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Fluco tennis coaches Feda Morton and Jason Barnett both felt that their squads performed well during the recently completed spring season.

The girls’ team under Morton had an 8-6 record, while the boys’ team under Barnett came in at 6-8. Morton said that many of the girls’ teams’ matches ended in a 4-5 score. As a result, she noted that the team could have won three of the matches it lost and could have come in at 11-3.

The girls’ team ended its regular season on May 9 when it fell in the Conference play-offs to Turner Ashby High. However, Adora Gamage moved on to Regional play in singles and she and Emily Baker will also be competing at the Regionals in doubles. Morton also said that Yolaine Scolan was also a high point scorer for the girls, playing at number six in singles and teaming with Ema Graham at number three doubles to score five wins.
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Charcoal drawing by Connor ReillyAt the annual Fluvanna County High School art show (May 6), a variety of art students emerged in different categories featuring some traditional mediums and more contemporary art forms. In past shows, judges from the Fluvanna Art Association saw more paintings, often picking a painting as Best in Show; but in the last few years, pencil and charcoal have been the winning mediums, showing the students’ solid grasp of anatomy and understanding of the medium itself.

Out of the over 100 students that participated this year, Reanna DeVarennes won for her pencil drawing of a child hugging an elderly veteran with the American flag as a backdrop. Not yet a senior, DeVarennes has been a rising star. She is not timid in her pencil work as some are, with washed out tones, but her use of strong contrast and flawless execution of detail is what made her piece stand out from the rest. She also won first in her category of pencil drawing.

It was a tough choice for the judges who also praised Connor Reilly’s charcoal/Conte crayon work which was striking in its sharp contrasts and dramatic appeal. Both captured their subjects’ emotions, highlighting their awareness and feeling. Add a comment

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Lisa Black receives awardDebbie Johnson-Craig rode with her husband Harold as he drove down Bybees Church Road toward Route 15. They were taking a friend into Charlottesville. It was Oct. 3, 2014. The sun had just set and it was raining.

When he reached the intersection at Route 15, Harold stopped at the stop sign. He planned on turning right, but he hesitated.

Debbie looked to her right. Up ahead she saw a Nissan Altima driving south on Route 15 toward them. In an instant, a van going north passed in front of them, crossed the center line and smashed head-on into the Nissan with such force it shoved it back up the highway. The car spun around and came to rest upon the grassy hill off the road.

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Lauren KirbyA birthday party was the beginning of an equestrian career.

Fluvanna High School junior Lauren Kirby wanted to have her 10th birthday party at Susan White’s horse farm on Central Plains Road. After that day, she was hooked.

“She literally started riding and never stopped,” White said. “That’s how she’s so good.”

Good enough to best more than 13,500 youth equestrians to place third in the nation at a recent competition. Add a comment

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Golf courseThe prestigious Faulconer Invitational Golf Tournament, which attracts the top amateur golfers in Central Virginia, will be held this weekend (May 13-14) at the Lake Monticello Golf Course.

Lake Monticello Golf Pro Mark Marshall said that tournament has a waiting list this year. There are 93 golfers signed up to play. This tournament sends players out in groups of three in order to increase the pace of play, so there will be 31 threesomes teeing off each day.

The tournament has three divisions. The regular men’s division has a field of 36 golfers. The seniors’ division has a field of 30, and the super-seniors’ division has a field of 27.

The regular men’s division is what the Faulconer tournament is all about. This tournament is part of the competition for the Battle Trophy. The Battle Trophy is awarded each year by the Daily Progress to the amateur golfer who has the best combined record in a series of top level tournaments played in and around Charlottesville each season. The Faulconer tournament is also an element of the Virginia State Golf Association’s (VSGA) rankings. Marshall said he believes this is a contributing factor in a number of young golfers from the Richmond area participating in the men’s division this year. Add a comment

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