Fluco Sports

altIt could hardly have been closer. On Tuesday (Aug. 29) the Fluco volleyball team edged the Barons from Bluestone High in Mecklenburg County by a final score of 3-1. The scores of each game were 25-22, 25-21, 19-25 and 28-26. In other words, over four games the Flucos scored 97 points and the Barons scored 94.

The Flucos had a number of top performers. Senior Abby Sherman was outstanding at the net with 11 kill shots. Joining her with an impressive performance up front was junior Christina Walker who had seven kills and five blocks. Katie Morris was the strongest server for the Flucos, recording five aces. Candice Shaheen, the libero for the Flucos, was in Coach Christi Harlowe-Garrett’s words “amazing” on defense.  In fact, Shaheen set a new school record for digs in a single match. Her 50 digs allowed setters Delaney Reed and Lindsey Ward to put the ball up high for Sherman and Walker. Harlowe-Garrett said she was very pleased with the play of these setters.

It immediately became clear that the two teams were evenly matched. As the game progressed, neither team could get much of an advantage. In fact, at no point in the game did either team lead by more than three points. Add a comment

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GolfersOn Wednesday (Aug. 9), the Flying Flucos golf team played host to the Jefferson District’s season-opening 18-hole tournament. Six-player teams arrived for an 11 a.m. start from Albemarle High, Monticello High, Louisa County High, Charlottesville, Orange County and Western Albemarle. Powhatan High did not participate. The tournament was played over the lush Lake Monticello course. The course has been kept in outstanding shape by Jim Prucnal and his Billy Casper golf crew, despite some very hot, dry weather.

The tournament was not played with a shotgun start, so all players teed off on hole number one and finished on the 18th. This made the tournament a long endeavor, with the final foursome coming home at around 6:30 p.m. Most of the teams were all boys, but two teams, including the Flucos, had two girls competing in their top six. Add a comment

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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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