April 7 FUMA Athletics Newsletter

The Blue Devil Report from Fork Union Military Academy's Athletic Department is your source for weekly updates on the Fork Union Blue Devils. Here's the latest from @FUMAathletics.

Contents:

  • Athlete of the Week -- Carl Lay (Junior Prep Baseball)
  • Weekly Recap
  • Featured Stories: Outdoor Track & Field, Junior Prep Baseball, Junior Prep Lacrosse
  • Rain Moves Thursday Baseball to Friday at Home
  • Gus Lacy Track Classic Preview (Video)
  • John O'Conner: In Spring Football, Spider 'Dime' Michal Keels '15 Enters Grunt-and-Groan Zone
  • Sign Up for FCA's Sole2Soul 5k on May 13
  • Next week's schedule

FUMA's Athlete of the Week

Carl Lay -- Junior Prep Baseball

Junior Prep baseball's Carl Lay has been named this week's Athlete of the Week. Lay recorded his best performance of his young career this past Tuesday against St. Christopher's as he was exceptional on the mound and at the plate. Lay led Fork Union to a 6-2 victory to remain undefeated on the season at 3-0.

"Carl did a phenomenal job against St. Christopher's. He was one of two pitchers on the mound and hit very well at the plate to help our team win," said head coach Steve Friski.
Lay is an eighth grader from stafford, va

Weekly Recap

  • Sat., Apr. 1 -- Outdoor Track & Field at Vince Bradford Relays -- FIRST
  • Sat., Apr. 1 -- Prep Baseball at Woodberry Forest (DH) -- Loss, 1-11 | Loss, 1-5
  • Tues., Apr. 4 -- Prep Lacrosse vs. Blue Ridge -- Loss, 9-21
  • Tues., Apr. 4 -- Prep Baseball at Trinity Episcopal -- Loss, 0-5
  • Tues., Apr. 4 -- Junior Prep Baseball vs. St. Christopher's -- WIN, 6-2
  • Tues., Apr. 4 -- Junior Prep Lacrosse vs. Blue Ridge -- WIN, 11-5
  • Thurs., Apr. 6 -- Prep Lacrosse vs. Bishop O'Connell -- Loss, 3-17
  • Thurs., Apr. 6 -- Junior Prep Baseball at Saint Anne's Belfield -- CANCELLED
  • Thurs., Apr. 6 -- Junior Prep Lacrosse vs. Bishop O'Connell -- Loss, 0-6

Outdoor Track & Field Wins Vince Bradford Relays Saturday

Saturday, April 1, 2017 -- Meet Recap

LYNCHBURG, VA -- The Fork Union outdoor track and field program won its first meet on the road this season this past Saturday at the Vince Bradford Relays.

"This was a big win for us, being down a very good athlete in Logan Justice. We had some younger athletes step up, including Daniel Reynolds, Joshua Julien and Harrison Duncan. Will Stupalsky was really big in the meet. He scored nearly 30 points. So, it was a good day all around day for us," said head coach Winston Brown.

Fork Union recorded 12 top-five finishes, including two gold medals and five runner-up performances. Junior Will Stupalsky won the pole vault at 13-00.004 ft, while the junior varsity members David Bell, Ian McGlamery and Abdur Dasher won the 4x400-meter relay.

Fork Union will be back in action Saturday, April 8 when it hosts the annual Gus Lacy Track Classic. Competition will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Junior Prep Baseball Remains Undefeated Thanks to 6-2 Win Over St. Christopher's

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 -- Game Recap

FORK UNION, VA – The Fork Union Junior Prep baseball team picked up a 6-2 victory over St. Christopher's to remain undefeated Tuesday afternoon on the Blue Devil's lower field.

"We played all seven innings, which is remarkable in a two-hour time limit. Our pitching has been very solid the past two games. Jackson Manglicmot and Carl Lay both had very good performances on the mound. Those two only struck out two players, which means we put the ball in play," said head coach Steve Friski.

Eighth-graders Jackson Manglicmot and Carl Lay shined on the mound for the Blue Devils, while Lay put the ball in play at the plate.

The win improved Fork Union to 3-0 on the season.

The Blue Devils return to action Tuesday, April 11 when they travel to St. Christopher's for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch.

Fork Union was scheduled to play Thursday, April 6 but the game was rained out and it has yet to be rescheduled.

Junior Prep Lacrosse Defeats Blue Ridge, 11-5, Tuesday

Tuesday, April 6, 2017 -- Game Recap

FORK UNION, VA -- The Junior Prep lacrosse team defeated Blue Ridge, 11-5, Tuesday evening at the Stadium Field.

“In today’s Junior Prep game against the Blue Ridge School we saw an example of how ‘hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard’. The effort put forth by our team in practices leading up to this game is definitely showing. It is clear that the future of the Fork Union Lacrosse Program is strong,” said head coach Jon Greenspon.

Fork Union dominated on offense as two Blue Devils recorded multiple goals, including Corey Fraser and John Meheen. Fraser and Meheen each recorded five shots and three goals each, while Meheen picked up five ground balls.

Jackson Simon, Blake Chiovaro, Dominic Palko, Henry Hosking and Vaughn Messner each scored one goal.

Defensively, Fork Union had a phenomenal performance, limiting a strong Blue Ridge team to just five goals. Sophomore Alec Springsteen played an incredible game in goal with more than a dozen saves.

In addition to Springsteen, Robbie Wood, Javion Watson and Luke Antesberger all made a huge effort on defense.

“We are better now than we were yesterday. We still have work to do, but all who follow Fork Union lacrosse know this: our team will continue to build on the success found in the Blue Ridge game. I expect our athletes to live the core values of Fork Union. Today, not only did we show Respect, we might have earned a little as well,” said Greenspon.

The Blue Devils return to action Tuesday, April 11 when they travel to Collegiate for a 4:30 p.m. start time.

Rain Moves Thursday Prep Baseball to Friday at 4 PM

FORK UNION, VA -- Due to inclement weather, today's Prep and Junior Prep baseball games have been cancelled. Prep baseball versus Trinity Episcopal School has been rescheduled to Friday, April 7 at 4 p.m. on the upper Fork Union baseball field. The game will be streamed on the Cube. Click here to view.

The rescheduled date for the Junior Prep baseball versus Saint Anne's Belfield has not been determined.

Watch the Prep baseball game LIVE on The Cube!

2017 Gus Lacy Track Classic

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -- Meet Preview

Fork Union Military Academy is set to host the 18th annual Gus Lacy Track Classic Saturday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gus Lacy Track.

Event Schedule

  • 10:00 AM -- Scratch Meeting
  • 10:30 AM -- Middle School Events (100 & 800)
  • 10:30 AM -- Field Events Begin
  • 11:40 AM -- National Anthem
  • 12:00 PM -- Running Events Begin (girls followed by boys)

The 2017 Gus Lacy Honoree

Jeremy Haney

Fork Union Military Academy, 2008 | U.S. Naval Academy, 2012

Gus Lacy Track Classic Event Honorees

  • Girls 4x800 -- Ned Hardy
  • Boys 4x800 -- Chris Dow
  • Girls 100 HH -- Cyde Gross
  • Boys 110 HH -- Mike Quick
  • Girls 100 -- Will Banks
  • Boys 100 -- Sonny Randle
  • Girls 1600 -- Avery Martin
  • Boys 1600 -- Jeremy Haney
  • Girls 4x100 -- O'Neill Combs
  • Boys 4x100 -- Billy Duke
  • Girls 400 -- Jamie Reichlen
  • Boys 400 -- Peter Lomong
  • Girls 300 LH -- Levord Burns
  • Boys 300 IH -- Eddie George
  • Girls 800 -- Axel Mostrag
  • Boys 800 -- Alex Lomong
  • Girls 200 -- D.J. Randle El
  • Boys 200 -- Andre Parker
  • Girls 3200 -- Andrew Rademaker
  • Boys 3200 -- Kippy Keino
  • Girls 4x400 -- Caleb Haney
  • Boys 4x400 -- Michael Idziak
  • Girls Shot Put -- Russell Bodine
  • Boys Shot Put -- Roman Oben
  • Girls Discus -- Jordan Roach
  • Boys Discus -- Lowell Vaught
  • Girls Pole Vault -- Staton Mayfield
  • Boys Pole Vault -- Braxton Davenport
  • Girls High Jump -- Don Majkowski
  • Boys High Jump -- Brian Zitterkopf
  • Girls Triple Jump -- Ike Marshall
  • Boys Triple Jump -- Brandon Caleb
  • Girls Long Jump -- Austin Ofoma
  • Boys Long Jump -- Eddie Jones

In Spring Football, Spider 'Dime' Micah Keels '15 Enters Grunt-and-Groan Zone

By: John O'Connor Richmond Times-Dispatch

Micah Keels, FUMA Class of '15, extended his arms Tuesday afternoon to show bruises that weren't present when Keels played cornerback for the University of Richmond the past two years.

Keels moved into to the grunt-and-groan zone this spring. His body is acclimating to the brutality of the box.

With the new 4-2-5 defense that first-year coach Russ Huesman uses, there are five defensive backs on the field at all times. One, however, is a safety-linebacker hybrid with run-support responsibility to go with coverage duty. That's Keels, a rising junior.

Huesman calls players who fill this position his "dimes."

Keels, who started nine times as a cornerback the past two seasons, said he viewed the spring invitation to become a "dime" as an opportunity to demonstrate "I can be versatile. I'm used to just playing outside, but there are a lot of opportunities to make plays now."

Generally in football vernacular, a fifth defensive back is a "nickel." The sixth usually is referred to as a "dime," a coverage man inserted only on third-and-20, or some other highly likely passing situation. Huesman, who directed Chattanooga's Southern Conference program the past eight years, said he's not quite sure how the fifth defensive back in his scheme came to be known as a "dime."

Perhaps the tag is designed as a double-down on a two-way defender who the coach hopes will be twice as impactful as a "nickel."

Keels, a 6-foot-3 resident of Washington, weighed 168 when he signed with UR in February 2015. He is 190 pounds now and intends to report to August camp around 200.

"He fits it nicely. That was a pretty easy decision to make there," Huesman said of Keels. "You could probably take any of the corners and do it, but ideally, you'd like a more physical guy there. He's doing really well. That position, and we've told him this, can be such a dynamic play-making position, (with) tackles, interceptions, pass breakups."

The Spiders, who employed a conventional 4-3-4 base defense last year, began spring ball on March 14.

"We've finished installing most of our stuff, so I've learned a lot of it," Keels said of his new job. "It's definitely a lot of fun. I get to fly around and make more tackles. At corner, I was sitting back. But I'm still kind of a corner, where I can still play one-on-one in coverage, so I like it a lot."

All Spiders, to a certain extent, are learning fresh ways of doing things with Huesman and his staff.

"You can see people grasping the concepts of what we're trying to teach them. They're really bright kids," Huesman said before Tuesday's practice. "I've been pleased with a lot of things. Obviously, we still have a ways to go. If we didn't, we'd stop spring practice right now."

Identifying depth along the offensive line is a spring priority for a program that returns 15 players among the 22 who started on last season's 10-4 team that advanced to the quarterfinals in the FCS playoffs under Danny Rocco, now Delaware's coach.

Are You Signed Up for the Sole2Soul 5k?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

  • Location: Fork Union Military Academy
  • Dates: Saturday, May 13 2017, 7:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
  • Address: 4744 James Madison Hwy, Fork Union, VA 23055
  • Time Schedule: After registering a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with race day details and directions
  • Check-in: 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
  • Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Raffle: 10:00 a.m.

Up Next in FUMA Athletics

  • Sat., Apr. 8 -- Outdoor Track & Field vs. Gus Lacy Track Classic -- 10:30 AM
  • Sat., Apr. 8 -- Prep Baseball at Highland School -- CANCELLED
  • Sat., Apr. 8 -- Prep Lacrosse vs. Trinity Episcopal (at Benedictine) -- 10:00 AM
  • Sat., Apr. 8 -- Prep Lacrosse vs. Steward School (at Benedictine) -- 12:00 PM
  • Sat., Apr. 8 -- Prep Lacrosse at Benedictine High School -- 2:00 PM
  • Tues., Apr. 11 -- Prep Baseball vs. Saint Anne's Belfield -- 4:00 PM*
  • Tues., Apr. 11 -- Junior Prep Tennis vs. Covenant School -- 4:00 PM
  • Tues., Apr. 11 -- Junior Prep Baseball at St. Christopher's School -- 4:30 PM
  • Tues., Apr. 11 -- Prep Lacrosse at Fluvanna High School -- 4:30 PM
  • Tues., Apr. 11 -- Junior Prep Lacrosse at Collegiate School -- 4:30 PM
  • Wed., Apr. 12 -- Outdoor Track & Field vs. Fork Union Invitational -- 4:00 PM
  • Wed., Apr. 12 -- Junior Prep Lacrosse at Fluvanna High School -- 4:30 PM
  • Thurs., Apr. 13 -- Prep Lacrosse at Hargrave Military Academy --- 4:00 PM
  • Thurs., Apr. 13 -- Junior Prep Baseball vs. Saint Anne's Belfield -- 4:00 PM
  • Thurs., Apr. 13 -- Prep Baseball at Saint Anne's Belfield -- 5:00 PM
  • Fri., Apr. 14 -- Prep Baseball vs. Virginia Patriots -- 2:00 PM*

Bold and Italics denote home contests.

* Denotes games being streamed on the Cube.

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