Fluco Sports

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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The Fluco girls’ cross country team made a very strong showing on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Albemarle Invitational. A total of 29 teams ran in the girls’ varsity event. The Flucos finished in fourth place. The Flucos were led by freshman Emily Smeds who finished in fourth place overall. She completed the course in a very impressive time of 19:09.

Also turning in excellent times for the Fluco girls were Saige Haney, Emily Beckman and Hattie Lintecum, who all finished in under 21 minutes. The other varsity runners for the Flucos were Kristen Cabrera, Brianna Parker and Anja Vernatter. This was the last regularly scheduled event of the Fluco season. The District meet is scheduled for Oct. 25, while the Regional meet will be held Nov. 1.

Girls’ Coach Rose Brogan said that in their Oct. 6 meet at Pocahantas State Park, the girls’ team finished in second place and that Smeds set a school record in the 5K, running the cross country distance of approximately three miles in under 19 minutes.

The future looks especially promising for the Fluco girls, based on the performance of the JV team and the middle school team at the Albemarle Invitational. The JV team was sixth out of 17 teams at the Invitational. Maryann

Chittenden led the way for the JV team with a 19th place finish. The middle school team finished first, with five runners in the top 15. Ellie Kennedy finished second for the middle schoolers.

Coach Tom Casto said that the Fluco boys’ varsity squad did not compete at the Albemarle Invitational. However, the Fluvanna middle school boys’ team turned in a stellar performance, taking second place. The team had five runners finish in the top 25. James White led the way, finishing second. Casto said that virtually every middle school runner had a season best time in the two-mile middle school event.

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Basketball TeamFor the second time in the last three years, the Fluvanna County girls’ middle school basketball team has completed its fall season with an undefeated 8-0 record. Coach Keith Brown said that although there is no formal league for the middle school teams, the girls match up with the usual Fluvanna opponents. This fall season the girls had their two closest games against the Louisa County middle schoolers, winning by five points and by two.

The sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls played a basic 2-3 zone on defense when they fell back, but Brown said that a full court 2-2-1 press was often utilized and it generated much of the team’s offense, creating turnovers that led to easy baskets.

Brown said that he had a 15-player squad this fall with Alana Carter-Johnston and Aniah Webb leading the team in scoring and 6-foot-tall Khamara Steppe as the top rebounder.

The Fluco varsity girls’ basketball Coach Chad White had a host of freshmen contributing on his team this past winter, so it looks like he may continue to have some top prospects in the pipeline.

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VolleyballIn a high school volleyball match, a team must win three games to prevail. Most matches end 3-0 or 3-1. It is unusual for teams to be so evenly matched that a fifth and deciding game is required. On Tuesday (Oct. 3) the Fluco volleyball team fought hard against a tough opponent to force a fifth game, but ultimately lost 3-2 to Albemarle.

The Patriots from Albemarle won games two and three relatively easily. However, the Flying Flucos did not fade away. In the first game of the match, the Patriots led 24-18 with the serve and seemingly had game one locked up. However, Albemarle lost the point on its serve making the score 24-19. Evynne Stafford took over serve for the Flucos and they ran off five points in a row to tie the score at 24-24. Christina Walker had two impressive kill shots at the net in this five-point run. Albemarle finally broke serve to go ahead 25-24.  Fluco Coach Christi Harlowe-Garrett called timeout.

After the timeout, another Walker kill shot tied the score. Walker took the serve and fired an ace to give the Flucos a one-point lead. Albemarle scored on Walker’s second serve and it was tied again. Albemarle’s serve was into the net and the Flucos were up by one again. Delaney Reed took over serve for Fluvanna and fired an ace for a 28-26 win. It was an impressive comeback win for the Flucos in game one.In game two, after 23 points, the Flucos trailed by only one at 11-12, but Albemarle followed with a four-point run and a five-point run. The Flucos trailed 14-21 when Albemarle ran off another four points in a row to win game two 25-14. Albemarle ended the game with an impressive 13-3 advantage in the final 16 points. Add a comment

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LogoThe Flying Fluco football team got off to a slow start in the first and third quarters Friday (Sept. 29) and as a result the Fighting Hornets from Orange County were able to put up a 47-21 victory.

The Flucos played a solid offensive game, led by junior running back Daori Green and senior quarterback Ethan Graves. Green scored two touchdowns. His first touchdown in the second quarter came on a 38-yard burst straight up the middle. He broke clear of the first line of defense and simply outran everyone for the touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Green took a hand-off from Graves on an off tackle play from the four-yard line and went into the end zone untouched.

Late in the game with the Flucos in come-from-behind mode, Graves opened up the passing game and moved the Flucos on two fourth-quarter touchdown drives. The first ended with Graves scoring on a keeper from the five-yard line. The second touchdown drive ended with Green’s four-yard run.
After the game, Fluco Coach Steve Szarmach noted that the Fluco offensive line did a good job opening holes for Green and running backs Trevor O’Dell and Drew Hamshar. Quarterbacks Colby Martin and Graves also gained some serious yards on running plays. Szarmach made note of offensive linemen Dahris Tinsley, Jamal Jones, Walter Stribling (only a sophomore), James Easter, Justin Lamb and Matthew Waller as the blockers who opened holes for the running backs.
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