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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


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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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Arts Faces2017 saw some big changes for many of the performing and visual arts in Fluvanna County, beginning with the departure of Warren Johnson, who stepped down as president of the Persimmon Tree Players (PTP) after nearly 13 years. Beth Sherk took his place and at first was reluctant in her new role, but has emerged stronger with a vision for a new destination for the group that builds on its successes. Always an optimist with a goal, she has teamed up with other PTP members who are looking out for PTP’s best interests in the coming year.

Sherk brings a fresh, energetic perspective to PTP, whereas Johnson was a stabilizing force who helped build the group back up to the well-respected community theater group it once had been. Sherk and fellow PTP member George Gaige are keeping the engine going.

PTP and the Fluvanna County Arts Council (FCAC) have also forged an alliance with 18-year-old theater wunderkind, Jessica Harris, who started the children’s theater group Empowered Players. Both PTP and FCAC see this as a milestone, encouraging young people and training them in the theater arts. PTP is hoping to eventually have some of her students join them and cut their teeth on a larger, more intense production.

Gaige, Sherk and Sharon Harris are working with FCAC on future projects to bring people in and introduce them to the magic of theater and music. With this addition of newcomers and innovative ideas, President Adele Schaefer feels the future is looking brighter for the performing arts.

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Christopher WhiteThe Fork Union Volunteer Fire Department voted Christopher White, 27, its newest fire chief.

White, who has volunteered with the department for more than nine years, said he’s happy to have the responsibility, but he’s not sure it’s worth a story.
White is uncomfortable tooting his own horn.

A surgical technician at University of Virginia Medical Center, White is the first black person to hold the title of chief in the Fluvanna Volunteer Fire Department. The position came open when Frankie Hackett stepped down.

As a black woman, Fluvanna County Supervisor Mozell Booker has broken a few boundaries herself. The most recent was when she was voted to serve as the chair of the Board of Supervisors.

Booker said she’s known White’s family for years.

“He’s just a fine young man and comes from a wonderful family,” she said. ”He was raised by a single mom. He was an usher at our church. He’s a typical, all-American young man.”

Mike Brent is the chief over the entire Fluvanna County Volunteer Fire Department.

“He’s a good man. I think the guys and girls follow him. He’s well respected and he has the training and credentials to be the chief,” Brent said, offering his thoughts on why White’s peers elected him.

Brent said the position of chief comes with no pay or perks. “There’s no pay, just more responsibility,” he said.

More than 150 firefighters volunteer in Fluvanna, which includes Palmyra, Fork Union, Kents Store and Lake Monticello. Brent said Lake Monticello has its own charter, but operationally he includes them in the numbers.

“We could always use more” volunteers, he said. “As is typical of a volunteer department, people are in and out.”

Brent said his organization is polling the volunteers to see what incentives they could be offered that would help attract and keep members.

Right now, the only incentive offered is that the county pays the personal property tax of the vehicle the volunteer uses to drive to and from the station or fire.

“We’re looking down the road – looking at financial stipends or educational opportunities,” Brent said.

But right now, he’s happy White stepped up and agreed to serve in Fork Union’s top spot.

The Fluvanna Review asked White about his role as Fork Union chief. Add a comment


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It was an up and down year in sports at the high school level in Fluvanna County in 2017.

The girls’ sports teams led the way for the Flucos.

The winter sports season is already underway when the new year begins. Basketball is the winter sport that draws the most fans. Coach Chad White’s girls’ basketball team was successful in 2017 as the squad reached the Conference semi-finals behind senior Chaniya Brown and freshman Navaeh Ivory, who was a first team All-Conference selection.

The boys’ team had less success as they went through a building year under new Coach Jason Davis. Junior AJ Gregory was the team’s top player and he was an All-Conference honorable mention selection.
The winter sport with the most athletes participating is indoor track and field. The girls’ squad under Coach Rose Brogan finished second in the Conference meet and sent five individual athletes and a relay team to the State meet. The boys’ team was not quite as successful, but it had standouts in the shot put and in the jumping events.

In the spring the sports calendar at Fluvanna County High School is chock-a-block full; there is activity everywhere. The school fields teams in boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, boys’ and girls’ tennis, boys’ and girls’ track and field, and of course baseball and softball. The most prominent spectator sports are baseball for the boys and softball for the girls, which are the sports that draw county residents who are not relatives of the participants.

The softball team under Coach Tre Smith went to the Regional tournament and won its first game there. Katie Morris and Gracie Walton were named to the All-Conference second team. The baseball team under Coach Mike Sheridan was young but it had what Sheridan described as a “solid season.” Brant Wood and DeShon Carter were second team All-Conference.

Spring and summer also bring activity on the golf course. The annual Faulconer golf tournament comes to the Lake Monticello Golf Course in May. This is a prestigious event that attracts many of the top amateur golfers from around central Virginia. In 2017 Brian Bassett won the tournament with an impressive two-day score of 142. He had finished second in the event in 2015 and 2016.

In June the Lake Monticello Golf Course holds its Men’s member guest tournament. The 2017 winners of this event were the team of Claude Williamson and Richard Condray. Add a comment