12 September 2012
The 2012-2013 school year has been full of firsts: a new building, new turf fields, and new players. The golf team has also experienced its own first: sophomore Kaitlyn Presley, the first female on the Fluco golf team. “She’s the first girl we’ve had ever, as far as I know,” said Coach Bryan Searcy. “It’s been great.”
In one of the last few weeks of the golf season, the Flucos went up against Albemarle on Sept. 6. They came in second to Albemarle with an overall score of 192. According to Searcy, though the season “has been fun,” it has not been without its bumps.
For example, a match scheduled at Goochland on Sept. 4 was cancelled due to scheduling confusion on Goochland’s side and is being rescheduled. Scheduled matches include Sept. 14 at Buckingham and Sept. 21 at home against Kettle Run.
Feet pounding, arms pumping, and hair flying. These images are those that accompany any Fluvanna cross-country meet. But as these Flucos run their way to the elusive finish line, what passes through their brains? “I usually think about how much farther I have to go,” said senior cross-country runner Megan Graham. “Or when I can start walking,” she added jokingly.
Despite what runs through these determined runners’ minds, they are all set to make this 2012 season a successful one. Their mindset is finding success so far. Both teams won the meet against Madison and East Rockingham on Sept. 5.
The teams then went on to run in the Fork Union Military Academy Invitational on Sept. 8. While there, the teams performed admirably, making Fluvanna proud with a firm fifth place finish. Senior Chris Markham placed first in the Patriot Race and junior Nicole Douma placed fifth overall.
“I think we’ve had a great start to the season,” said senior Robert Powers, “and we have a good chance to be really competitive as a team.” The teams will be running once more at Woodberry on Sept. 15.
The girls of the Fluvanna County volleyball team definitely love the game. Both varsity and jv had a tournament on Sept. 4 against Madison, with the varsity team winning 3-0. Though the jv team lost 1-2, they are constantly improving.
Though described as “young in key spots,” by Coach Christy Garrett, “they are a hard-working and determined group of girls.” Varsity also played in a tournament on Sept. 8 against Franklin County, Albemarle County, and Western, Stonewall Jackson and Franklin, winning five total games throughout the tournament.
Both teams will be playing in matches on Sept. 11 at Liberty High School in Bealton. The expectations for this game are high.
Junior varsity football
The junior varsity team walked off the field pleased after tying with the Spotsylvania Knights on Sept. 5. With a score of 19-19 and the motivation of a new school and new players, the season is going well, with an overall record of 0-2-1. “If they are spending millions of dollars on the field, we should be good,” said sophomore Juan Salazar.
Coach Mike Sheridan has made a practice of debriefing with the team after all games, discussing what they did right or could have improved on. The talks can be uplifting after a loss or have an energy that keeps the spirits high after a win.
Even though the Flucos have had their fair share of wins and losses, they hope to finally make a mark on the map for themselves this season.
Despite being defeated by Spotsylvania with a score of 7-10 on Sept. 7, the Flucos held their heads high. Still, many players felt the loss for Fluvanna was surprising and out of the blue.
“How our team came out and played was neither planned nor expected,” said sophomore Peter Lacey. The team got in a few admirable plays, but the tough game was lost by only a few crucial points.
The expectations for Fluvanna are really high this year, with a current record of 1-2. “We want to win over 500 percent [over half of the games played],” said Coach Mitchell Pace. So players hope to use even this loss as an opportunity to correct hard-learned mistakes and make a fantastic comeback. “If we play like we practice, then surely we can beat them,” said Pace.