Fluco Sports

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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cheeringThe Fluco girls’ basketball team under long-term Coach Chad White went to the Conference semi-finals last season. Chaniyah Brown, who was the senior team leader last season, has graduated, but White’s squad last year was extremely young with a number of freshman standouts and he has a host of strong returnees. Navaeh Ivory returns at guard. She was a first team All-Conference selection as a freshman last year.

Jemika Johnson is a senior who will man the post for the Flucos. She was an All-Conference honorable mention last year. Two athletes who made major contributions last season as freshman are speedy guard Jules Shepherd and rangy forward Mya Wright. They are both expected to start. The fifth starter was also a freshman last season. Kyla Scott had some strong games in her freshman year and will contribute again from the wing. Accordingly, it looks like White will have a very young and promising line-up with one senior and four sophomores starting. He also will have two freshmen contributing: Destini Monroe and Caitlyn Broderick.

The Fluco girls will continue to play their usual pressing and harassing defense that is intended to create a host of turnovers that lead to easy fast break baskets. White’s teams are always entertaining to watch as the action is always fast paced.

Fluco boys’ basketball Coach Jason Davis will have a very young team this year with six sophomores and one freshman on the roster. However, he will have some veterans in the starting line-up. The two highest scorers from last year’s squad return as seniors. A.J. Gregory, who swings between guard and forward, was a Conference honorable mention last year and he and DaShon Carter, who will be the shooting guard, will be counted on again to lead the Flucos on offense.

Two sophomores who will be in the starting line-up are Emory Davis, who played well on the JV squad last year and will handle the point guard position, and Walt Stribling, who will be the team’s center, or in more current terminology, the team’s post player. Stribling was a standout lineman on the football team and he will bring some size and rebounding to the Flucos forecourt. The fifth starter for the Flucos will probably be senior Caden Koslowski or junior Andrew Pace, both of whom logged serious playing time last season for varsity. Add a comment

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SigningThe words “signing day” are music to the ears of many athletes, especially one of Fluvanna’s seniors.

Baseball player and Fluvanna County High School senior Shaun Holyfield signed with George Washington University Nov. 8 at the high school.

Holyfield had been offered spots at other schools, but ultimately decided that George Washington University was the best choice for him academically and athletically, he said.

Baseball was Holyfield’s first sport, and he’s been in love with it since he was four years old. In addition to his time playing for Fluvanna, Holyfield has also played travel baseball for the Mid-Atlantic Orioles.

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With important play-off positioning on the line, the Flying Fluco volleyball team traveled to long-time rival Western Albemarle last Tuesday (Oct. 31). The Flucos won the match in five grueling games.

The Warriors opened strong before their home crowd, topping the Flucos 25-21 in the first game. The Flucos quickly bounced back, capturing the second game by an impressive 25-13 score. Even though they lost game two by a wide margin, Western Albemarle did not fold. They took the third game by the same score as the first. Of course, this result put the Flucos back in serious jeopardy.

The Flucos dug in and won game four by a 25-20 score to force a fifth and deciding game. In a close battle, the Flucos prevailed 15-13 to win the match. Coach Christi Harlowe-Garrett described the match as a “crazy night and a great match.” Christina Walker led the way at the net for the Flucos recording an impressive 16 kill shots and five blocks. Abby Sherman was also a major contributor up front with 10 kill shots. Candice Shaheen was the defensive standout with 32 digs. Harlowe-Garrett noted that Shaheen recorded the school record for digs in a game earlier in the season.

This match determined the seeding for the Region 3C play-offs. The Flucos’ win over Western Albemarle means that they became the number five seed, while Western Albemarle fell to the number eight seed. The play-offs began Nov. 2. The Flucos had to travel all the way to number three seed, Liberty-Bedford High, which is located off Route 81 south of Lexington. Liberty had a 12-9 regular season record. However, the Warriors had to travel to the slightly closer number one seed, Fort Defiance High, which finished the regular season at 21-1.

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