Fluco Sports

Kevin WardAt any level of baseball from Little League to Major League Baseball, whether the game is six innings, seven innings, or nine innings, it is very rare for a pitcher to record a perfect game. A perfect game is one in which no batter on the opposing team reaches base. No hits, no walks, no errors, no hit batters, no third strike getting past the catcher. No one makes it on base, period.

On Tuesday (April 18) Flying Fluco freshman pitcher Kevin Ward achieved this feat against the Monticello Mustangs’ varsity baseball team in a game played on the Mustangs’ field. Add a comment

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The Powhatan Indians and the Western Albemarle Warriors track and field squads came to Fluvanna on Wednesday (April 19). Boys’ teams and girls’ teams competed on a damp and dreary day. There was also a Champions Together competition for special needs students that preceded the regular event.

The Flying Flucos girls’ team turned in some excellent performances. In the 100-meter hurdles senior Madison Brown finished first in a time of 19.14, besting the second place finisher by an impressive 0.81 seconds.

In the 100-meter dash, the Flucos were completely dominant. Fluco senior Cyan Coates was the winner with a time of 13.26, and she was followed by three other Flucos. Senior Chaniyah Brown and senior Alexandria Daniels were second and third, while freshman Jules Shephard finished fourth. Coates and Brown were also standouts for the Flucos in soccer and basketball respectively.

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Dolby DeForge at batThe Flying Flucos baseball team started strong on Friday (April 14) against the Albemarle Patriots, but two three-run innings by Albemarle were the Flucos’ undoing. The Flucos ultimately lost the game 2-6.

In the first inning, the Albemarle lead-off batter lined a ball to short center field and Fluco centerfielder Dashon Carter made a diving, sliding catch to record the first out of the game. It is a rare occurrence for the defensive play of the game to occur on the first at bat of the contest, but that was the case in this game. Fluco pitcher Shaun Holyfield retired the side in order with the help of Carter’s catch and two ground outs.

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Fluco soccerA light drizzle was falling on Monday evening (April 3) when the Fluco girls’ soccer team kicked off at home against Louisa High. Ten minutes into the game the drizzle turned into a steady soaking downpour that continued for over an hour. Despite the rain, which surely would have stopped a softball or baseball game, the teams played on. The field is artificial turf, so the game did not become a sloppy mud bowl.

During two 40-minute halves, both team had some chances to score, but neither team could break through. The score was 0-0 at the end of regulation time. As a result, two five-minute overtime periods were added to the game. Add a comment

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LacrosseThe Fluco boys’ lacrosse squad delivered a well-played game on Thursday (March 23), said Coach Steve Heritage. He particularly noted that “the defense is coming together.” Unfortunately, the Flucos were up against a strong team visiting from Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, just outside of Richmond. The Flucos fell to the Patriots 1-8.

The Flucos’ offense just could not generate enough pressure on the Patriots. Giving up eight goals in lacrosse is not bad defense, as it would be in soccer. In lacrosse it often takes nine or more goals to win. The Fluco defense was even better in its March 21 game, when the team held Liberty-Bealton High to five goals. Unfortunately, in that game the Flucos only could score two.

In this game, the first quarter did not go well for the Flucos. Patrick Henry scored the first four goals of the game. There was no scoring early in the quarter, but the Patriots broke the ice with 6:59 on the clock, scoring from out in front on a nice pass play that the Fluco goalie had little chance to stop.

Another Patriot goal came less than two minutes later. Again, there was good pass work involved and the scoring shot came from point-blank range.  With 3:49 on the clock the Patriots made it 3-0.  Garrison Dahl won the ensuing face-off impressively to begin an attack on the Patrick Henry goal, but the attack was stymied and the Patriots responded with a long hard shot into the net for a 4-0 lead.
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