Fluco Sports

Kyia Scott on defenseFluco Coach Chad White said that he had been encouraging sophomore guard Navaeh Ivory to be aggressive. Ivory took that advice to heart on Jan. 12 against the visiting Hornets from Orange County. She took the ball to the basket again and again in a James Hardin fashion. Not all her slashing attacks at the basket were successful, but there were plenty of good results. At halftime, the Fluco girls had a comfortable 36-20 lead and Ivory had posted 17 of her team’s points.

In the first quarter Ivory hit for nine points, scoring seven straight of the Flucos’ points in mid-quarter, including a three-point play and a lay-in on a nice feed from Mya Wright. The Fluco defense was strong and the Hornets turned the ball over and were forced into difficult shots. The Flucos led 16-8 after the first eight minutes.

The second quarter scoring started with a three-point basket by Fluco point guard Jules Shepherd, who, like Ivory, is only a sophomore. The Flucos had six players in the scoring column in the second quarter, as they outscored Orange 20-12 for their comfortable 16-point halftime lead. Ivory had eight in the quarter, while Shepherd had five.

In the third quarter, the Fluco offense seemed to sputter a bit. Orange showed some offensive punch and cut the lead to 12 at 40-28. However, the Flucos turned to sophomore back-up guard Maggie Wentz for two three-point shots and the quarter ended with the 12-point lead intact, at 48-36.

The Flucos outscored the Hornets 7-1 to start the fourth quarter and the game was effectively over. These seven points came on a three-point basket by Ivory and back-to-back scores inside by Kyia Scott, yet another sophomore. While Ivory led the scoring, Scott contributed 12 points. Next in scoring with eight was Destini Monroe, a freshman. Shepherd and Wentz had seven and six respectively. Add a comment


SwimmersFluco swim Coach Feda Morton described the efforts of the girls’ and boys’ swim teams on Jan. 9 as “a great showing with stiff competition in every event.” The squads were competing at the University of Virginia in the annual and prestigious Ben Hair swim meet. Thirteen teams competed on the girls’ side while there were 15 teams in the boys’ competition. The girls finished third and the boys were sixth, but third among public schools.

Three girls broke school records in this event. Abby Harlow broke the Fluco school record in the 50-meter free sprint. Her time was 25.52, which was 0.07 seconds faster than the previous record held by Fefe Nardone. Harlow’s time was good enough to qualify her for the year-end State meet.

Swimming the 100-meter freestyle event, Abby Fuller finished in 54.67, cutting 0.85 seconds off her own school record. Caylyn McNaul also bested her own school record. She completed the long distance 500-meter freestyle event in 5:40.00. Her prior best was 5:42.67.

Harlow, Fuller and McNaul were not done with their record-breaking swims. Harlow also finished first in the 100-meter breaststroke, and sixth in the 100-meter butterfly. Fuller took fourth place in the 400-meter individual medley, and McNaul was fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke.
There were also a number of other top performances for the Flucos.

Emma DiFazio took third in the 100-meter backstroke. Zoe Moore was seventh in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle. The girls also did well in relay events. The 200-meter medley team, consisting of DiFazio, McNaul, Harlow and Fuller, took second. The 200-meter free relay team, made up of Harlow, Moore, McNaul and Fuller, took third.

The top swimmer for the boys was Hunter Strickland. He finished fifth in the 100-meter butterfly and sixth in the 200-meter individual medley – both difficult events. The boys also had two relay teams finish in the point count. The 200-meter free relay team was eighth, as was the 400-meter free relay team. The 200-meter team consisted of Owen Strickland, Joshua Rocklien, Jack Kershner and Hunter Strickland. The 400-meter relay team consisted of Rhett Jones, Matthew Snead, Gabriel Nardone and Kershner.

The swim teams participated in a Jan. 13 meet at Spotswood High and will travel there again for a Jan. 20 meet. There will be dive competitions at Woodberry Forest and at Harrisonburg on Jan. 20 and Jan. 26. The last swim meet before the District, Region and State meets in February will be Jan. 27 at Harrisonburg.

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Emory Davis for the FlucosThe Flying Flucos girls’ and boys’ basketball teams hosted the annual Holiday Bash Tournament Dec. 28-29. Both teams scored back-to-back victories. The girls’ team crushed Buckingham County 53-31 and then crushed the Bruton Panthers from Williamsburg by a similar score of 53-26.

The Fluco boys’ team won by much closer scores. In the tournament’s first round, they topped William Monroe High 52-49 and in the second round they also narrowly defeated Bruton 48-46.

The Fluco boys’ team took to the floor against Bruton at about 7 p.m. Friday. Coach Jason Davis said that the first five minutes of play was the team’s “best five minutes of the season.” The Flucos ran to a 20-5 lead before the Panthers could respond with a nine-point run to end the quarter at 20-14.

Bruton started the scoring with a three-point basket. Then it was all Flucos for five minutes. Senior A.J. Gregory hit a three-point shot and junior Andrew Pace followed with two strong lay-ups, the second on a nice pass from Gregory. Add a comment


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


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