December 9 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 - Tamas Novoszath
  • Weekly Recap
  • Featured Stories: PG Basketball, Junior Prep Basketball, Wrestling, PG Football
  • Next week's schedule
  • COL Fender Tribute - The Best of the Best

Athlete of the Week

Tamas Novoszath -- Swimming

Fork Union Swimming's Tamas Novoszath competed this past week at the AT&T Winter National meet held at the McCauley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. This meet is USA Swimming's premier short course national championship meet and attracts some of the fastest swimmers in the United States. Novoszath, a distance freestyler from Hungary, swam in the 500 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, and 1650 Freestyle over the four day competition.

Novoszath rose to the occasion, dropping four seconds off his personal best and posting the 11th fastest time (4:23.32) at the meet in the 500 Free, dropping two seconds and posting the 9th fastest time (1:37.47) at the meet in the 200 Free, and posting the 20th fastest time (15:30.32) at the meet in the 1650 Free. All of these swims were fast enough to earn him spots in the evening finals and were new school records.

This has been a very successful season for Novoszath, as he now owns six out of the nine school records that have been broken this year. Fork Union Swimming will be back in action for the Fork Union Christmas Invitational on 10 December and then will travel to the University of Pittsburgh on 15-18 December for the PITT Christmas Invitational.

“Tamas had an incredible meet. For him to take off that kind of time and to not only qualify for the finals, but win them is pretty big. He definitely has a bright future ahead of him.” -- Coach Campbell

Weekly Recap

  • Sat., Dec. 3 -- Indoor Track at Real Deal Track Classic: Eighth
  • Sat., Dec. 3 -- PG Basketball vs. Washington Academy: WIN, 69-52
  • Tues., Dec. 6 -- Middle School Basketball vs. Collegiate: LOSS, 28-42
  • Tues., Dec. 6 -- Junior Prep Basketball vs. Blue Ridge: WIN, 42-40
  • Tues., Dec. 6 -- Prep Basketball vs. Blue Ridge: LOSS, 40-81
  • Tues., Dec. 6 -- PG Basketball vs. Virginia Prep Sports Academy: WIN, 103-35
  • Wed., Dec. 7 -- Wrestling vs. Albemarle High School: WIN, 66-18
  • Wed., Dec. 7 -- Wrestling vs. Grace Christian School: WIN, 55-23
  • Wed., Dec. 7 -- Wrestling vs. Charlottesville: WIN, 84-0
  • Wed., Dec. 7 -- Indoor Track vs. FUMA Mini Invitational: First

PG Basketball Dominates Virginia Prep Sports Academy, 103-35

Tuesday, December 6 -- Game Recap

The Fork Union PG basketball team dominated the Virginia Prep Sports Academy in a 103-35 victory this past Tuesday at the Thomas Gym.

Seth O'Neal led the team with 19 points, while Blake Burdack crashed the boards with a team-high nine rebounds.

"We are happy with how well we defended. It's exciting to that we're playing so well at the end of the floor going into the always challenging Fork Union Christmas Tournament this weekend." -- Coach Donohue

Fork Union will return to the court Friday, Dec. 9 when it hosts the annual Fork Union Christmas Tournament. Hargrave Military Academy and Spire Institute will start the four-team event with a 6 p.m. contest, prior to the Blue Devils' 8 p.m. game against Mt. Zion Christian Academy.

Junior Prep Basketball Rallies for 42-40 Win over Blue Ridge

Tuesday, December 6 -- Game Recap

The Fork Union Junior Prep basketball team kicked off a triple-header Tuesday in the Thomas Gym with a 42-40 victory over Blue Ridge.

The contest consisted of back-and-forth play before the Blue Devils went on a 10-0 run in the final minutes of the game, which eventually secured the contest.

Iosefa Pua'auli paced the Fork Union comeback, as the sophomore finished with 15 points, while James Pua'auli-Pelham finished with with a team-high six assists.

"We started off slow in our second contest of the season, which we expected. I was extremely proud of our guys with the way they fought through adversity and finished the game in the second half. The resilient bunch were able to come from as many as eight points behind in the second half to rally for our second win of the season. " -- Coach Stephen Barnette

The undefeated Blue Devils (2-0) return to action Wednesday when they travel to Millwood School for a 4:30 p.m. tip-off.

PG Football Celebrates Departure with 2016 CanAm Federation Bowl

Monday, December 5 -- Game Recap

The Fork Union PG football team celebrated its half-year departures with the 2016 CanAm Federation Bowl, which consisted of roughly 36 players who traveled down from Canada to compete against the Blue Devils in front of about 100 college recruiters, Monday morning.

The day started off with a parent's meeting with Coach Shuman, before the two teams ran out to the football practice fields for several one-on-one drills for the college recruiters to evaluate. Following the drills, Fork Union and the Canadian team played a full game that resulted in a 20-0 Blue Devil victory.

"The CanAm Bowl was of the utmost success. We were greeted by a good Canadian team and one Australian player. We had 12 former players at the event, who all are affiliated with a college program. Any event with FUMA alumni is outstanding. Our staff worked hard to put on the game and it showed. Many of our players received offers and are headed in the direction of college football. The CanAm team left impressed and very happy. Plus, the final score of 20-0 gave us our ninth win of the season." -- Coach Shuman

Wrestling Sweeps Albemarle Invitational

Wednesday, December 7 -- Meet Recap

The Fork Union wrestling team traveled to Albemarle High School to compete against host Albemarle High School, Grace Christian School and Charlottesville High School Wednesday evening.

The team finished the night undefeated, defeating Albemarle 66-18, Grace Christian 55-23, and for the first time in over 15 years, recorded an 84-0 shutout of Charlottesville. This is known as a perfect score in wrestling, and is a rare feat.

Going undefeated (3-0) on the night were: Hollan Biss, Andrew Morris, Zion Phifer, Tim Bolton, Gavin Tomchick, Mathew Dively, Cameron Wheelhouse, and Jacob Marks.

Albemarle graciously offered a moment of silence to honor Colonel Fender, and the team dedicated the evening, and each of their victories in his honor.

The team hosts the Blue Devil Invitational this Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Estes Athletic Center.

Up Next in FUMA Athletics

  • Fri., Dec. 9 -- Prep Basketball at Fishburne Tournament: 4:30 PM

2016 Fork Union PG Basketball Christmas Tournament

  • Fri., Dec. 9 -- Hargrave Military Academy vs. Spire Institute: 6:00 PM
  • Fri., Dec. 9 -- Fork Union vs. Mount Zion Christian Academy: 8:00 PM
  • Sat., Dec. 10 -- Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 (Consolation): 2:00 PM
  • Sat., Dec. 10 -- Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 (Championship): 4:00 PM
  • Sat. Dec. 10 -- Wrestling vs. Blue Devil Invitational: 9:00 AM
  • Sat., Dec. 10 -- Swimming vs. FUMA Christmas Invitational: 12:00 PM
  • Sat., Dec. 10 -- Prep Basketball at Fishburne Tournament: 4:30 PM or 6:00 PM
  • Tues., Dec. 13 -- Middle School Basketball vs. Woodberry Forest: 4:00 PM
  • Wed., Dec. 14 -- Wrestling at Fishburne/Charlottesville/VES
  • Wed., Dec. 14 -- Indoor Track vs. FUMA Mini Invitational: 4:00 PM
  • Wed., Dec. 14 -- Junior Prep Basketball at Millwood School: 4:30 PM
  • Wed., Dec. 14 -- Prep Basketball at Millwoo School: 6:30 PM
  • Sat., Dec. 17 -- Wrestling at Heritage Invitational
  • Thurs., Dec. 15 - Sun., Dec. 18 -- Swimming at PITT Christmas Invitational

Bold and Italics denote home contests.

COL A. Duane Fender

"The Best of the Best"

On Tuesday, December 6 the Fork Union Military Academy family lost one of it's best, COL A. Duane Fender. After completing a postgraduate year at FUMA in 1979, Fender went on to play college football at The Citadel before coming back home to Fork Union where he has spent the last 33 years.

The Summerville, S.C., native held many roles at the Academy, including a TAC Officer, varsity football assistant, Deputy Commandant, Assistant Director of Admissions, Manager of the Sabre Shop, Activities Director, Transportation Officer, Assistant Athletic Director for Building and Grounds, and most recently the Commandant of Cadets.

Here is what current and former head athletic coaches say about one of Fork Union's finest:

Duane Fender had everything in its proper perspective, faith, family, and friends. -- Coach Winston Brown (Head Track & Field Coach)
Duane Fender was a Fork Union man to the core. He believed in what this school stands for and did everything he could to uphold the standards of FUMA and FUMA athletics. The things I will miss the most about Duane are the honest discussions we had about everything from FUMA and FUMA athletics to life in general, but most of all I will miss his sense of humor and his laugh that made it impossible not to laugh with him. -- Coach Micky Sullivan (Former Director of Athletics and Head Prep Football Coach)
Duane Fender was a great man and an amazing friend. Thomas Gym will never be the same without his periodic stops to watch practice and games, offer words of encouragement to the team, or just to say hello. He really personified everything that this Academy represents. We’re going to miss him. -- Coach Matt Donohue (Head PG Basketball Coach)
In reading the many tributes by alumni in the social media, there's one thing about Coach Fender that stands out for me. He was genuinely interested in whatever a particular cadet wanted to talk about. Be it sports, music, schoolwork, drill team, the girl back home . . . whatever that cadet found interesting or important, interested him. -- Coach Fred Hardy (Former Head Track & Field Coach)
Duty • Decency • Reliability • Honor • Dignity • Respect • These are the qualities Duane Fender not only held, but practiced every day during his time as one of my assistant coaches, as well as a leader on the Fork Union staff. -- Coach John Shuman (Head PG Football Coach)
I just think he was a person that was very much involved with Fork Union. I think he was involved in any way and I don't think that any job scared him. I just think it is a very troubling thing because he should have had a life even right now, which will carry on for years and years and years to help influence the cadets there at Fork Union Military Academy. Duane Fender was right on the brink of really turning Fork Union around in certain aspects. -- Coach Fletcher Arritt (Former Head PG Basketball Coach)

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