February 17 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 - Detwon Shelton (Prep Basketball)
  • Weekly Recap
  • Featured Stories: PG Basketball, Middle School Basketball, Indoor Track & Field
  • Athletic Department Announces New Website
  • New Blythewood Football Coach worked in the Business World until 2012
  • Redskins' Moses leads High Schoolers on Tour of Black History Museum
  • Next week's schedule

Athlete of the Week

Detwon Shelton -- Prep Basketball

Prep basketball's Detwon Shelton has been named this week's Athlete of the Week. Shelton led the team with a double-double against St. Christopher's, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. In addition to his double-double, the senior guard also tallied three assists and three blocks.

The Richmond, Va., native also led the team to a victory over Christchurch, tallying 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, five steals and four blocks.

"Shelton had a strong week of basketball. He continues to lead the team on and off the court. In three offensive categories, Shelton leads the team with 15.3 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game and 1.9 steals per game." -- Coach Pelham

Weekly Recap

  • Fri., Feb. 10 -- Middle School Basketball at Charlottesville Catholic, WIN, 36-32
  • Fri., Feb. 10 -- Junior Prep Basketball at Christchurch -- WIN, 48-38
  • Fri., Feb. 10 -- Prep Basketball at Christchurch -- WIN, 55-52
  • Fri., Feb. 10 -- PG Basketball vs. Saint Ignatios Prep -- WIN, 94-86 OT
  • Sat., Feb. 10 -- Indoor Track & Field at Virginia Prep League Championships -- SECOND
  • Sat., Feb. 10 -- PG Basketball vs. Saint Ignatios Prep -- WIN, 102-53
  • Tues., Feb. 14 -- Middle School Basketball vs. Charlottesville Catholic -- WIN, 31-28
  • Tues., Feb. 14 -- Junior Prep Basketball at Saint Anne's Belfield -- WIN, 54-46
  • Tues., Feb. 14 -- Prep Basketball at Saint Anne's Belfield -- LOSS, 54-78
  • Tues., Feb. 14 -- PG Basketball vs. #15 Massanutten Military -- WIN, 83-79 OT

Basketball Goes Undefeated on Friday

Friday, February 10, 2017 -- Game Recaps

FORK UNION, Va. -- All four Fork Union basketball programs went undefeated this past Friday. The three undergraduate programs picked up victories on the road, while PG Basketball hosted Saint Ignatios at home.

Middle School basketball started things off at Charlottesville Catholic, defeating the squad, 36-32. Junior Prep and Prep basketball took their final road trip of the season to Christchurch, sweeping both squads, 48-38 and 55-52, respectively.

The Post Graduate squad capped the night off with an exciting overtime victory over Saint Ignatios. Saint Ignatios trailed throughout the entire game, before inching its way to a buzzer-beater at the end of regulation. But the Blue Devils came on top throughout the extra period for a 94-86 victory.

Fork Union basketball is coming to a close as the PG and Prep teams are still in action. PG Basketball returns to the court this weekend when it travels to Annapolis, Md., to face Navy's JV squad at 7 p.m. on Friday before facing Navy Prep Saturday at 10 a.m. Both games will be held at Halsey Field House (52 King George Street, Annapolis, MD 21402).

Prep Basketball is awaiting its fate in the Virginia Prep League Tournament. The conference will announce the seeding on Monday, Feb. 20.

Indoor Track & Field Places Second at Prep League Championships

Saturday, February 11, 2017 -- Meet Recap

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Fork Union indoor track and field program placed second at the 2017 Virginia Prep League Championships this past weekend at St. Christopher's. The Saints placed first in the meet.

"We had a good day with some room to improve for next week," said head track and field coach Winston Brown. "Will Stupalsky did an excellent job navigating a busy schedule of events. Ebruba Etta and Logan Justice were sensational as was Reynold Walbrook. I am really proud of Julian Yescas' performance as it was his best of the year."

Fork Union was led by Julian Yescas' strong performance as the junior won both the 1000 and 1600 meter races. Ebruba Etta also got in on the act with a victory in the 500 meter dash and Logan Justice won the 300. Justice also ran on a runner-up relay squad in the 4×200. Sophomore Will Stupalsky finished second in the pole vault and also took third in the long jump and triple jump as well as seventh in the 55 hurdles.

The Blue Devils continue the postseason this weekend when they head to the VISAA State Meet at St. Christopher's on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m.

Final Team Scores:

  1. St. Christopher's: 150
  2. Fork Union Military Academy: 96
  3. Woodberry Forest School: 86
  4. Collegiate School: 74
  5. Norfolk Academy: 29
  6. Trinity Episcopal School: 28

PG Basketball Finishes Home Slate Undefeated with Thrilling Massanutten Win

FORK UNION, Va. – The Fork Union Post Graduate basketball team picked up a crucial overtime win over No. 15-ranked Massanutten Military Academy, 83-79, Tuesday night at the Thomas Gym.

With the win, Fork Union improved to 22-3 overall and finished its home slate undefeated with 13 victories.

The Blue Devils were led by guard LePear Toles and forward Lamont McManus, who both recorded double-doubles. The duo tallied 19 points apiece, while Toles grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds with McManus following with 10 of his own.

"I was really proud of the team for the resiliency they showed last night against a super talented Massanutten," said head coach Matt Donohue. "We went down 10 in the second half and battled back to tie it up at the end of regulation. The game went to overtime where we were able to pull off the victory. Playing at home is always an absolute treat for us. Anyone who has been to a home game at Fork Union understands that the atmosphere in Thomas is second to none. The cadet corps takes over the gym. They bring a unique and intimidating energy which helps the team to overcome difficult situations."

Fork Union returns to action Friday, Feb. 17 when it travels to Annapolis, Md., to face Navy at 7 p.m.

Middle School Basketball Hosts End of the Season Celebration

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Middle School basketball program hosted its end of the season celebration at the Sabre Shop this past Monday. Director of Athletics and head coach Brooks Berry led the team in prayer before discussing the teams core values and milestones the squad has accomplished.

As the team enjoyed pizza, chicken wings, french fries and drinks, Coach Berry introduced special guest Samba Johnson who is an assistant basketball coach at Lynchburg College. Coach Johnson discussed the importance of loving your neighbor, loving the game and appreciating what Fork Union teaches.

The celebration ended with a team ping pong tournament. Each player was given a seed in the round-robin bracket and the No. 1-seeded Marcus Billingslea was named Champion.

Marcus Billingslea, Middle School Basketball Ping Pong Champion

The squad finished the 2016-17 season with a 7-7 record thanks to two-straight victories down the stretch.

Athletic Department Launches New Official Website

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Fork Union Athletic Department launched its new official athletics website this past Monday. The Department partnered with SIDEARM Sports, the leading collegiate athletic website provider in the country, to provide an unique site catered to Fork Union Athletics.

The Official Home of Fork Union Athletics gives you all the information you need about athletics, including team pages, schedules, directories, up-to-date news, photos and a lot more.

So, visit and bookmark: athletics.forkunion.com!

The homepage allows you to view the top five news releases about Fork Union Athletics, shows you the upcoming athletic events, and gives you the option to view a sports page (under sports), schedule page (under schedules), donate to Fork Union Athletics and to apply to Fork Union Military Academy.

When you scroll down.

The #FUMATV section is where all the Fork Union Athletics YouTube videos are. You can subscribe to the YouTube Channel by clicking the Subscribe + button at the bottom right-hand corner.

When you scroll down.

The #FORKUNIONSTRONG section gives you easy access to Fork Union Athletics' social media pages: Twitter (@FUMAathletics), Instagram (@FUMAathletics) and Facebook (/FUMAathletics).

Click and drag to the left to view more tweets and Instragram posts, and scroll down to view all the Facebook posts.

Click the star icons on the top right corner for each social media page and follow FUMA Athletics!

When you hover over SPORTS a drop down menu comes down and gives you the option to click on any sports page. The sports page gives you the specific sport's top five news releases, schedule, roster, photo galleries, coaching staff and much more.

The roster pages allow you to meet each athlete, in addition to viewing their Hudl pages (only for post graduate sports), grade level and where the athlete is from.

Please allow time for Fork Union Athletics to upload each roster. The winter sports should be completed soon, followed by the spring sports once the season starts.

The SCHEDULES option give you a quick way to view a team's schedule. You can also subscribe to your favorite sports team and it syncs the schedule to your computer or smartphone.

Click the subscribe with dropdown menu on the schedule page and it gives you options to download the schedule. If you want the schedule to import to your smartphone, go to athletics.forkunion.com on your phone, click schedules and the specific schedule you would like and select Import.

INSIDE ATHLETICS gives you all the information you need about the Athletic Department. You can meet the Athletic Training staff and all the rules and regulations, you can learn about the athletic facilities, Hall of Fame members, view the photo galleries, staff directory, Blue Devil Report archives and go to Fork Union's Cube page.

The Athletic Department hopes you enjoy the new official website!

New Blythewood Football Coach Worked in the Business World Until 2012

By Lou Bezjack (lbezjak@thestate.com)

Brian Smith (FUMA PG Class of 1996) imagined his life would be different if he had continued to work in the financial world.

The new Blythewood football coach was a commodities broker for two years before getting back into back into coaching, a decision he doesn’t regret.

“I was doing well. Made more in month than in a year as a teacher, but I still had a hole in my heart,” Smith said. “I would have had a different life if I stayed in business but a less impactful life. I would have missed out on a lot of things that the good Lord didn’t want me to miss out on. I just couldn’t live without football.”

Smith said his experience in business, which also included a stint as a project manager for Gamble & Stuckey and then later as president of Caillech Funds, helped shape him. At Caillech Funds, Smith said they traded everything from hogs and silver to gold and soybeans.

“It prepares you for pressure. You never felt more pressure than when you are dealing with other people’s money,” Smith said.

Smith will be one of 10 new coaches in the Midlands next season with three in Region 5-5A, joining River Bluff’s Blair Hardin and Lexington’s Perry Woolbright.

The 39-year-old grew up in Massachusetts and was a big fan of Boston-area sports teams. He remembers going with his grandpa to New England Patriots and Boston College games.

Smith was a football standout at Lynn Classical High School. He tore his ACL during his senior season and ended up going Fork Union Military Academy, which has turned out several NFL players.

Smith spent one season at Fork Union and was teammates with former Giants and Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress before landing at The Citadel, where he played linebacker and later was an assistant coach for two seasons.

He got back into business before becoming an assistant at Manning High and later landed a head coaching job at C.E. Murray, a small Class A school in Williamsburg County. He said several of his friends told him not to take the position because it was a “dead-end job.”

Prior to Smith’s arrival in 2013, the school had just one winning season since 2000 and had won more than 10 games in a season only once.

After two losing seasons, C.E. Murraywon a school-record 12 games and advanced to the Class A Division II championship game for the first time in school history while dealing with the floods that hit the area hard that year.

C.E. Murray followed that with a second straight region championship this past season. The winning helped create exposure for the school and players. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp visited the school last month and extended an offer to junior Darius Rush.

“It took hard work and getting the community involved. But that helped me to become a better coach and person,” Smith said. “We dealt with the flood last year that knocked us out about a month and the hurricane this year. It was a lot of adversity and you learn through it. It either makes you or breakes you.”

At Blythewood, Smith won’t be in a rebuilding mode. The Bengals have had just two losing seasons in 10 years of football and produced several Division I players, including Arizona Cardinals all-pro Justin Bethel.

Smith also won’t have the little tasks he had to do at C.E. Murray, which included working on the football field and even acting as janitor at times.

“Now, I will have time to focus on football and character stuff for our guys, get the community more involved,” Smith said. “That will enable us to build a national program, which is what I want to do here.”

Redskins' Moses leads high schoolers on tour of Black History Museum

By Michael Phillips, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Offensive lineman Morgan Moses (FUMA PG Class of 2009), having found success in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, is focusing on giving back to his community.

On Thursday, Moses took about 50 high school students from Armstrong and the Church Hill Academy on a tour of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center on Leigh Street.

He told the students his story of failing to get the grades needed to play college football, then dedicating himself to his schoolwork and ultimately graduating from the University of Virginia.

Moses, who attended Meadowbrook High School, is sponsoring scholarships for high school sophomores and juniors to allow access to online tutors — applications are due by Feb. 28 and are on the Morgan Moses Foundation’s website.

Before the museum tour, Moses recounted for the students his struggles in school, and how a year at Fork Union Military Academy ultimately helped him get his grades in order.

Moses was one of the most highly recruited athletes to come out of the Richmond area, but didn’t meet NCAA grade requirements to play college football.

He said he remembered first arriving at Fork Union, where the military-style atmosphere was a shock — he had to cut his hair, march in formation and keep his room spotless. He said he realized, though, that it was one last chance to realize his football dreams.

“All your life you’ve been given ways to get out of things,” he said he told himself. “Your football has taken you this far. Now you’ve hit this bump in the road. How are you going to overcome this obstacle?

“And I learned more in one year there than I learned in four years at high school,” Moses said, of how he chose to apply himself to his schoolwork. “It taught me how to move through obstacles.”

Students also heard from Brian Culbreth of the Princeton Review, who gave tips for taking standardized tests, and Gary King of Armstrong, who spoke about his goal of having many of the athletes from Armstrong advance to playing college sports, which he said will require paying extra attention to academics.

The group then toured the museum, which opened less than a year ago. Moses fielded questions from the students, who were interested in both his size (6-foot-6, 340 pounds) and his journey.

On the field, he’s preparing for his fourth season with the Redskins, where he is the starting right tackle. Moses has one season remaining on his contract, but is eligible to sign an extension with the Redskins beginning this offseason.

The Redskins will return to Richmond for their annual training camp in late July.

Up Next in FUMA Athletics

  • Fri., Feb. 17 -- Indoor Track & Field at Junior Varsity Invitational -- 3:00 PM
  • Fri., Feb. 17 -- Wrestling at VISAA State Championships -- 4:00 PM
  • Fri., Feb. 17 -- Swimming at VISAA State Championships -- 6:25 PM
  • Fri., Feb. 17 -- PG Basketball at Navy -- 7:00 PM
  • Sat., Feb. 18 -- Indoor Track & Field at VISAA State Championships -- 10:00 AM
  • Sat., Feb. 18 -- PG Basketball vs. Navy Prep (at Navy) -- 10:00 AM
  • Tues., Feb. 21 -- Prep Basketball at Prep League Tournament -- TBD
  • Fri., Feb. 24 -- PG Basketball vs. Massanutten Military (at Hargrave) -- 6:00 PM
  • Fri., Feb. 24 -- Prep Basketball at Prep League Tournament -- TBD
  • Fri., Feb. 24 -- Wrestling at National Prep Tournament -- TBD

Bold and Italics denote home contests.

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