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
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)