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Fluco wrestlingIn a rare home wrestling match on Jan. 12, the young Fluvanna County High wrestling team fell to Albemarle 18-54 but bounced back to top Louisa County 48-27 and Monticello High 42-33.

Fluco Coach Michael Gore noted after the match that although his squad is very young, he is pleased that they are working hard and developing rapidly. The team has only one senior, Ian Dillon, and he is a very tough competitor. In this meet, Dillon took the mat three times for the Flucos at 160 pounds. In all three of his matches, he won by a pin. He showed extraordinary quickness – his movements were comparable in speed to a wrestler 30 pounds lighter. Dillon was able to quickly achieve take-downs for two points against all his opponents. Once he had his opponent down, if he was not satisfied that he had the opponent in an unfavorable enough position, he let the opponent escape for one point, and simply took him down again. Ultimately, this strategy worked, as he pinned all three opponents without ever being in any visible danger.

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The 2017 sports year began early for Fluco athletes when the boys’ and girls’ swim and dive team traveled to Woodberry Forest on Jan. 2 and to the University of Virginia Aquatic and Fitness Center on Jan. 3 to participate in the annual Ben Hair event.

This is the largest high school swim meet of the season in Central Virginia. Eleven teams competed in the boys’ competition and 10 teams competed on the girls’ side.  This event was named for a 2006 graduate of Albemarle High who was a top student and swimmer.

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Fifth grade students in the language arts class of Melody Morgan and Theresa Osani reflected on the ups and downs of 2016 and their hopes and goals for 2017.

Emma Johnston-Jure
2016 was a great year though we had our ups and downs over all it was a great and fun year! The year went by fast and I had a blast with my friends and horses. The summer of 2016 was a great and rough time for me. The great time for me was that I had worked up the courage to ride a horse now I can do show! Now the rough time was when I was with my grandma and we were driving into Falcuire when a bad storm had came now all was good but then well…all I can remember now is that we got into a accident but everyone is alright! 2016 was great and fun I turned 10 that year.

I can’t wait for 2017 cause that’s when I turn 11! 2017 will be the best year. I will make it the best year! My goal for next year is that I do my very first show on my horse and that nothing will go wrong with a car!

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In February, Fluvanna County High School held its annual winter banquet to honor its top athletes in winter sports. A number of coaches had a variety of honors to announce, but leading the way in recognition was indoor track and field athlete Matasha Martin. Coach Rose Brogan reported that Martin was all-conference in four events and all-region in five events. She was named the Region 3A female track athlete of the year and Region 3A female runner of the year.  Leading the boys in indoor track and field was Keegan Campanelli who was conference champion in pole vault and all-region in the event.

Another award winner, Kate Stutz, was first team all-conference in basketball and Jefferson District player of the year. The boys’ basketball team had a down year, but the really big news was that long-time and highly successful boys’ basketball Coach Munro Rateau announced he was stepping down. The basketball court at the high school has now been named in his honor. Add a comment

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Flucos to inbound.  Fluco girls’ basketball Coach Chad White often repeats the axiom that “everything is built off our defense.” His team plays tight and aggressive man-to-man defense most of the time. That was certainly the case on Friday (Dec. 16) when the Flying Flucos hosted the Hornets from Orange County. The Hornets also played tough defense and the officials called the game extremely closely.

As a result, both teams piled up fouls and free throws. The Hornets went to the line on 13 successive possessions in the second half and took 40 free throws in the game. The Flucos’ leading scorer was senior point guard Chaniya Brown. She had 22 points, with 16 from the line.

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