Fluco Sports

Flucos on defenseThe game was not pretty, but it was intense. The Fluco girls traveled to Charlottesville High to take on the Black Knights in the Jefferson District semifinal on Monday (Feb. 12). With both teams playing mostly full court press on defense, the game was filled with fouls and turnovers. The Flucos hung in against the number two seed in the District, but ultimately could not keep up with the Black Knights’ pace, falling 39-56.

Sophomore forward Kyia Scott was the story for the Flucos in the first quarter, as she was able to score four baskets inside and convert a free throw for nine points in the quarter. The Flucos led 10-5 midway through the quarter but Charlottesville managed to come back and the quarter ended in a 12-12 tie.

Early in the second quarter, Fluco point guard sophomore Jules Shepherd converted two free throws and Scott moved outside to sink a three-point shot. Senior center Jemika Johnson scored on a rebound and midway through the quarter the score was still tied at 19-19. Unfortunately for the Flucos the Black Knights scored five in the second half of the quarter and the Flucos were held scoreless. As a result, the Black Knights took as 24-19 lead at halftime.

The third quarter started the same way the second quarter ended. In the first four minutes of the quarter the Flucos were scoreless, while the Black Knights managed to make three lay-ups for an 11-point lead at 30-19. Sophomore forward Mya Wright finally broke the drought for the Flucos with a strong drive for a lay-up, but the damage was done. Scott followed with a lay-in, but Charlottesville countered with one of their own. Freshman Destini Monroe sank a three-point shot to cut the lead to seven at 26-33. Scott made one of two from the line and it was a six-point game.

Charlottesville, playing at home and with confidence, was not to be denied. The Black Knights finished the quarter with six straight points on a free throw, a short jump shot and a three-pointer. They took a 12-point led to the fourth quarter. In the first three quarters the most the Flucos scored in a quarter was 12 against Charlottesville’s intense defense. It did not look promising for the Flucos. Add a comment

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Swim meetThe Region 3C swim and dive championship meet was held Feb. 10-11 at the Fork Union Military Academy (FUMA) pool here in Fluvanna County. The Fluco girls’ team finished third, while the boys were in eighth place.

Coach Feda Morton said that a significant number of Fluco swimmers performed well enough to qualify for the upcoming State meet. Two of the girls’ relay teams and one of the boys’ teams will move on to the State meet. The girls’ medley relay team of Emma DiFazio, Caylyn McNaul, Abby Fuller and Zoe Moore, and the 200-meter freestyle relay team of Moore, Haley Smith, McNaul and Fuller will both advance. The boys’ 200-meter freestyle relay team of Owen Strickland, Jack Kershner, Hunter Strickland and Josh Rocklein will also be going to the State meet.

Individuals who will be going to the State meet are numerous. Hunter Strickland will be swimming in the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter freestyle at the State meet as a result of his fourth place finish in both events. Abby Fuller, who was the Regional champion in the 200-meter individual medley event will naturally be competing in that event at States. She also will be swimming in the 100-meter butterfly at the State event based on her second place finish in the Region meet. In the 400-meter freestyle both Moore and McNaul qualified  for the State meet. Moore will also be swimming in the 50-meter freestyle sprint at that meet.

The FUMA pool is a meter pool, and all prior meets this year were conducted in pools measured in yards. Accordingly, some research is required to establish which of the team’s performances may be school records, but she is confident that a number of school records were established.    

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The Fluco wrestling squad, the Fluco indoor track and field squad, and the Fluco swim and dive team all competed in Jefferson District year-end events Feb. 2-3.

The wrestling squad under Coach Michael Gore traveled to Orange County High and placed four of its seven competitors in the top four in their weight classes. John Bland, wrestling at 152 pounds, was 3-1 for the day and captured third place in his class. The Flucos also did well in the lower weight classes. Tyler Haynes was fourth at 106 pounds. Wyatt Dillon was fourth at 113 pounds and Shawn Metcalf was fourth at 138 pounds.

The Jefferson District indoor track and field meet was held Feb. 3 at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, with Fluvanna County High acting as the host school. The girls’ team finished in fourth place and the boys’ team was fifth.
A number of Fluco athletes did well individually and one relay team also excelled. Coaches Tom Casto and Rose Brogan reported the following outstanding performances: Winning All-District honors for the girls were: Kaitlin Bower in the 55-meter dash, Emily Smeds in the 1,600-meter run (metric mile), Kieri Hart in the 500-meter run, Kristen Cabrera and Saige Haney in the 1,000-meter run, Brianna Parker in the 3,200-meter (two mile) run, and Amina

Wilson and Ashlee Pieno in the pole vault. Cabrera was second in her event, earning a time less than one second off the winning time.

The 4x800 relay team of Hart, Haney, Smeds and Cabrera won the Jefferson District championship. The relay team’s time was 10:32.06, which was an impressive 34 seconds faster than the second place time.

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Fluvanna Sports PhotographyThe Fluco boys’ basketball team was playing its third game in four nights when it hosted the Orange County Hornets Feb. 2. Although the 44-63 final score of the Flucos’ contest with Orange County makes it look like a blow-out, it was not. The Flucos were in contention throughout and the Hornets only pulled ahead in the final minutes.
The Flucos, who had been making their free throws, suddenly went cold from the line, making only three of 10 in the final quarter, while the Hornets converted their free throws. Playing from behind, the Flucos repeatedly sent the Hornets to the line and the gap widened to the final margin of 19.

The game started with Orange scoring the first five points. The Flucos responded with five of their own. Senior forward A.J. Gregory made a short jump shot and senior guard DaShon Carter followed with a three-point play. In the rest of the quarter the Flucos only managed four points on two jump shots by Gregory. Meanwhile, the Hornets put up 14 points to establish a 10-point lead at the end of the quarter.

The Flucos came alive in the second quarter. It started with two quick baskets by the Flucos. Sophomore guard Cameron Shields and Carter both scored on quick drives to the hoop to make the score 13-19. After an Orange basket, sophomore guard Keyshawn Fisher sunk two free throws. Carter then made a steal and took the ball coast to coast. He was fouled on his lay-up attempt, and he also made two free throws. The Hornets’ lead was down to four. But the team responded with a steal that led to a thunderous dunk.

Shields then made two free throws to bring the margin back to four. Orange took the lead back up to eight, but Fluco freshman John Boy Rittenhouse made the first of his two three pointers for the night and sophomore center Elijah Johnson scored on a put-back as the quarter ended. The Flucos trailed 25-28.

Orange started the scoring in the second half with a basket on a nice in-bounds play. The Flucos responded with five quick points to tie the score at 30-30. The five points came as Gregory hit a three point shot and junior forward Drew Pace scored on a lay-in on an assist by Gregory. Unfortunately, Orange outscored the Flucos 15-9 in the rest of the quarter to build a six-point lead going to the final stanza. Add a comment

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Fluvanna sports photographyTop Fluco boys 66-41

The Fluvanna County boys’ basketball team played evenly with the Louisa Lions for three of the game’s four quarters Friday (Jan. 26). Of course, anyone who has watched the New England Patriots knows that three quarters are not the whole game.

Fluco Coach Jason Davis noted that the Lions are one of the best teams in the state at their school size level. They came onto the Munro Rateau Court at Fluvanna High with only two losses. The Flucos came in with 11. Naturally, the Lions were heavily favored.

In the first quarter the Flucos held their own well against the Lions. Fluco junior forward Andrew Pace started the scoring with a rebound put back. The Lions then ran off seven straight. The quarter ended with the Flucos responding with a five point run for a 7-7 tie. The Fluco scores were a free throw by senior A.J. Gregory, a diving lay-up by senior DaShon Carter and a lay-in off a steal by Pace. The low score at the end of the quarter reflected the strong defense being played by both teams. The Flucos were mostly in a man-to-man defense, while the Lions were in a trapping half court zone.

The second quarter was a disaster for the Flucos. The Lions made a couple of steals and hit a rare three pointer while running off the first nine points of the stanza. Carter made a nice pass to Pace underneath for a lay-in that broke the run but the Flucos were still down seven and they would never be that close again. Louisa followed with a three-point play. Carter made a nice left-handed lay-up for a score of 11-19.

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