March 10 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:

  • Weekly Recap
  • Featured Stories: PG Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse
  • Captains' Lunch
  • FUMA Alumni Shine at the NFL Combine
  • PG Baskeball Alum Named Big East Defensive Player of the Year
  • Next week's schedule

Weekly Recap

  • Fri., Mar. 3 -- Prep Baseball at Wilson Hall Academy -- LOSS, 4-10
  • Sat., Mar. 4 -- Prep Baseball at Carolina Academy -- WIN, 9-1
  • Sat., Mar. 4 -- Prep Baseball vs. Robert E. Lee Academy -- WIN, 7-4
  • Tues., Mar. 7 -- Prep Baseball vs. Covenant School -- LOSS, 0-5
  • Wed., Mar. 8 -- PG Basketball vs. Cushing Academy (NPT) -- LOSS, 70-77
  • Thurs., Mar. 9 -- Prep Lacrosse at Fuqua School -- WIN, 12-11 2OT
  • Thurs., Mar. 9 -- Prep Baseball at Virginia Patriots -- WIN, 13-8

PG Basketball Falls Against Cushing Academy at National Prep Championship

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 -- Game Recap

NEW HAVEN, CT -- The Fork Union Post Graduate basketball team fell to Cushing Academy, 77-70, in the opening round of the National Prep Championship last Wednesday on the campus of Albertus Magnus College.

Cushing Academy got out to a hot start and led at the break, 42-35. Fork Union was able to cut the Cushing lead to four in the second half but it was not enough to overcome.

LePear Toles led the Blue Devils with 14 points, while Blake Burdack crashed the boards with a team-high nine rebounds.

Fork Union finished the 2016-17 season with an impressive 25-5 record with wins over top programs including No. 1 Hargrave Military Academy and No. 15 Massanutten Military Academy.

"The team did a great job this basketball season. I was really proud of how well they overcame adversity and thrived in high pressure situations. It’s been a pleasure to watch them improve so much as players and young men throughout the year," said head coach Matt Donohue.

After the squad enjoys Spring Break, Fork Union will return to the hardwood for Spring ball.

"Spring basketball is truly an exciting time for us. Most of our players are weighing their options, visiting schools, and working to earn a spot on a collegiate roster. All of them will be pushed every day to get better. We’ll also be hosting prospects for next year’s team, hoping to put together another group of high character young men for the 2017-18 school year," commented Donohue.

Prep Baseball Goes 2-1 over South Carolina Trip

Friday, March 3-4, 2017 -- Game Recaps

LAKE CITY, SC -- The Fork Union Prep baseball team picked up two wins over the weekend during its annual South Carolina trip. Despite falling to Wilson Hall Academy on Friday night, the Blue Devils ended the trip with victories over Carolina Academy and Robert E. Lee Academy.

Head Coach Rodney Carter uses this time not only for warm weather baseball playing, but also as a principle expressed from the very first practice.

That principle comes from the scriptures in Ecclesiates 4:9-12. 9Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevails against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. This time together away from the norm allows the team to work towards unity and family building.

Jacob Grabeel, Fork Union's 2016 MVP, had an impressive weekend on the mound, throwing 63 pitches in five innings with only giving up one run on an error.

Brent Lowry and Zack Pace led the offense all weekend with recording seven hits apiece over the three game stand.

"I am pleased with how the pitchers performed as a unit all weekend. I look forward to seeing the continued improvement. We have to keep working each day in order to get where we plan to be," said assistant coach Roger Bowles.

Following Spring Break, Fork Union returns to the field Monday, March 20 at Louisa County High School. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

Prep Lacrosse Opens Season with a Double-Overtime Win at Fuqua

Thursday, March 9, 2017 -- Game Recap

FARMVILLE, VA – The Fork Union lacrosse program kicked off its season at the Fuqua School and rallied for a 12-11 double-overtime victory Thursday afternoon.

Jonathan Walker notched the game-winner off his seventh goal of the day. Walker finished the season-opener with seven goals and two assists. Philip Barrow followed with three goals and seven ground balls. Zach Miller won a game-high 17 face-offs.

"I am proud of the way we played today. We started off strong, but got complacent at the start of the second quarter. Once we came out of halftime, we understood what we needed to do and pulled it together to come from behind and force overtime," said head coach Nate Thiel.

Fork Union will enjoy Spring Break before traveling to Trinity Episcopal Thursday, March 23 at 4 p.m.

Junior Prep Lacrosse Wins Scrimmage Against Fluvanna

Wednesday, March 7 -- Scrimmage Recap

FORK UNION, VA -- The Fork Union Junior Prep lacrosse team recorded a 3-2 victory over Fluvanna County High School in a scrimmage Wednesday afternoon.

"“I want to acknowledge the efforts of all players who saw playing time, especially first-year goalie Alec Springsteen and his defensemen. David Muench led the team in groundballs recovered, while cadets Webster, Sargent, and Fraser scored Fork Union's three goals,” said head coach Jon Greenspon.

The two teams played two halves, following the Prep team's scrimmage with the Flucos.

"“The scrimmage with Fluvanna gave us a good gage on the things we need to work on following Spring Break. We continually need to work on our fundamentals, especially stick work, but overall I am very pleased with the efforts put forth. We played as a team in this first competition and showed respect. We respected the rules; we respected the officials; we respected our opponents; we respected our teammates; we respected ourselves; and most importantly we respected our creator,” concluded Greenspon.

Fork Union opens its season Thursday, March 23 when it hosts Trinity Episcopal at 4 p.m.

Todd "Parney" Parnell Speaks at Fork Union's Captains' Lunch

FORK UNION, VA -- Todd "Parney" Parnell came to campus this past Thursday to speak at Fork Union's third Captains' Lunch in the Hall of Fame Lobby of the Estes Athletic Center.

Parnell is the General Manager of the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Flying Squirrels is a minor league baseball team and is the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants major league club.

Watch the highlights of the lunch below.

Three Fork Union Alumni Shine at the NFL Combine

Post Graduates Mack Hollins, Derek Rivers and Joe Williams

Three Fork Union alumni Mack Hollins (Class of 2011), Derek Rivers (Class of 2012) and Joe Williams (Class of 2011) competed at the 2017 NFL Combine last week.

Below are their results:

FUMA PG Class of 2011

Mack Hollins

Mack Hollins, a standout wide receiver from the University of North Carolina, participated in one event at the Combine. Hollins ran 4.53-second 40-yard dash. His 5.51 grade falls under the "chance to be a NFL starter" category.

FUMA PG Class of 2012

Derek Rivers

Derek Rivers, a standout defensive end from Youngstown State, recorded top performances in four categories. Below are his results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.61 seconds *Fourth amongst defensive linemen
  • Bench Press: 30 reps *Fourth amongst defensive linemen
  • Vertical Jump: 35 inches *Fifth amongst defensive linemen
  • 3-Cone Drill: 6.94 seconds *Third amongst defensive linemen
  • Broad Jump: 123.0 inches
  • 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.40 seconds
  • 60-Yard Shuttle: 12.43 seconds
FUMA PG Class of 2011

Joe Williams

Joe Williams, a standout running back from the University of Utah, recorded two top performances. His 40-yard dash time of 4.41 second was the second-fastest amongst all running backs. Williams also recorded the second-fasted 20-yard shuttle time of 4.18 seconds.

Khyri Thomas Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

Thomas is a 2015 Fork Union PG Basketball Alum

NEW YORK - Creighton's Khyri Thomas was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, the league announced this past Monday.

Thomas, a 6-3 sophomore guard, is the Bluejays’ defensive stopper. In BIG EAST games, he ranks eighth in the BIG EAST in steals with a 1.5 average and is eighth in defensive rebounding with a 4.3 average. He is second on the team in blocked shots with 13. Thomas is the first Bluejay to earn conference Defensive Player of the Year honors since Greg Echenique earned Missouri Valley Conference defensive honors in 2011-12.

Below is Thomas' highlights from this season.

Up Next in FUMA Athletics

  • Fri., Mar. 10 -- Indoor Track & Field at New Balance Nationals -- 9:00 AM
  • Mon., Mar. 20 -- Prep Baseball at Louisa County High School -- 4:00 PM
  • Thurs., Mar. 23 -- Prep Lacrosse at Trinity Episcopal -- 4:00 PM
  • Thurs., Mar. 23 -- Junior Prep Lacrosse vs. Trinity Episcopal -- 4:00 PM
  • Thurs., Mar. 23 -- Junior Prep Baseball vs. Collegiate (7th) -- 4:00 PM
  • Fri., Mar. 24 -- Prep Baseball at Hargrave Military Academy -- 4:00 PM

Bold and Italics denote home contests.

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