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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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Dashon Carter 1 and Andrew Pace 14The Flying Flucos and the Little Giants from Waynesboro both started the game in aggressive man-to-man defense when the Flucos opened their 2016-17 season at home on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

During the first quarter the defenses dominated, with no scores in the first three and a half minutes. With less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Little Giants had a 6-5 lead. A late three-point shot gave Waynesboro a 9-5 lead at the end of the quarter.

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The Flying Fluco boys’ basketball team is under the tutelage of Jason Davis this season. Longtime Coach Munro Rateau has retired, and Davis, his assistant for many years, is now in charge. Rateau had a very successful run, but last year was a down year. Most of the starters last season were seniors, and the top underclassman on last year’s team has transferred out.

So Coach Davis will be fielding a team that is young and fairly inexperienced. The competition will be tough. The team opened its season at home on Nov. 29, hosting a highly regarded Waynesboro squad. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, they will host another powerhouse when they take on Western Albemarle.
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Fluvanna County High School Principal James Barlow. Bullies. Cliques. Mean girls. Cafeteria food. Sex. Peer pressure. Body issues. Diagnoses. Identity struggles. The high school experience can be the best years of a student’s life but for some it’s the worst.

Anyone who has ever felt alone or unsure of themselves could probably relate to Jimmy. He’s beginning his high school career in Fluvanna and, because he is overweight, is under the watchful eyes of classmates who can’t seem to find what’s good about him.

Two particular athletes are quite popular in the school and, though they are faced with their own pressures to perform well in the classroom as well as on the field, they sometimes point out Jimmy’s flaws, and also those of anyone else around them.

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Cross country standouts Haney, Rice and Rodriguez.Tuesday (Nov. 15) was Fall Banquet night at Fluvanna County High School. The athletes who participated in the fall sports season and their parents, grandparents and siblings joined in a buffet dinner in the high school cafeteria.

Scott Morris, high school athletic director, served as master of ceremonies, as usual. After everyone had been served dinner, Morris called the coaches forward to report on their respective teams’ season and to announce the honors received by the team standouts.

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