Fluco Sports

Football may be the fall sport that attracts the most attention, but it is not the only sport that athletes compete in very seriously from August until November. The Flying Flucos of Fluvanna County High School field teams in volleyball (girls only), cross county (boys and girls), golf (mostly boys, but girls have been on the team) and competition cheer (girls only).

The Fluco volleyball team under Coach Christi Harlowe-Garrett has a history of success. Several Fluco volleyball players have gone on to play at the college level.  Last season was a bit of an off year as the team came in at 12-12, but the team’s games are always fast-moving and enjoyable to watch.

High school volleyball is now played with a point scored on every serve and the serve changing sides whenever the serving team loses the point. Games are played to 25 points, win by two, and a match is played until one team wins three games. If the first four games are split, necessitating a fifth game, that final contest is played to 15 points, win by two.

The volleyball season opens Aug. 12 with a match against Rockbridge High School. The Flucos’ first home match is Aug. 17 against Waynesboro High. On Aug. 22 the Flucos travel to Broadway High. On Sept. 5 they start a strenuous run of competitions against the schools that make up what has always been known as the Jefferson District. In September they play Monticello High, Albemarle High, Louisa County High, Orange County High, Charlottesville High and Powhatan High in that order.

Cross country is also a sport in which the Flucos have had some continuing success. The girls’ team under Coach Rose Brogan usually boasts a host of runners. Brogan said that returning from the top seven last year are seniors Saige Haney and Niva Hoffman, junior Brianna Parker and sophomores Shae Jonkman, Hattie Lintecum and McKenzie Morris. Last year the team finished fourth in the Conference and sent two runners to the State meet.    Add a comment

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Shaun Cobb, Natalie Hughes, Nathan Carney, O'nae Harris and Conner DobbinsEven though the school year is over, Fluco athletes turned out in force on May 30 for the annual year-end banquet for spring sports teams. Darren McCauley assumed the master of ceremonies duties, as Scott Morris was attending a Fluco softball play-off game. The usual format was followed, as each coach was called to the microphone to supply a brief report on how the season went and to acknowledge the team’s top performers and honorees.

The most honors were garnered by the girls’ track and field squad under the tutelage of Coach Rose Brogan. Brogan announced that her squad finished second at the Region 3A West meet.

Top performances were turned in by a host of athletes. Matasha Martin had an outstanding meet. She was the Regional champion in the long jump with a school record-tying leap of 18 feet, 1.5 inches. She also gained All-Region recognition in the 100-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles. Add a comment

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The Fluco girls’ and boys’ track and field squads have been busy and successful in the past two weeks. On Thursday (May 18) they hosted the 3A Conference 29 track and field year-end event, and the girls’ squad emerged victorious, while the boys’ team finished a very respectable third. The previous Friday (May 12), the two teams hosted the annual Fluvanna Invitational track meet and both performed extremely well.

The girls’ team had a number of outstanding performances in the Conference event. Senior Matasha Martin was the Conference champion in three events. She won the 100-meter hurdles, the 100-meter dash and the long jump. Martin also won all three of these events at the Fluvanna Invitational, a meet that involved more and different schools than the Conference meet. At the conference meet, Martin won the 100-meter dash by a very impressive margin of almost two seconds.

Cyan Coates, a senior, was also a winner of more than one event. She was the Conference champion in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. Additionally, she finished in third place in the 100-meter dash. Coates finished third in the 400-meter at the Invitational. At the Conference meet, Coates was under one minute in the 400-meter dash.
Another Conference champion for the girls’ team was senior Renee Custer, who won the discus competition and finished fourth in the shot put. Custer’s winning discus toss was the best by an impressive distance of nearly eight feet. At the Invitational, Custer also won the discus throw and she took second in the shot put.

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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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LacrosseThe Flying Fluco girls’ lacrosse team got off to a strong start on Friday (April 28) against the Eagles from Liberty Bealton High, but it was the Eagles who came out on top 10-9.

Fluco Coach Heath Hughes noted after the game that the Eagles managed to wear the Flucos down as the game wore on. The Flucos had only three substitutes due to a rash of injuries, while the Eagles were able to substitute much more freely with a bench of eight.

The game opened with Fluco junior goaltender Morgan Maupin stopping a point blank shot by an Eagles attacker only 45 seconds into the game. Two minutes later the Flucos were on the board, as senior attacker Natalie Hughes scored on a hard shot off a penalty. After another good save by Maupin, Natalie Hughes scored again with 15:37 remaining in the first half. This score came on a tough shot from in front of the goal with Hughes surrounded by defenders. A minute later Liberty bounced back with its first goal.

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