the field

    Joshua Stanford

    Virginia Tech wide receiver, Josh Stanford, wasn't always so enamored with football. Growing up in Canada, Stanford was more focused on pucks than pigskins.

     

  • UCLA, Virginia Tech put finishing touches on Sun Bowl game plans

    The coaches met with the media for the final time Monday morning, keeping things light and certainly not revealing any information on their games plans for Tuesday.

  • Altavista hopes to keep it on cruise control heading into state semifinal game vs. Haysi

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    Altavista has cruised through the post-season, as the Colonels find themselves back in the state semis, bidding for the school's first state crown since 2009. Saturday afternoon's 1A match-up between Altavista and Haysi is at 2 p.m.

  • Heritage takes on James Monroe team that has made two straight state championships

    Heritage barely escaped a 7-5 Hidden Valley team last week, with its starting quarterback suffering from the flu.

  • UVA Women Fall in PKs

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    The University of Virginia Women’s Soccer team lost to UCLA 2-1 in penalty kicks Friday night in the NCAA College Cup Semifinals. After a scoreless first half, with no shots on goal, UVA took the 1-0 lead when Makenzy Doniak beat Bruin’s keeper, Katelyn Rowland in the 72nd minute. UCLA tied things up in the 85th minute on a goal by Ally Courtnall, which sent the game into overtime.

  • UVA Men's Soccer Advances to College Cup Semifinal

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    The University of Virginia Men’s Soccer team defeated Connecticut 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Ryan Zinkhan scored the first goal of the game in the 11th minute to give Virginia the 1-0 lead. UConn tied it up before the half and then in the 62nd minute, Jordan Allen scored the game winner for UVA (13-5-5).  Virginia now advances to the College Cup Semifinals Friday, Dec. 13.

  • UVA Women Lose

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    The University of Virginia’s Women’s Basketball team dropped their 4th-straight game, falling to Michigan 73-53 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Cavaliers trailed by 16 at the half and couldn’t overcome the deficit in the second.  Sara Imovbioh lead Virginia (3-5) with 13 points.

  • Hokie Women Win

    The Virginia Tech Women bounced back from a loss to Richmond Wednesday with a 55-33 win over Presbyterian Saturday. The Hokies took a 20-point lead at the half and kept after it in the second.  Uju Ugoka led the way with 12 point and 12 rebounds, while Taijah Campbell added a double-double of her own with 10 points, 12 rebounds. Virginia Tech (6-1) outrebounded Presbyterian 56-23, as Head Coach…

  • Hidden Valley, Auburn Win Volleyball State Titles

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    Hidden Valley won its first ever state title in volleyball, defeating Warhill in the 3A Championship game 3-2. The Titans won the first  game 25-18 then the Lions won the second 25-23. Game 3 went to Hidden Valley in an extra-point thriller, 31-29, but then once again Warhill tied it up, taking game 4 25-23. The Titans won the 5th and final game 15-9.

  • SPOTLIGHT GAME OF THE WEEK: William Byrd at Heritage

    Heritage knocked William Byrd out of the playoffs in the second round last season on the way to a berth in the state championship game.  This week the Pioneers and Terriers met again at Lynchburg's City Stadium.  Heritage has been flying under the radar just a bit while Byrd has been one of the hottest teams around over the last half of the season.

  • WEEK 11 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Devin Carper

    After a rough start, getting injured in the first defensive series of the first game of the season, Devin Carper is finally healthy and playing the best football of his career.

  • Tech Women Beat Florida

    The Hokie ladies improved to 3-0 on the season with a 71-59 win over Florida. Freshman Vanessa Panousis led all scorers with 24 points, as Virginia Tech got its first ever win over the Gators in their third all-time meeting.

  • WEEK 9 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D.A. Christian, E.C. Glass

    Amherst County is in control of their own destiny to make the playoffs and took a big step in the right direction last week with their win over E.C. Glass. D.A. Christian had his best performance of his short football career in the Lancers' win, which has earned him Player of the Week honors. 

  • Georgia Tech holds-off UVA

    The University of Virginia dropped its 5th-straight game, losing to Georgia Tech 35-25. UVA only trailed by 4 at the half and got with-in 28-25 with 3:23 to play, but the Yellow Jackets scored with 1:55 to play to seal the win.

  • GAME OF THE WEEK: William Byrd at Northside

    Northside was in bounce back mode this week, fresh off a loss to Botetourt, the Vikings first of the season.

  • E.C. Glass at Heritage

    This week at City Stadium in Lynchburg EC Glass and Heritage staged their annual battle for the Jug Bowl.

  • Franklin Co. at Brookville

    Out off Timberlake Road Brookville welcomed Franklin County to Stinger Stadium.  The Bees were hoping to take a step closer to the playoffs against a disappointing Eagles team.

  • ACC Basketball Will Look Much Different This Season

    The ACC looks vastly different as a basketball conference than it ever has in its rich history, with the addition of three new teams, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse.


  • WEEK 5 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ryheem Dawson, Parry McCluer

    Ryheem Dawson

    Parry McCluer's Ryheem Dawson has helped the Fighting Blues jump-out to a 4-1 start coming into week 6, and had a career game last week against Roanoke Catholic. For his effort, Dawson has been named WDBJ7’s Player of the Week.

  • William Fleming vs. William Byrd

    The Blue Ridge District has been strong early in the season. William Byrd and William Fleming suffered their first losses of the season last week. On Friday night the two were in bounce back mode at Bob Patterson Stadium.

  • Richmond Holds-off Liberty

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    In a reunion with his former team, Richmond Head Coach Danny Rocco led his Spiders to a 30-21 win over Liberty University. Richmond (2-2) led by as many as 10 in the first half, but the Flames stuck around to get with-in 2 points in the 4th quarter. But with about 8 minutes to play, the Spiders delivered the final blow on a Ben Edwards touchdown run.

  • UVA shuts-out VMI

    The University of Virginia used 545 total yards of offense to defeat Virginia Military Institute 49-0. The Cavaliers jumped-out to a 21-0 lead by halftime, thanks to a pair of Kevin Parks touchdown runs and a receiving touchdown from Tim Smith.

  • Salem at Northside

     There were several big games across the region this, perhaps none bigger than the one at Northside against Salem

  • Richlands at Lord Botetourt

    Richlands made the long bus ride from Tazewell County to Daleville this week.  Greg Mance had built a perennial power with the Blue Tornado, but this year's edition entered the game with the Cavs, battling some injuries.  Botetourt head man Jamie Harless knew all about Richlands from his days as a player at Abingdon and as the defensive coordinator at Cave Spring two years ago when the Knights…

  • WEEK 3 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zac Hill, William Byrd

    Zac Hill, Vinton

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    Terriers senior quarterback, Zac Hill, did it all for Byrd and earned himself our Spotlight Player of the Week honors.

  • Virginia College Football Round-up

    • VMI drops to (1-2) on the season with a 37-24 loss to North Greenville. The Keydets trailed early, down by as many as 20 points in the third quarter. Eric Kordenbrock finished 27-47 for 369 yards and 2 TDs.
  • FFE SPOTLIGHT GAME OF THE WEEK: Brookville at Liberty

    The always-rugged Seminole District schedule got ramped up Friday night as Liberty tried to stay perfect by taking out the class of the Seminole the past two seasons, the Brookville Bees.

  • Salem takes 2-0 series lead

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    The Salem Red Sox are now just one win away from a Mills Cup Championship. In the second game of the best of 5 series, Salem starter, Mike Augliera, threw 6 2/3 scoreless to lead the Red Sox to the 4-0 win over the Potomac Nationals.

  • Red Sox Take Game One of Mills Cup Championship Series

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    The Salem Red Sox won game one of the Mills Cup Championship, defeating the Potomac Nationals 5-3. The game was scoreless through 4 innings behind solid starts from Salem’s Heri Quevedo and Potomac’s Matt Purke.  The Sox got to Purke in the 5th, putting-up 3 runs off the Nationals’ lefty. Salem added 2 more runs in the 7th to extend their lead to 5 runs. Potomac made a 2-out rally in the bottom…

  • Washington and Lee Wins Season Opener

    Washington and Lee edged-out Franklin and Marshall 14-13 to open the 2013 season. The Generals trailed 7-0 after the Diplomats’ opening drive, but tied things up at the half. W&L scored 14 unanswered to take a 14-7 lead into the 4th quarter, where Franklin & Marshall found the end zone with 30 seconds to play to get within one. The Diplomats went for the win, but a failed 2-point conversion put…

  • VMI defeats Glenville State

    The VMI football team rebounded from its season-opening loss to Richmond by defeating Glenville State 34-27. The Keydets scored on their opening drive and took a 21-7 lead into the break.  The Pioneers stuck around and had a chance to win it in the closing seconds, but VMI came-up with a goal line stand to preserve their lead, earning them their first win of the season.

  • WEEK 1 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dyon Rosser, Gretna

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    The Gretna Hawks got out to a 1-0  start to the season last week, thanks in large part to senior Dyon Rosser.

  • Jefferson Forest at Staunton River

    Jefferson Forest put up 55 points in its opener last week.  This week Ryan Crist and the Cavaliers took their high flying attack to Moneta to clash with Staunton River and the single wing.

  • Hidden Valley at William Byrd

    This week William Byrd tried to get to 2 and 0 at Bob Patterson Stadium, but Hidden Valley's defense didn't plan on rolling over.

  • Minor League Baseball Playoffs

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    Carolina League Divisional Playoffs:  The Salem Red Sox and the Potomac Nationals both advance to the Mills Cup Championship Series.

  • Bobby Martin talks expectations for William Fleming's 2013 football team

    William Fleming Football Preview

    Our next stop on our Countdown to Friday Football Extra is William Fleming High School, where the Colonels are being led by new head coach, Bobby Martin, who was previously the head coach at G.W. Danville.

  • Two-time defending state champ Brookville feels like an underdog

    The Brookville football team has gone 15 -0 the past two seasons, culminating in back-to-back AA state championships.

  • Hidden Valley looks to improve from last season

    Hidden Valley Football

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    Hidden Valley's Football team is coming-off a 6-5 year, which ended in the first round of the playoffs to Christiansburg.

  • Heritage Looks to Return to Title Game

    Heritage made it all the way to the state title game last season, where they fell to Briar Woods. But capping-off a (12-2) year with a loss on the biggest stage has only left them hungrier in 2013.

  • New coaches at Martinsville, William Fleming share special bond

    William Fleming coach Bobby Martin

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    Bobby and Orion Martin are both former Virginia Tech football players. They are also related.

  • Former Virginia Tech standout Martin hopes to turn around Martinsville program

    The Martinsville Bulldogs are coming off a 1-9 season, but things are changing for the Bulldogs, starting with a new head coach.

  • FFE GAME OF THE WEEK: Northside runs past Amherst

    This week the Amherst County Lancers invaded Jim Hickam Field at Northside where the Vikings hadn't forgotten the beating they took last year on the road to open the season.

  • Local Fighter, Big Stage

        Christian Leonard is preparing for his 7th professional Mixed Martial Arts fight on Saturday, on the biggest stage of his career in Atlantic City.
        For the Shawsville native, it's his next chance to continue climbing the MMA ladder.

  • Virginia Tech, UVA Open Football Camp

    Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia both opened-up their fall football camps Monday, with the Cavaliers taking the field in the afternoon and the Hokies getting things going at 7:00 p.m.

  • Virginia Tech and UVA prepare for 2013

    Jack Tyler and Logan Thomas on ACC Football Media Day

    College Football kicks-off in just over a month, and Sunday, players met with the media to discuss the coming season at the annual ACC Football Kick-off in Greensboro, North Carolina.

  • Mondy looking to repeat at VSGA

    The 100th VSGA Amateur got underway Tuesday at the Cascades Course at The Homestead. Blacksburg product Jake Mondy won last year's event and is looking to repeat.

  • Former VT infielder playing minor league ball in Vermont

    We are less than a month removed from Virginia Tech's baseball season, and we are already getting to see some Hokies at the next level.

  • Phil Mickelson commits to Greenbrier Classic

    Greenbrier owner Jim Justice announced Tuesday that Phil Mickelson will join the growing list of players to compete in next month's Greenbrier Classic.

  • NCAA Baseball Round-up: UVA wins Regional; Oklahoma beats Virginia Tech

    The University of Virginia advances to the Super Regionals with an 11-3 win over Elon. The Cavaliers trailed 2-0 after giving-up a 2-run homerun in the first inning, but came back with 6 runs in the third to take the lead for good.

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