Fluco Sports

SigningThe words “signing day” are music to the ears of many athletes, especially one of Fluvanna’s seniors.

Baseball player and Fluvanna County High School senior Shaun Holyfield signed with George Washington University Nov. 8 at the high school.

Holyfield had been offered spots at other schools, but ultimately decided that George Washington University was the best choice for him academically and athletically, he said.

Baseball was Holyfield’s first sport, and he’s been in love with it since he was four years old. In addition to his time playing for Fluvanna, Holyfield has also played travel baseball for the Mid-Atlantic Orioles.

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With important play-off positioning on the line, the Flying Fluco volleyball team traveled to long-time rival Western Albemarle last Tuesday (Oct. 31). The Flucos won the match in five grueling games.

The Warriors opened strong before their home crowd, topping the Flucos 25-21 in the first game. The Flucos quickly bounced back, capturing the second game by an impressive 25-13 score. Even though they lost game two by a wide margin, Western Albemarle did not fold. They took the third game by the same score as the first. Of course, this result put the Flucos back in serious jeopardy.

The Flucos dug in and won game four by a 25-20 score to force a fifth and deciding game. In a close battle, the Flucos prevailed 15-13 to win the match. Coach Christi Harlowe-Garrett described the match as a “crazy night and a great match.” Christina Walker led the way at the net for the Flucos recording an impressive 16 kill shots and five blocks. Abby Sherman was also a major contributor up front with 10 kill shots. Candice Shaheen was the defensive standout with 32 digs. Harlowe-Garrett noted that Shaheen recorded the school record for digs in a game earlier in the season.

This match determined the seeding for the Region 3C play-offs. The Flucos’ win over Western Albemarle means that they became the number five seed, while Western Albemarle fell to the number eight seed. The play-offs began Nov. 2. The Flucos had to travel all the way to number three seed, Liberty-Bedford High, which is located off Route 81 south of Lexington. Liberty had a 12-9 regular season record. However, the Warriors had to travel to the slightly closer number one seed, Fort Defiance High, which finished the regular season at 21-1.

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Cross countryThe Jefferson District held its year-end District meet Wednesday (Oct. 25) at Pleasant Grove, the Flying Flucos’ home course. In an incredibly close finish, the Fluco girls came out as the District champions, besting perennial powerhouse Western Albemarle High by a single point at 48-47. The result emphasizes how important it is in a team running event for all runners to perform to the best of their ability.

The finishing positions of each of the team’s top five runners are added to determine a team’s score.  For the Flucos Emily Smeds finished second, Saige Haney was fifth, Emily Beckman came in 11th, Hattie Lintecum was 12th and Kristen Cabrera was 17th. If any one of these athletes had been beaten by a Western Albemarle runner who finished behind her, the Flucos would not have claimed the title. In fact, Lintecum was one and a half second faster than a runner from Western Albemarle. If their 12th and 13th positions had been reversed the Flucos would have finished second.

By finishing in the top 15, Smeds, Haney, Beckman and Lintecom all made All-District. On the boys’ side, Jack Rice finished 11th and gained All-District honors.

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Fluco Cheer PyramidThe Fluvanna County gym was packed with spectators Thursday (Oct. 26) when the Fluco competition cheer squad hosted the 2017 Region 3C Cheer Competition.
Every team had an enthusiastic following, even though some of the competing schools are not nearby. Teams came to Fluvanna from the Fluco home district, the Jefferson District, and from the Valley District and the Seminole District of the Lynchburg area.

Seven squads competed, including the Broadway High Gobblers, the Brookville High Bees, the Fort Defiance Indians, the Monticello High Mustangs, the Rustburg High Devils and the Spotswood High Trailblazers. The Flucos qualified for the Region 3C competition by finishing a strong third in the Jefferson District competition which was held Oct. 18 at Powhatan High School.

All seven squads competed in the initial round, performing their individualized routines with typical high energy. There is no set number of competitors. The squads varied in number from 10 to 17. Most of the competing athletes were female, but one squad had two males competing and another had one.

The competition format called for four of the seven teams to move on to a second round of performances that would determine the Region champion. The judges evaluated each squad and rated its performance on five components. Fluco Coach Julia Hogue explained that squads are rated on pyramid, dance, tumbling cheer and stunt. Add a comment

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The Fluvanna Fluco football team played well in the first half of its Homecoming game against a strong team from a much bigger school Friday (Oct. 20). The score was tied 0-0 after the first quarter, and although the Albemarle High School Patriots took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter, the teams still appeared to be evenly matched throughout the first half.

The biggest offensive play in the first half was a 63-yard run from scrimmage by Fluco senior halfback Trevor O’Dell. Starting on his own 19-yard line, he ran off-tackle, broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and another tackle in the defensive backfield, and was not brought down until he reached the Albemarle 18-yard line.

After that run, the Flucos made a first down for first and goal, but the Patriots defense stiffened and their goal line stand was successful, forcing a turnover on downs.

The Patriot offense started a drive that carried into the second quarter. However, Fluco sophomore defensive back Prophett Harris made an interception on a rare long pass by the Patriots and the Flucos took over at their own 29. Three consecutive five-yard penalties on the Flucos put them in a deep hole, forcing them to punt. The Patriots then drove for the only score in the first half. A key play took place when the Patriot quarterback fumbled the snap, but scooped it up and ran for eight yards. Albemarle ultimately scored on a two-yard run and converted the PAT for a 7-0 lead.

The Patriots received the second half kick-off and made a return to their own 42. Despite a fine defensive play by Fluco sophomore Walter Stribling on a run up the middle, the Patriots marched 68 yards, entirely on the ground, for their second touchdown. The PAT was good and the Patriots led 14-0, with 7:29 remaining in the quarter.

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