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Emery Davis (4) fights for ballThe Flying Fluco boys’ soccer coach Earl Gibson had a senior-laden team in 2016. A number of talented starters have moved on, so Gibson is fielding a young and somewhat inexperienced team this season. Unfortunately, the Flucos’ first game was against a Spotsylvania High Knights team that Gibson described as “strong and experienced.” The Flucos were shut out, losing 0-5.

In the opening game of the season, on March 17, the Flucos played competitively in the first half. Spotsylvania went up 1-0 after nine minutes of play as a rebound was fired into an empty net after Fluco freshman goalie Bryce Cognetti deflected a hard shot. The play for the rest of the half was mostly even. The play moved up and down the field, as both teams had some offensive chances but were unable to score.

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Swim and dive standouts Michael DiFazio, Fefe Nardone and Lydia Reynard.The Fluco winter season athletes gathered in the Fluvanna County High School cafeteria on Wednesday (Feb. 22) for their winter sports banquet.

At the conclusion of each sports season it is traditional at most high schools to hold a ceremony celebrating the completion of the season and recognizing the outstanding achievements of the participating athletes.

After all the student athletes, parents,  grandparents and siblings completed their meals, Scott Morris, athletic and activities director, called the various coaches forward to report on their seasons’ results.

Girls’ basketball coach Chad White was first up. He said that freshman guard Navaeh Ivory was named to the All-Conference first team – the only freshman so honored. In addition, senior Chaniya Brown and junior Jemika Johnson were named All-Conference honorable mentions. The girls’ team went to the Conference semi-finals.

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altFluvanna public schools volunteers effect change in some surprising ways.

It is a given they help students and teachers. But do they affect the budget?

Lissa Gooch is a retired Fluvanna teacher and the volunteer coordinator for the schools.

“We have 124 volunteers working in our schools (that’s a total of all four schools) who come in on a regular basis,” Gooch said.

During the six months from August to January, volunteers worked 2,450 hours, Gooch said.

The most recent calculation for what an hour of volunteer time is worth is $23.56, according to the Independent Sector. Multiplying that number by the 2,450 hours worked in the first half of this school year shows volunteers added $57,722 worth of value to the Fluvanna public schools.
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Fluco girls basketballThe Conference 29 year-end tournament started Monday, Feb. 13. The fourth-seeded Flying Flucos girls’ team hosted the fifth-seeded Indians from Fort Defiance High.In an extremely tight defensive struggle, a number of Fluco freshmen came up big in the final minutes.

With 2:44 remaining, Fort Defiance hit one of two from the foul line to take a lead of 35-34. The Flucos have a very young team with freshmen in a number of key positions.  With no postseason experience under their belts, this young a team might be expected fold in this situation. However, Coach Chad White’s squad stepped up and won the final minutes 6-1 for its four-point win. Add a comment

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Only one person showed up at the Fluvanna School Board meeting Wednesday (Feb. 1) to weigh in on the superintendent search.

The Board held a meeting at 5:30 p.m. to talk about the fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget proposal and dedicated time at 7 p.m. to hear from the community about what it wants in a new superintendent.

Gena Keller, who was Fluvanna’s superintendent for seven years, began working in January for the Virginia Department of Education.

Then-assistant superintendent Chuck Winkler stepped up to fill the job in the interim. Winkler made it clear he wants the job permanently.

The Board has until July 1 to decide and said it wants input from the public.

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