Fluvanna Sports in Review 4/21


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Sophomore Travis Morris running at the meet on 4/10. Photo courtesy of Fluvanna Photos.

Girls’ Soccer

The Lady Flucos varsity soccer team took on Albemarle on April 15, losing 0-6. Sophomore Kaitlin Bower said that they “played well as a team, but [Albemarle] broke through our defense a couple times.” adding that she thought the team  “did better than we thought we were going to do.” The Lady Flucos were away on April 18, heading out to Western Albemarle for their matchup. “We connected passes well and we kept the ball on their side a lot,” said junior Amara Day.

The JV girls’ team also played against Albemarle on the 15th, but like varsity, they lost 0-4. Eva Stribling said “We played a strong first half. Even though we didn’t score, we played together really good but we gave up a lot of easy goals in the second half the we should not have let happen.” The JV girls also played on April 17, but lost 2-3 after being up 1-0 at the half. Stribling said, “We had good possession of the ball the first half, but we got lazy in the second half and our lack of effort caused them to beat us.”


Boys’ Soccer

The boys’ varsity soccer team also faced Albemarle on April 15, and in a tight match, lost 1-2. Ryan Holman said he thought his team played “really good for going against a state team and only giving up two goals,” added that he personally thought he played better than he has all season. The Flucos were on the road again when they took on Western Albemarle on April 18, beating the Warriors 5-0. “We pressured the ball as best as we could and we played well as a team,” said junior Elijah Bullock. The assertive victory improves the team to a solid 3-3 on the year so far.

Meanwhile, the JV boys’ soccer teams faced Albemarle on April 15, but lost. “If we would have played hard the whole game, we could have beat them, but we got tired in the second half,” said freshman Davis Devault regarding the team’s 0-3 loss. On April 18, the JV boys took on Western Albemarle at home, winning by a score of 2-1. “We passed the ball well and our crosses into the middle were excellent,” said sophomore Daniel Bustillo.



The baseball team had a tough game on April 16 against Albemarle. “We just weren’t there at the plate,” said senior Jacob Critzer, explaining that while the team was having issues with their hits early on, later in the game the team started playing together. “The pitching [was] doing what it needed to for the defense to keep us in the game,” he said. Despite the challenges, the team was able to come out and pull off a 3-2 win. On April 18, the Flucos were home against Western Albemarle, coming out with a 13-5 win. “We put the ball in play a lot and didn’t strike out very much, which always helps,” said junior Cameron Shields. Critzer extended his dominant hitting stint by homering, which boosted his total to seven home runs so far this season.

Meanwhile, JV baseball traveled to Western Albemarle for their away matchup against the Warriors on April 18. They played tough, but ultimately didn’t come out on top, losing the game 5-11.


Girls’ Lacrosse

The varsity Lady Flucos had a tough loss against Charlottesville on April 1, coming up short by a score of 5-17. “We went out overconfident, and I think that made us play worse,” said junior Charlie Lasocki. Despite the loss, team members are looking forward to a rematch with Charlottesville. “Next time we go against them will be our senior night and we’ll be more prepared,” said Junior Alison Sawyer.


Boys’ Lacrosse

Like their varsity sisters, the boys’ varsity lacrosse team also came up short in the match against Charlottesville on April 16. The game had a final score of 1-9, with the one Fluvanna goal being made by sophomore Jacob Collier. “We could have played better,” said junior Justin Sullivan, summing up the team’s outlook on the game.  The team still has something to be positive about, however, as senior Kent Snoddy recently signed to play Division Three lacrosse at Randolph College. On signing, Snoddy said, “It’s an amazing experience, from my first day and not knowing anything, [to] now I’m here.”



The girls’ varsity team played against Albemarle on April 16 and won 18-3. “We played good, worked hard, kept everyone up, and kept our head in the game,” said senior Montana Dudley. The girls were home against Western Albemarle on April 18, where they prevailed over the Warriors 15-5. It was a dominating performance, with senior Gracie Walton hitting a grand slam and the team hitting strongly overall. “We kept our bats rolling and pretty much everyone got a hit,” said junior Kendra Paschall. Walton recently signed to play softball at Mary Washington University. As for JV softball, they took on Albemarle on the 16th and won. “We went out there and gave it our all and left everything on the field,” said sophomore Heidi Breeden.



The boys’ tennis team faced Western at home on April 18. Although they lost the game, one standout player of the evening was sophomore Billy Ruffa, who was able to get three points off of his opponents. As for the girls’ team, they also lost their overall match to Western, giving them a record to date of 5-2. One highlight for the Flucos was when senior Lydiah Napier and sophomore Molli White won their doubles match.



The track team made their way to Harrisonburg on April 18 for the SHS invitational meet. The boys’ team placed 2nd overall out of 14 teams and the girls placed 4th, both putting on impressive displays. Eli Hartzog finished 1st overall in discus throw and 3rd overall in shot put with over 30 competitors in each event. The boys’ 4×400 and 4×100 team also did well, finishing 2nd overall out of 13 teams involved.  

The girls’ team also competed well, finishing 4th in their 4×400 relay, and having many Lady Flucos near the top of their events. Sophomores Emily Smeds and Emily Beckman took 1st and 2nd in the 3200 meter run