Fluvanna Sports in Review 4/14

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Fluvanna Sports in Review 4/14

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Abigail Searcy and Gabby Barber

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Baseball

While Fluvanna’s spring break was coming to a conclusion, the Flucos headed down to Myrtle Beach for a brief baseball tournament. Playing four games total, the boys came out with a successful record of 3-1. After a discouraging loss in the first game, the team was able to bounce back and show their strengths.  “Altogether, the tournament went really well. The first game was rough, but the guys quickly got a feel for what to expect, and were able to finish with wins,” said Team Manager Tiffany Hoyt, who attended the trip.

After the Flucos made it back to their home field, it was time to compete. On April 13, both JV and varsity competed against the Orange County Hornets. Although JV fell short with a score of 9-5, the varsity team was able to pull out a 8-7 win. “It was tied up in the fourth inning, but in the bottom of the fifth we scored three runs. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Kyle Algieri had a walk-off hit that ultimately won the game,” said Assistant Athletic Director Darren McCauley.

 

Softball

On April 14, both the JV and varsity softball teams fought on their home diamond against the Orange County Hornets. Both teams were victorious, with JV winning by a score of 9-5 and Varsity winning by a score of 4-2. “I think overall we played really well. We definitely stayed in the game, and we have made some great progress since the beginning of the season,” said Junior Mariah Tawney.

The varsity girls were tied 2-2 in the sixth inning, but in the bottom of the sixth, Gracie Walton had a RBI single, which scored the two winning runs for the Lady Flucos. “We played extremely well last night, and surely played as a team. We want to continue getting ahead in the games and take part in certain drills during practices to improve. We will meet our goals this season,” said Sophomore Katie Morris.

 

Boys’ Lacrosse

April 10 kicked off a busy week for both the varsity and JV teams, but it resulted in some losses as both teams were operating with reduced lineups.“We were missing key players and it affected us really badly last night,”  said JV player Alex Williams about the April 10 game against Monticello. Losing by a score of 9-0, the JV Flucos were nonetheless able to realize what they had improved on as a whole, as well as what they needed to work on in future games.

As for the varsity team, the lost their game against FUMA on April 11 by a score of 11-2. “We have to get used to not having Nathan Carney [who was out with an injury], but it was nice to see players start who normally don’t,” said varsity player Conner Dobbins.

The last game of the week was a JV game against FUMA on April 12, which ended in a 9-2 loss for the Flucos.

 

Boys’ Soccer

Over spring break, both boys’ soccer teams enjoyed strong wins against Louisa on April 3. The varsity boys had the tougher of the two games, barely coming up with a win against Louisa but still pulling it off, 3-2. “We battled hard and it was really awesome getting the win,” said Varsity player Matt Rafaly, who recently returned the play after an injury.

For the JV boys, the game was more of a takeover, as they completely blew away their competition, winning 4-0. “We played really well as a team and the communication between everyone really made the game,” said 8th grader Daniel Lauterbach.

 

Girls’ Soccer

The girls’ soccer team spring break experience was less successful than that the boys. The JV girls’ team had the rougher time, resulting in a rather frustrating 0-0 tie at home vs. Louisa. “I feel like if the shots had gone into the goal we would’ve won 3-0, but unfortunately, we ran out of time,” said Denise Fierro.

As for varsity, they had a better time, but it was still a rough win which they managed to pull off by a nail-biting score of 3-2. “It was a really intense game. I was scared we might have to go into [overtime], but luckily, we scored in the first half overtime and won the game. It felt so good,” said Melanie Swain.

 

Athlete Signing Day

On April 12, FCHS conducted a small ceremony in honor of seven student athletes who will be progressing to college-level sports next fall. This event highlighted the moment when the athletes made their official commitment to their chosen colleges. These star athletes included Lamaya Lacy, Jake Morris, Zach Hartzog, Jackie Rodriguez, Renee Custer, Cyan Coates, and Matasha Martin.

After the students signed their commitment papers, they were awarded with applause, and then interviewed regarding their plans for the future. Athlete Jake Morris said he has decided to attend Shenandoah University next fall. “I hope to receive my undergraduate degree in four years, and to win a conference championship in football. I also hope to compete at Nationals for track and field,” he said.

Fellow track star Matasha Martin plans to attend James Madison University. “In five years, I see myself graduated from JMU with a successful college career in track and field. I hope to go to grad school to get a doctorate in physical therapy,” she said.

Renee Custer also plans to attend Shenandoah University for track and field. She said she hopes to “contribute some new school records and pleasant memories to my new team.” Meanwhile, runner Jackie Rodriguez chose Virginia Military Institute as her next step. “I chose VMI because I fell in love with the structure and the military aspect of the school. My biggest accomplishment so far is competing at the state level in cross country and track throughout my high school career,” she said.

Of the remaining three students honored on April 12, Zach Hartzog will attend Shenandoah University, Lamaya Lacy will go to Lynchburg College, and Cyan Coates is planning to attend to Bridgewater College.