Fluco Sports

Flucos on defenseThe Fluco boys’ basketball team was 2-4 and the Western Albemarle Warriors were 5-1 coming into the Dec.19 game on the Munro Rateau court at Fluvanna County High School. Solid favorites, the Warriors performed as expected, winning 60-27.

The game started badly for the Flucos. Two quick lay-ups by the Warriors after a couple of Fluco turn-overs caused Coach Jason Davis to call an early time-out. The Warriors followed the time-out with two more lay-ups and two free throws for a 10-0 lead.

The Flucos’ first score was a lay-up by sophomore center Walt Stribling to make the score 10-2. After a Western Albemarle basket, Stribling made a nice pass to senior forward A.J. Gregory for another lay-in and it was 12-4. Unfortunately, the Warriors followed Gregory’s basket with a nine-point run that included three lay-ins and a three-point shot, and the quarter ended 21-4.
In the second quarter, the Flucos found their stride and actually outscored the Warriors 9-8. Western made a thunderous dunk on a back door play to start the quarter, but Gregory then went on a run. He scored a medium range jump shot, a three-point jump shot, and converted both ends of a one and one for seven consecutive points. Seven points in a row by one player is an uncommon accomplishment at all levels of basketball. This closed the gap a little, as it made the score 23-11.

Two three-pointers by Western Albemarle boosted their lead back to 18 points. The quarter ended with a basket by Fluco forward Andrew Ward, who scored on a nice pass from Gregory. The Flucos trailed at the half 29-13, and the game did not get any closer. Add a comment

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Pole vaulterAlthough it was labeled as a “mini” invite, 11 schools participated in the indoor track and field meet held at Fork Union Military Academy’s (FUMA) indoor facility Dec. 13. The infield was a mob scene of athletes from all the schools lounging, stretching and preparing for their events.

Fluco athletes turned in some excellent performances and in the three meets the Flucos have participated in so far, a number of male and female athletes have already met standard times, distances and heights to qualify to participate in year-end District, Region and even State competitions.

The mini meet included 30 events: 15 for boys and 15 for girls. The Flucos had some good performances in the early events, but did not win until event number 20: the boys’ 1,600-meter run, or metric mile. Senior Jack Rice finished first in a time of 4:55.31, winning by approximately two seconds.

In the very next event, the girls’ 500-meter run, the Flucos gained their second first place, as senior Kristen Cabrera came in first with a time of 1:54.53, winning by just over four seconds. Then in event 23, the girls’ 1,000-meter run, another Fluco won. Freshman cross-country standout Emily Smeds was victorious with a time of 3:16.69, which was more than nine seconds better than the second place finisher. Nine seconds is an impressive margin in race of this length. Add a comment

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Scott MorrisScott Morris, Fluco athletic and activities director, traveled Dec .7 to Phoenix, Ariz., to accept an award from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) for excellence in his field.

The NIAAA recognizes outstanding individuals in athletic administration every year. Each of the 50 states proposes one outstanding administrator for this national honor. An NIAAA committee reviews the nominations and selects the top nominees to be honored.

Morris is one of the 11 recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Service Award. Obviously, he has received a very exclusive honor.

Morris, 50, has been at Fluvanna County High School (FCHS) for 19 years. He has a B.A. in criminal justice and an M.A. in administration and supervision. He has served as the activities and athletic director for the last 14 years. He came to Fluvanna from Madison County High School.

Initially, Morris taught history and government at FCHS, and coached softball. In those early years, he also served as an assistant coach for boys’ basketball and football. After five years, he took the full-time job of activities and athletic director.

During his tenure at FCHS, Morris has presided over a major expansion of the athletic and activities programs at the school. The school has added boys’ and girls’ varsity and JV lacrosse, varsity and JV girls’ soccer, wrestling, and has reinstituted the swimming program. Add a comment

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Free throwThe Flying Flucos girls’ basketball team hosted the Little Giants from Waynesboro in their home opener Tuesday (Nov. 28). Though the girls played hard, they fell in the final minutes 54-59.

The Flucos jumped to an early lead and held it until the middle of the fourth quarter. They led by nine points at 51-42, with approximately four minutes left in the game. Unfortunately, the Flucos had free throw troubles and the Little Giants came on strong, outscoring the Flucos 17-3 in final four minutes.

Every basketball coach laments missed free throws and Fluco Coach Chad White had a lot to lament in this regard after the game. It was just one of those nights for a team that will surely do better from the line as the year progresses. It is hard to win a tightly contested game when the team goes 11-27 from the foul line for the game and 4-11 in the final period. Obviously, better free shooting could have changed the result of the Flucos opener.

The game started well for the Flucos. Senior post player Jemika Johnson opened the scoring by making two free throws. Sophomore forward Mya Wright followed with a three-point shot from the wing for a 5-0 lead. Sophomore Kyia Scott scored on a fast break and the Flucos were off to a 7-0 lead. After a time-out Waynesboro got its footing and started to get back in the game. The quarter ended with the Flucos up 12-9. Freshman guard Destini Monroe contributed a three-point basket for the Flucos.

Waynesboro outscored the Flucos 12-10 in the second quarter to cut the lead at halftime to a single point. The Flucos were led in the second quarter by sophomore guard Nevaeh Ivory who put in six of the Flucos’ 10 points.
In the third quarter, both teams opened up a bit on offense, and after scoring a total of 21 and 22 in the first two quarters, the teams combined for 31 points in the third. The Flucos scored 16 on eight two-point scores. However, they were 0-4 from the line. Ivory again led the Flucos with six points in the quarter. Johnson had four.
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AthletesAt the end of each sports season, Fluvanna County High School holds an awards banquet for the athletes who have participated in the school’s various athletic activities in that season. The fall banquet for 2017 was held Monday, Nov. 20 in the high school cafeteria. With athletes, coaches, parents, grandparents and siblings in attendance, the cafeteria was quite full.

Scott Morris, high school activities director, was the master of ceremonies as usual. After everyone had been through the food lines, Morris began the ritual of calling on each of the coaches to come to the microphone and give a brief summary of their team’s season and to acknowledge the athletes who achieved District, Region and sometimes State honors.

First to the microphone was volleyball Coach Christi Harlowe-Garrett, who said that her team had a great season. She reported that All-District honors were won by Katie Morris, honorable mention, and by Christi Walker, second team. First team selections were Abby Sherman and Candice Shaheen. At the Regional level, Walker was an honorable mention selection, while Sherman made the second team.

Shaheen was named to the Regional first team as the top libero in the Region. The libero is a defensive player who is expected to “dig” out the other team’s intended kill shots and thus keep the ball in play. Shaheen was tremendous at this task. This season she set the Fluvanna school record for most digs in a match, most digs in a season, and most digs in a career.

Golf Coach Bryan Searcy was next up and he noted that his squad had a nice season, recording consistently improving scores. The highlight of the golf team’s season was a victory over Charlottesville. Searcy noted that all his players will return next season.  Add a comment

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