Fluco sports in review: 5/10-5/14

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Shannon Johnson ’21 at a May girls tennis match

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Softball
Lady Flucos softball faced off with Orange County on May 11 and with Louisa on May 13, both resulting in losses. Senior Lindsey Ward said the team needs to start focusing on situation plays in the field and adjusting to different pitching speeds.

“Before last week, we haven’t faced any fast pitching because we played some of the weaker teams in the district, but now that we are in the middle of our season, we need to focus on that,” said Ward. She explained that this year’s team is very young, consisting of seven sophomores, one junior, and only four seniors. “At the beginning of the season, there were only two girls that had ever played a varsity game. We just need to keep working hard in practice and carry everything over to the games,” she added.

Baseball
Varsity baseball took on Orange County on May 11 and Louisa County on May 13, both ending in wins. Junior Grant Brown said they have proved to themselves that they can compete with anyone. “We are a very young team, but coming out on top against two very strong teams says a lot about us and our ability to be unstoppable,” he said.

He added that the past few games were good for the team chemistry wise. “We started to bond and play together while getting a feel for varsity baseball,” he explained, adding “We are technically defending state champs, so we have a big target on our backs.”

Girls Soccer
Lady Flucos soccer went head to head with Louisa on May 10, but ended up falling short to them, and then again on May 13 against Albemarle, resulting in a win. Junior Maggie McWilliams said that the team needs to work harder to prepare them for more difficult opponents. “We have been working hard on faster ball movement and our win on May 13 allowed us to demonstrate that,” she said.

McWilliams noted that the team needs to work on taking advantage of scoring opportunities. “There were many missed scoring opportunities from corner kicks, so we’ve been working on that in practice as well,” she said. She notes that she has confidence that they will perform well against their harder opponents as the season progresses.

Boys Soccer
Boys soccer took on Louisa County on May 10 pulling out the win, but fell to Albemarle on May 13. Sophomore Addison Patchett said Thursday’s win boosted the team’s morale. “We’ve been working really hard in practices and it was nice for it to show off in a game,” he said.

Patchett noted that a big takeaway from both games was that the team needs to be quicker with the ball. “We need to get the ball off our feet quicker and start to work the ball down field so our wings can attack,” he said.

Girls Tennis
The Lady Flucos tennis team took on Louisa on both May 10 and May 13, as well as Albemarle on May 12. Junior Ellie White said it was a successful week with wins from different athletes during the matches. “Every match, even if everyone doesn’t come out with a win for them, is a good learning experience,” White said.

She noted that things they learn from matches, they work hard on in practice. “Our team has grown so much and I’m excited to see how we do as we head toward the end of our season,” she said.

Boys Tennis
Boys tennis faced off against Louisa on both May 10 and May 13, and against Albemarle on May 12. Junior Gus Jones said it was a successful week overall for the team. “We played teams that would normally blow us out, but we managed to go undefeated in doubles,” he said.

He added that despite their losses as a team, they played very competitively. “I feel like the team has improved greatly since the beginning of the season and I can’t wait for next season,” he noted.

Girls Lacrosse
Lady Flucos lacrosse played Albemarle on May 14, but lost. Senior Cassi Wagner said although the team did not win, it was a great learning week and showed the team some areas they could improve on. “As a team, I feel like our confidence has improved in our plays and shooting no matter what team,” she said.

Boys Lacrosse
Fluco lacrosse faced off with Albemarle on May 14, resulting in a loss. Junior Evan Crouch said it was a learning week for the team. “We had some learning that needed to be done on the defensive side and we will take Friday’s game and use it into our games as the season moves on,” he said.

He added that even though the team is not winning every game, he is impressed with how they are looking. “This is the best team I’ve seen in a while and we have great chemistry amongst the guys,” he said. He also noted that the new coach, Coach Ned, has added a great element to the program.

Track
Both boys and girls track ran against Western Albemarle on May 19. Senior R’tia Payne said that it was a learning week for the team. “Everyone is still adapting to the short amount of practice we’ve had and being able to carry it over to the meets,” she said. She added that the heat has been a huge factor for the team and is draining them. “We definitely need to better adapt to the heat and be more prepared by staying hydrated,” she said.

As for the boys, sophomore Jaden Ferguson said that it was a successful week for the team. “We were matched with a very hard team to beat and walked away with the win,” he said.

He added that a big takeaway was that the team needs to learn the importance of all of the field events. “Our field events, such as the jumps and throwing events, were a major source of points,” he said.