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.
PLAY TOGETHER AWARD: Jonathan Ilori
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.
JUNIOR PREP BASKETBALL
Head Coach Stephen Barnette and assistant Reggie Barnette presented three awards: Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player and Coach's Award.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Iosefa Pua'auli
“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.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Quadir Jones
“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.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL
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 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 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.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Robel Lulseged
“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.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Head Coach Ryan Campbell announced two honors, the Most Valuable Swimmer and Most Improved Swimmer, and senior Anthony Gemma, III swept both awards.
MOST VALUABLE SWIMMER: Anthony Gemma, III
MOST IMPROVED SWIMMER: Anthony Gemma, III
"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, 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)
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Head Coach Winston Brown announced two awards, the Most Valuable Performer and the Most Outstanding Performer.
MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER: William Stupalsky
"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.
MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMER: Ebruba Etta
"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.
MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Cameron Wheelhouse
"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
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
- Alec Schlink
- Jonathan Muniz
- Zion Phifer
- Timothy Bolton
- Corey Jameson
- Cameron Wheelhouse
- Jacob Marks