March 24 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.


  • Weekly Recap
  • Featured Stories: Junior Prep Baseball, Prep Lacrosse
  • Winter Sports Awards Released
  • Sullivan to be Inducted in Inaugural VISAA Hall of Fame Class
  • Former PG Basketball Assistant Named Head Coach at West Virginia Wesleyan
  • A Year of Growth for McKinley Grad LePear Toles
  • Next week's schedule

Weekly Recap

  • Mon., Mar. 20 -- Prep Baseball at Louisa High School (Scrimmage) -- WIN, 4-3
  • Thurs., Mar. 23 -- Prep Lacrosse vs. Trinity Episcopal School -- LOSS, 7-9
  • Thurs., Mar. 23 -- Junior Prep Baseball vs. Collegiate School -- WIN, 11-7
  • Thurs., Mar. 23 -- Junior Prep Lacrosse vs. Trinity Episcopal School -- LOSS, 3-13

Junior Prep Baseball Opens Season with an 11-7 Victory Over Collegiate

Thursday, March 23, 2017 -- Game Recap

FORK UNION, VA -- The Fork Union Junior Prep baseball team opened its season with an 11-7 victory over Collegiate School Thursday in a game that was halted after five innings due to a predetermined time limit.

"I was very pleased with how our guys performed in their first game of the season. What impressed me the most were our at bats. All nine guys put the ball in play, which speaks volumes after coming back from Spring Break," said head coach Steve Friski.

Freshman Carter Crawford led Fork Union at the plate and on the hill, going three-for-three with a triple, while making his first start on the mound and later closing the contest.

The Blue Devils return to the diamond Tuesday, March 28 when they host the Virginia Patriots at 4 p.m.

All Junior Prep baseball games will be played on the lower field next to the Estes Athletic Center.

Prep Lacrosse Falls to Trinity Episcopal Thursday

Thursday, March 24, 2017 -- Game Recap

FORK UNION, VA – The Fork Union lacrosse program fell to Trinity Episcopal School, 9-7, Wednesday afternoon at the Stadium Field.

"We came out strong in the beginning of the game, but became complacent around halftime. Trinity was able to take advantage of this, and we could not get back on track," said head coach Nate Thiel.

The Blue Devils came out strong and raced out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter before going into halftime up 4-2. After the break, Trinity outscored Fork Union 7-3 in the final 24 minutes of the contest.

Zach Miller led the squad with two goals and four assists and 13 face-off wins on 20 attempts, while Jonathan Walker tallied two goals and two assists. Walker leads the squad with 10 goals in two games this season.

In the cage, Chandler Ragland recorded 12 saves on 21 shots.

Fork Union (1-1) will return to action Tuesday, March 28 when it hosts New Covenant at 4 p.m.

FUMA Athletics Announces Winter Awards

Wednesday, March 22

FORK UNION, VA -- The Fork Union Athletic Department hosted a Winter Awards Ceremony and honored student-athletes from Prep, Junior Prep and Middle School basketball, swimming and diving, indoor track and field and wrestling.

Student-athletes received sport-specific awards, while also being honored for All-Viriginia Prep League and All-State honors. The awards are below:


The three Prep basketball awards were selected by team votes. Each player and coach were give one vote for whom they thought deserved each award.

PLAY HARD AWARD: Detwon Shelton

Given to a player who plays hard during practice, games and whatever else the team does. The player gives his all regardless of the score and never gives up.

“Shelton has been a three-year starter for Fork Union and a two-time All-Prep League performer. He has come a long way on and off the court since arriving to Fork Union. Shelton led our offense in five out of six statistical categories. He was always willing to give his all and he deserves the college scholarship he has earned,” said head coach James Pelham.

Cadet Detwon Shelton is the son of Timika Hall of Chesterfield, Va. The senior has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a sophomore. Shelton is a two-time All-Prep honoree.

PLAY SMART AWARD: Maccall Warner

Given to the player that uses good judgement on and off the court, does what the coach asks and makes wise decisions. The player gives good advice to better the team.

“This is Warner's second year playing Prep basketball. He's gone from barely playing his junior season to leading the team in minutes played his senior year. Warner exemplifies what Fork Union is all about: Body, Mind and Spirit. I look forward to Warner doing great things at whatever college he chooses,” said Pelham.

Cadet Maccall Warner, a senior, is the son of Glenn and Melissa Warner of Leesburg, Va. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a sophomore.


Given to the player who believes in teamwork. Everything is about the team. The player verbally supports the team, picks players up, relies on the team and shares positive feedback.

“Ilori has come a long way. He didn't start the season with the team because of an injury, but he was willing to come to every practice so he could learn the offense, defense, and bond with the players. Ilori has always been a humble young man and I look forward to coaching him next year,” said Pelham.

Cadet Jonathan Ilori is the son of David and Alice Ilori of Colonial Heights, Va. The junior has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2011 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.


Head Coach Stephen Barnette and assistant Reggie Barnette presented three awards: Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player and Coach's Award.


“Iosefa played in every game for us, one of only three players to do so. He led our team in points, averaging just under twelve points a game. Iosefa displayed leadership and a great attitude on and off the court throughout the year,” said head coach Stephen Barnette.

Cadet Iosefa Pua'auli is the son of Roberta Liufau and Leuma Pua'auli of Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the third award for Pua'auli this year as he was named Prep football's Offensive Most Valuable Player and also earned All-Virginia Prep League honors in the fall.


“By the end of the year, Quadir was arguably our most efficient player, which led to his promotion to the varsity team for their postseason run. Quadir has only scratched the surface of how good he can truly be as a player and leader,” said Barnette.

Cadet Quadir Jones is the son of Robert and Simone Jones of Brooklyn, NY. The sophomore has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a freshman.

COACH'S AWARD: John Meheen

“John exemplified what it means to be a Fork Union young man each and every day this season. He gave the team his all every single game. I never had to question his effort at any point. He always had a positive attitude and put the team's success before his personal accomplishments. I cannot speak highly enough about John. He will always have a special place in my heart by the way he carried himself in my first year as a head coach,” said Barnette.

Cadet John Meheen is the son of Steven and Michelle Meheen of Spring, Texas. The sophomore has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as a seventh grader.


Head Coach Brooks Berry and assistant Aaron Butt presented three awards: Most Valuable Players, Most Improved Player and Coach's Award.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS: Logan French & Keaton Clark

Logan French
“Logan was the most valuable member of our basketball team in more ways than I can count. Rebounding, scoring, and blocking shots were areas in which he dominated the competition. More importantly, off the court he was a leader and a man of integrity. These attributes shaped the culture of our team, allowing us to have a winning season. The future is bright for Logan French,” said head coach Brooks Berry.

Cadet Logan French, an eighth grader, is the son of Laverne French of Silver Spring, Md. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

Keaton Clark
“Keaton Clark led the team to a winning record from the point guard position. His ability to knock down outside shots and orchestrate our offense made us a successful team. He also led with energy and passion both vocally and with his actions. Fork Union basketball fans will always remember Keaton’s dazzling play. He electrified the Thomas Gymnasium,” said Berry.

Cadet Keaton Clark, an eighth grader, is the son of Katrina Maynard and Stephen Northcott of Charlottesville, Va. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since November 2016 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.


“Robel showed tremendous growth from the start to the end of the season. His wonderful attitude to listen, learn, and apply to his skill set and team concepts made him a player that we needed on the court by the end of the season. He was a joy to coach and we have confidence that he will continue to improve,” said Berry.

Cadet Robel Lulseged, a seventh grader, is the son of Yetnayet Esatu of Alexandria, Va. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a seventh grader.

COACH'S AWARD: Jackson Manglicmot

“Jackson came to practice every day with a great attitude and the determination to always do what is right for the betterment of the team. We could always count on Jackson to make the right decision just as we worked on in practice. Smart, hardworking, and selfless are all words that describe Jackson,” said Berry.

Cadet Jackson Manglicmot, an eighth grader, is the son of Ferzen and Sarah Manglicmot of Palmyra, Va. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a sixth grader. This is the second award for Manglicmot as he was named Middle School soccer's Most Improved Player in the fall.


Head Coach Ryan Campbell announced two honors, the Most Valuable Swimmer and Most Improved Swimmer, and senior Anthony Gemma, III swept both awards.



"Anthony had a tremendous year. He worked hard, and as a result, he took significant amounts of time off in several events, which had a major impact on the team's results. I am looking forward to working with him in the year to come and seeing what he can do moving forward," said Campbell.

Gemma also earned All-State Honors in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free Relay, and 400 Free Relay for his performance with the swimming and diving team this season.

Cadet Anthony Gemma, III is the son of Anthony and Veronica Gemma of York, Pa. The junior has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a junior.

The swimming and diving program had an impressive year as six Blue Devils received postseason honors. Below is a list of all the awards.

NISCA Academic All-America:

  • Samer Khalil
  • Dalton Fowler
  • David Pitts
  • Mazen Youssef

All-Virginia Prep League Honors

  • Samer Khalil (100 Fly)

All-State Honors

  • Samer Khalil (100 Fly, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay)
  • Anthony Gemma, III (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay)
  • David Pitts (200 Free, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay)
  • Mazen Youssef (200 Free Relay)
  • Timmy Warren (400 Free Relay)


Head Coach Winston Brown announced two awards, the Most Valuable Performer and the Most Outstanding Performer.


"Will scored in five events at the state championship and ran a leg on the victorious 4x400 relay team. Will qualified for the nationals in two events and was a medalist in the emerging elite division in the triple jump," said head coach Winston Brown.

Cadet William Stupalsky, a junior, is the son of Joseph and Jill Stupalsky of Raleigh, N.C. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2015 when he enrolled as a freshman. Stupalsky also earned All-State First Team honors for indoor track and field and All-Virginia Prep League honors for Prep football back in the fall.


"Ebruba was an outstanding performer this indoor track season. He was the Prep League Champion in the 500 and was the State Champion at 300 meters. He qualified for the Indoor Nationals in the 200 for the emerging elite division," said Brown.

In addition, Cadet Ebruba Etta was recognized for earning All-Virginia Prep League honors. He also earned All-State First Team honors for his performance with the indoor track and field team this season.

Etta, a junior, is the son of Braks and Yemi Gbemiye-Etta of Silver Spring, Md. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

The program also had two All-Virginia Prep and eight All-State honorees, who are listed below:

All-Virginia Prep League Honors

  • Julian Yescas (1000-M, 1600M)
  • Logan Justice (300-M)
  • Ebruba Etta (500-M)

All-State First Team Honors

  • Ebruba Etta
  • Julian Yescas
  • Logan Justice
  • Nathan Disbrow
  • Reynold Walbrook
  • DeAndre Brockington
  • William Stupalsky
  • Giovani Desgrottes


Head Coach Dean Hall, who was named the VISAA Coach of the Year, and assistant Bennett Radinovic presented three awards for the wrestling program, including the Most Outstanding Wrestler, Coach's Award and Captain's Awards.


"Cameron deserved to be named our MVP because he was reliable, worked hard, and finished strong. He wrestled his best, and could be counted on for bonus points when the team needed them most," said head coach Dean Hall.

Cadet Cameron Wheelhouse, a senior, is from the household of Mr. Richard Wheelhouse, Sr. in South Chesterfield, Va. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a junior. This season Wheelhouse was the program's first wrestler to qualify and compete at the National Prep Championship and also earned All-State honors.

COACH'S AWARD: Jacob Marks

"Jacob earned the Coach's Award because he never complained, tried his best, stayed out of trouble and exemplified the positive traits needed to succeed. He was a team player and always put others before himself," said Hall.

Cadet Jacob Marks, a senior, is the son of Ginger Marks of Palmyra, Va. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a sophomore. Marks also earned All-State honors for wrestling.

CAPTAIN'S AWARDS: Timothy Bolton & Corey Jameson

Tim Bolton

Cadet Timothy Bolton, a senior, is the son of Fred Bolton of Mechanicsville, Va., and Carol Bolton of Glen Allen, Va. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as a freshman. Bolton also earned All-State honors for wrestling.

"Tim and Corey won Captain's Awards because throughout the season they helped lead, organize, and push the team as a unit and as a family. They also pushed the team to be the best they could and to uphold the values we hold true in the program and at Fork Union Military Academy," said Hall.

Cadet Corey Jameson, a senior, is the son of Philip and Sarah Jameson of Seaford, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since December 2014 when he enrolled as a sophomore. Jameson also earned All-State honors for wrestling.

In addition to the three team awards, the program had two All-Virginia Prep League and seven All-State honorees. They are listed below:

All-Virginia Prep League Honors

  • Zion Phifer
  • Jonathan Muniz

All-State Honors

  • Alec Schlink
  • Jonathan Muniz
  • Zion Phifer
  • Timothy Bolton
  • Corey Jameson
  • Cameron Wheelhouse
  • Jacob Marks

Sullivan to be Inducted in Inaugural VISAA Hall of Fame Class

FORK UNION, VA -- Former Fork Union Director of Athletics Micky Sullivan has been selected to the first Virginia High School Athletic Association hall of fame class, the VISAA announced Tuesday.

The VISAA created the hall of fame to acknowledge administrators and coaches who have made significant contributions to the association. The inaugural class will be inducted on May 8, 2017 during a dinner at the Short Pump Hilton on West Broad Street in Richmond, Va., beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 per seat and tables seat 10 people. For tickets, contact Michael Dicken at or 443-838-8078.

Warren Rutledge, late basketball coach at Benedictine; Richard Kemper, CMAA, former athletics director at St. Christopher's; Cal Boyd, formerly of St. Christopher's; Cas Blanchard, CAA, director of girls athletes at Potomac School; Dick Glover, formerly of Woodberry Forest; Donna Satterwhite, CAA, retired athletics director at North Cross will join Sullivan in the inaugural class.

Sullivan began his athletic career at Fork Union as a cadet, graduating in 1967. After his postgraduate year with the Blue Devils, Sullivan received a scholarship from East Tennessee State University and played all four years for head coach John Robert Bell. The Huntington, W.Va., native graduated in 1971, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in History.

During his junior year, Sullivan helped his squad to one of the most historic seasons at ETSU. The Buccaneers posted an undefeated 10-0-1 record and earned a berth to the 1969 Grantland Rice Bowl where they defeated Louisiana Tech, 34-14.

In 1975, Sullivan returned to Fork Union Military Academy as a teacher and coach. Between 1975 and 1980, he served as an assistant postgraduate football coach, assistant prep basketball coach, assistant prep baseball coach, head prep wrestling coach and head junior prep basketball coach.

After a brief three-year stint in Huntington, W.Va., working at the Sullivan Distributing Company, Sullivan returned to Fork Union in 1983 as the head prep football coach doing what he loved every day. Nine times Sullivan was named the VISFA Coach of the Year and eight times his team won the VISAA State Championship. On the football field, he amassed a career record of 200-118-3, prior to stepping down as head football coach at the end of the 2012 season.

As Fork Union's Director of Athletics, a position he held since 1995, Sullivan helped grow an undergraduate program into a strong set of interscholastic teams. The Blue Devils produced state championships in track and field and swimming and diving, along with individual champions in wrestling and state playoff participation by both the basketball and baseball teams.

In addition to his accomplishments at Fork Union Military Academy, Sullivan helped found the Virginia Independent School Football Association, which has become part of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association.

Coach Sullivan's accomplishments have been many, but when asked what he is most proud of, he said, "The most important thing that I did was-with the help of my wonderful wife Kathy-raise a great family of daughters who have turned out to be great women, wives, and mothers."

Sullivan married the former Katherine Neely in 1971. The couple has three daughters, Kate Melton, Emily Morris and Laura Owens, and have five grandchildren, Addison, Drew, Neely, Kellen and Brody.

Former PG Basketball Assistant Named Head Coach at West Virginia Wesleyan

BUCKHANNON, W.VA – West Virginia Wesleyan Interim President Boyd Creasman and Director of Athletics Randy Tenney are pleased to announce that Jack Meriwether has been named the head men's basketball coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Coach Meriwether served as the interim head coach for the past two months, leading the team to an 8-7 record during his stint and a tie for fifth in the Mountain East Conference, which featured three nationally ranked teams. The fifth place finish was Wesleyan's fourth highest league finish in 20 years.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to continue working with our administration, alumni, supporters—and most importantly our student-athletes—to build on the extraordinary history of West Virginia Wesleyan men's basketball," remarked Coach Meriwether. "This is a special group of players and I am very fortunate to continue on as their coach. We will continue to work to be better every day and live up to the high expectations, both on and off the court, that are the foundation of the Wesleyan experience."

The basketball squad finished the season 13-16 overall after advancing to the quarter-finals of this year's MEC Tournament.

"Coach Meriwether did an admirable job for a half season of leading a young team, with seven freshmen and six sophomores and only two seniors," said Creasman. "His players view him not only as a coach but as a mentor and a teacher. I am confident that Coach Meriwether can bring in talented players who will complement a team that showed a great deal of potential. He offers the program an opportunity for much-needed continuity, a record of recruiting talented student-athletes who represent the values of the College, and the promise of a bright future for Wesleyan basketball."

Coach Meriwether arrived at Wesleyan in the summer of 2015 and served as an assistant coach for 1 ½ seasons.

His 2016 recruiting class was ranked among the top in the nation and included 2017 Mountain East Freshman of the Year, Luke Layhew.

In his first season with Wesleyan as an assistant, Meriwether helped lead the team to a 17-13 overall record during the 2015-2016 season and a seventh place finish in the MEC. Meriwether worked extensively with Wesleyan's post players including 2nd team All-American and the nation's leading rebounder Tanner McGrew.

Prior to his time at Wesleyan, he had spent the last three years in central Virginia coaching some of the top players in the country as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Boo Williams' 17-Under EYBL team.

Under Williams, he coached six McDonald's All-Americans, as well as the No. 10 pick in last year's NBA draft, Thon Maker.

During his time with Williams, he also helped the team achieve a 2014 final national ranking of fourth in the country and bring home the first Super Showcase National Championship in program history. For his accomplishments Meriwether was selected as a head coach for the 2015 Mary Kline Classic.

In addition to his work with Williams, Meriwether also has extensive coaching experience at the high school and post-graduate level.

He spent the 2014-2015 season as an assistant coach at Genesis Academy in Lynchburg, Va.

Prior to taking the position at Genesis Academy, Meriwether spent two years (2012-14) as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator to the post-graduate basketball team at Fork Union Military Academy.

Meriwether studied at Virginia Tech and completed his degree at Thomas Edison State College while working as an independent scout.

He has been married to the former Cortney Phillips since 2014 and the couple resides in Buckhannon.

A Year of Growth for McKinley Grad LePear Toles

By: Joe Scalzo,

CANTON, OH - On Monday afternoon, as the McKinley High girls basketball team was practicing for its first state tournament trip since 2010, the Bulldog who nearly led the boys team to last year's Final Four was just a few feet away, working on his game.

LePear Toles was on spring break from Fork Union Military Academy, already thinking about the next stage of his life.

"I've got 69 more days, exactly," he said, when asked when school ended. "I've got the countdown."

Toles, a third team All-Ohioan last season for the Pups, had a handful of Division I offers after last season, when McKinley advanced to the Division I regional final before falling to Lima Senior. Hoping to attract some bigger schools, he opted to go the prep school route, believing a postgraduate year would help him grow as a person and a player.

Turns out, he was right. Literally.

"I got taller," he said, grinning. "I grew all around. On the court, off the court. Spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally. I got better strength-wise, my right hand is more efficient, my jump shot is smoother and I'm looking to attack more.

"It was a great year for me."

Toles (who grew from 6-5 to 6-6) averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game for Fork Union (25-5), which knocked off the top-ranked team in the nation at one point in the regular season but lost to Cushing Academy in the first round of the National Prep Championship on March 8.

He is still deciding where he'll play college basketball, saying a dozen schools contacted his coach after Fork Union's season ended.

"When I get back to school, we're going to figure out who those schools were and if they're interested and want to offer (a scholarship)," Toles said. "A lot of schools are saying that once I come visit, they'll offer me. We're going to knock it down to a top five and go from there."

Toles plans to make a decision on or around National Signing Day, which is April 12.

Does he have it narrowed down to a geographical location?

"I really don't look at it like that yet," he said. "There's a lot of different schools in a lot of different places. Some are further out on the west coast and a lot of schools are in the midwest.

"I'm just keeping my options open right now, not rushing it and not being anxious."

He does have a favorite program, though.

Not for him — for the tournament.

"I like Kansas," he said. "Frank Mason, Josh Jackson, Coach (Bill) Self. They're a really tough team.

"But I can see Michigan making a run, too. They're playing hot right now. After the plane incident (the team plane slid off the runway while trying to take off on March 8), I think they have God on their side. They're playing really well right now and Coach (John) Beilein, he's a great guy."

Up Next in FUMA Athletics

  • Fri., Mar. 24 -- Prep Baseball at Hargrave Military -- 4:00 PM
  • Sat., Mar. 25 -- Outdoor Track & Field at Manchester Relays -- 8:30 AM
  • Sat., Mar. 25 -- Junior Prep Lacrosse vs. Orange -- 2:00 PM*
  • Sat., Mar. 25 -- Prep Baseball vs. Norfolk Christian -- 4:00 PM
  • Tues., Mar. 28 -- Prep Lacrosse vs. New Covenant -- 4:00 PM*
  • Tues., Mar. 28 -- Prep Baseball at Woodberry Forest -- 4:00 PM
  • Tues., Mar. 28 -- Outdoor Track & Field vs. Fork Union Invitational -- 4:00 PM
  • Tues., Mar. 28 -- Junior Prep Baseball vs. Virginia Patriots -- 4:00 PM
  • Tues., Mar. 28 -- Junior Prep Lacrosse vs. Christchurch -- 5:30 PM*
  • Thurs., Mar. 30 -- Junior Prep Lacrosse at Woodberry Forest -- 4:00 PM
  • Thurs., Mar. 30 -- Junior Prep Baseball vs. Fuqua -- 4:00 PM
  • Thurs., Mar. 30 -- Prep Baseball at Fuqua -- 4:00 PM
  • Thurs., Mar. 30 -- Prep Lacrosse at Collegiate School -- 4:00 PM

Bold and Italics denote home contests.

* Denotes games being streamed on the Cube.

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