Fluco Sports

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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The Fluvanna County High School wrestling team hosted a match Jan. 20 involving nine wrestling squads at the Fluvanna High gym. In addition to the Fluco squad, teams came from William Fleming High, Clover Hill, Colonial Heights, Fort Defiance, the Covenant School, Madison County, and the Huguenot School. The final team of the nine competing teams was a bandit squad consisting of wrestlers from various schools, who were not their teams’ first wrestler in a weight class.

The event was held to benefit Billy Wensel, a long-time Fluvanna County resident, wrestler and wrestling coach, who is suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

William Fleming High won the meet, with the Fluco squad finishing sixth. The Fluco squad is young with limited experience, said Coach Michael Gore; however, “they came together and continue to grow as a team and as individual wrestlers.” Gore thought that his team did well in this match in light of the fact that he was only able to field competitors in seven of 14 weight classes. Most teams are not able to field 14 wrestlers, but seven holes in the lineup is a big disadvantage. “Our wrestlers wrestled hard and competed well [but] the holes in the lineup cost valuable team points,” said Gore.

Gore said that Wensel and his family attended and enjoyed the tournament. Fluvanna High hopes that the tournament will continue to grow in future seasons, with more teams signing up to compete.

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Courtesy of fluvannasportsphotography.comBased on the final score of 28-34, it might be assumed that the Flucos and the Powhatan Indians engaged in a fierce defensive battle on Friday (Jan. 19). That was not really the case.

Certainly both teams worked hard on the defensive end. In fact, after the game Fluco Coach Chad White praised his team for its hard work on defense, but the low score was actually more the result of off nights from the field by both teams.

The Flucos do not rely too heavily on outside shooting, but in this game they had none. The ball just would not go down. Powhatan, which came in with an impressive 9-3 record, had similar problems. Each team made only one three-point shot for the night, and the Flucos’ came at the final buzzer.

The best part of the game for the Flucos was the first four minutes. The Flucos’ usual full court press caused some problems for the Indians early. Sophomore Kyia Scott scored two quick baskets for the Flucos for a 4-0 lead. One of Scott’s baskets came on nice pass from senior center Jamika Johnson. Sophomore forward Mya Wright was fouled on a rebound put back attempt and made two free throws for a 6-0 lead. Powhatan made two free throws to make it 6-2.

Fluco sophomore guard Nevaeh Ivory grabbed a defensive rebound and took the ball the length of the court for a lay-up and the Flucos led 8-2. With a little over half of the quarter remaining, the Indians called time out. In the final four minutes of the quarter a lay-up by Powhatan was the only score.

Ominously for the Flucos, Wright went down with a sprained ankle with three minutes left in the quarter. She would not return. The Flucos were already without sophomore point guard Jules Shepherd, who was out ill. As a result they had to play the vast majority of the game against a strong opponent with two starters sidelined.

In the second quarter, Powhatan bounced back and they outscored the Flucos 12-8 to tie the game at the half 16-16. Ivory had three in the quarter and Johnson had two free throws. Tahirah Amos, off the bench, had a nice jumper from the lane and freshman Caitlyn Broderick had a free throw, which ended the scoring in the quarter. Add a comment

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