April 14 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 -- Julien Yescas (Outdoor Track & Field)
  • Weekly Recap
  • Featured Stories: Outdoor Track & Field, Prep Lacrosse, Junior Prep Lacrosse, Junior Prep Baseball
  • Three Basketball Players Sign on National Signing Day
  • Former FUMA Employee Named Head Football Coach at Covenant
  • John Hilton Memorial Service to be Held Friday at the University of Richmond
  • Next week's schedule

FUMA's Athlete of the Week

Julian Yescas -- Outdoor Track & Field

Track and Fields's Julian Yescas has been named this week's Athlete of the Week. Yescas led the Blue Devils to a huge Gus Lacy Track Classic win with two individual medals and two relay medals. The junior won the 1600-meter run (4:30.79) and the 800-meter run (2:02.37).

"Julian delivered two superb competitive performances this past weekend. His 800 performance completed his best double ever," said head coach Winston Brown.

Weekly Recap

  • Fri., Apr. 7 -- Prep Baseball vs. Trinity Episcopal -- Loss, 8-9
  • Sat., Apr. 8 -- Prep Lacrosse vs. Trinity Episcopal -- Loss, 7-9
  • Sat., Apr. 8 -- Outdoor Track & Field vs. Gus Lacy Track Classic -- 1st/23
  • Sat., Apr. 8 -- Prep Lacrosse vs. Steward -- Loss, 7-9
  • Sat., Apr. 8 -- Prep Lacrosse at Benedictine -- Loss, 6-14
  • Tues., Apr. 11 -- Prep Baseball vs. Saint Anne's Belfield -- Loss, 1-4
  • Tues., Apr. 11 -- Junior Prep Baseball at St. Christopher's -- Loss, 9-12
  • Tues., Apr. 11 -- Prep Lacrosse at Fluvanna High School -- WIN, 11-2
  • Tues., Apr. 11 -- Junior Prep Lacrosse at Collegiate -- Loss, 2-7
  • Wed., Apr. 12 -- Outdoor Track & Field vs. Fork Union Invitational -- 1st/4
  • Wed., Apr. 12 -- Junior Prep Lacrosse at Fluvanna High School -- WIN, 9-2
  • Thurs., Apr. 13 -- Junior Prep Baseball vs. Saint Anne's Belfield -- WIN, 21-3
  • Thurs., Apr. 13 -- Prep Baseball at Saint Anne's Belfield -- Loss, 1-2
  • Thurs., Apr. 13 -- Prep Lacrosse at Hargrave Military Academy -- Loss, 6-18

Fork Union Wins Annual Gus Lacy Track Classic Saturday

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -- Meet Recap

FORK UNION, VA – The Fork Union track and field program won the 18th-annual Gus Lacy Track Classic this past Saturday at the Gus Lacy Track. The Blue Devils scored 93 points to win the 23-team event.

"What a great day for all in involved," said head coach Winston Brown. "A wonderful day to honor Gus Lacy and his family as well as Jeremy Haney and all of the other standouts from past Fork Union track teams. The athletic staff led by Brooks Berry and Rich Taddei did a wonderful job in getting the facility ready. The coaching staff at FUMA, as well as the volunteers, did a great job orchestrating the meet and thankfully the weather was fantastic. Our team certainly rose to the moment before a huge crowd with too many special moments to single one out."

Fork Union recorded 20 top-10 performances, including six gold medals. Junior Julian Yescas led the way with winning the 1600-meter run (4:30.79) and the 800-meter run (2:02.37).

The Blue Devils were victorious in the following relays, the 4x100-meter thanks to Nathan Disbrow, Daniel Reynolds, William Stupalsky and Ebruba Etta, who recorded a time of 43.56. And the quartet of Etta, Logan Justice, Giovani Desgrottes and Yescas put together a time of 3:28.22 that won the 4x400-meter relay.

Justice and Etta also won individual gold medals. Justice clocked a 51.32 in the 400-meter dash, while Etta came in at the 22.40 mark in the 200-meter dash.

In the field events, Stupalsky led the way with two second-place showings. The junior scored a 44-03.50 in the triple jump and 14-00.00 in the pole vault.

Throughout the day, Fork Union honored the Lacy family and the 2017 Gus Lacy Track honoree Jeremy Haney.

Fork Union returns to action Saturday, April 22 when it travels to Lynchburg, Va., for the Joe Curcio Invitational at

Prep Lacrosse Downs Fluvanna, 11-2, on Tuesday

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 -- Game Recap

PALMYRA, VA – The Fork Union Prep lacrosse team picked up an 11-2 victory at Fluvanna County High School Tuesday afternoon at Fluvanna's Sports Complex.

"Today was proof that we are a better team than how we have been playing recently," said head coach Nate Thiel. "We came out very strong with a 7-1 lead at halftime, then controlled the ball in the second half, allowing everyone to get playing time. I am proud of the team for not becoming complacent when we gained the lead. I hope we can take this momentum into our game on Thursday at Hargrave."

Jack Greenspon led the Blue Devils with three goals on three shots, one assist and five ground balls. Jon Walker followed with four goals and one assist, while Zach Miller recorded one goal on three shots, two assists, six ground balls and 13 face-off wins.

Between the pipes, Thailan Pay recorded nine saves on 11 shots on goal.

The Blue Devils return to action Wednesday, April 19 when they travel to Trinity Episcopal School for a 4:00 p.m. face-off.

Junior Prep Lacrosse Defeats Fluvanna, 9-2, on Wednesday

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 -- Game Recap

FORK UNION, VA -- The Junior Prep lacrosse team defeated Fluvanna County High School, 9-2, Wednesday evening at Fluvanna's Sports Complex.

"Teamwork made a difference in our game against Fluvanna," said head coach Jon Greenspon. "Every member of our team saw playing time on the field and this can only help us to become stronger as we go forward."

Eighth-grader Logan French led the way with three goals and one assist, while sophomore Quentin Sargent followed with two of his own. Sophomore John Meheen also found the back of the net and recorded one assist and five ground balls.

In goal, sophomore Alec Springsteen recorded 10 saves.

"In this game, our team was able to generate more offense with six players scoring nine goals off of six assists. Our fielding and control of loose ground balls was also a huge factor in this win," concluded Greenspon.

The Blue Devils return to action Thursday, April 20 when they travel to Trinity Episcopal School for a 5:30 p.m. start time.

Junior Prep Baseball Cruises Past Saint Anne's Belfied, 21-3, Thursday

Thursday, April 13, 2017 -- Game Recap

FORK UNION, VA -- The Junior Prep baseball team cruised past Saint Anne's Belfield, 21-3, Thursday afternoon at Fork Union's lower field.

"Well the game was a bit one-sided," said head coach Steve Friski. "We used that to get everyone in the game, which was a positive experience for everyone. As a team, we played very well."

Seventh-grader Luke Toma was the highlight of the day. The Buckingham, Va., native pitched a career-high three innings. Fork Union was flawless defensively, holding STAB to just three runs.

The Blue Devils return to action Tuesday, April 18 when they host St. Christopher's at 4:30 p.m.

Three Basketball Players Sign NLI on National Signing Day

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

FORK UNION, VA -- Three Fork Union Military Academy student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday morning for the final signing period of the 2016-17 school year.

Post Graduate basketball players Seth O'Neal and Lamont McManus, along with Prep basketball standout Detwon Shelton all signed on the dotted line.

O'Neal, a 6-foot, 190-pound point guard out of Olentangy High School in Westerville, Ohio, signed with the University of Charleston in West Virginia.

"It's an amazing feeling to know my college education is paid for, and to know God gave me the ability as well as the opportunity to play at the University of Charleston," said O'Neal.

McManus, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound forward out of North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland, will be joining O'Neal as he also signed with the University of Charleston in West Virginia.

Shelton, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound point guard from Henrico, Virginia, signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Millersville University in Pennsylvania.

"Signing a National Letter of Intent has always been a dream of mine since I picked up a basketball. It made it all real after seeing my mom's face knowing that she would never have to worry about paying for college and her son is going to play at a family school," said Shelton.

The three will be formally honored by Fork Union's Athletic Department during a signing day ceremony which will include other members of the Post Graduate basketball team in the Estes Athletic Center on May 10 at 10 a.m.

Former FUMA Employee Seth Wilson Named Covenant's Head Football Coach

Seth Wilson, who has served as Covenant's interim head coach and as an assistant coach for the varsity football program for three years, has been selected as the next head football coach for the Covenant Eagles.

Prior to Covenant, Seth spent 18 months as an Athletic Intern at Fork Union Military Academy. While at Fork Union, his main role was as an assistant coach for the post-graduate basketball team but also spent a season with Junior Prep football team as the offensive coordinator.

"I must thank my Heavenly Father for I would not be the man I am today nor standing at the precipice of an incredible opportunity without Him guiding me through each day. I am thankful and humbled the administration chose me to lead this program. I look forward to building upon a strong foundation laid by former Head Coach Dave Hart, a man whose shoes will be hard to fill and will be sorely missed as a coach and dear friend," says Wilson.

Seth Wilson joined the Covenant community three years ago, serving the school as a Lower School physical education teacher and coaching football, basketball, lacrosse and strength and conditioning at the Upper School, along with being the Covenant Summer Camp Coordinator.

"We wanted to find the right person who would embody the virtues of The Covenant School and Covenant Athletics, continue to build on the legacy and principles that Coach Hart has put forth during his time here, along with someone who is very technically sound with the game of football and understands the challenges ahead to guide the Covenant football program to new heights. After considering nearly 40 candidates with a very thorough interview process, we are very confident we found the right person for the job," says Athletic Director Clark Walker.

"Seth has already developed strong relationships with our current players and families. He has demonstrated the ability to work the important tenets of our school into the fabric of our football program. We are confident that our program's future will be in excellent hands," says Headmaster George Sanker.

"Seth knows Covenant and he knows football. We are grateful that he is willing to continue to lead our program and we know the young men he coaches will be enriched by his example and his passion for the sport," says Head of Upper School Leslie Moeller.

A graduate of The University of Georgia, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management. During his time at UGA, Seth worked as a student manager for the women's basketball program, volunteered as a youth football coach, and spent three years as a basketball development instructor for the Atlanta Hawks.

"Being a head football coach has been a dream of mine since he was 11 years old. I aim to use this sport to keep players rooted in Christ, find their passions in life, and learn a life-long process to accomplish their dreams. This program will always compete and respect everyone using a style I would describe as industrious, enthusiastic, tough, and smart. We look forward to utilizing an up-tempo, aggressive style on both offense and defense while maintaining our core principles that have brought us success over the last few years," says Wilson.

John Hilton Memorial Service to be Held Friday at the University of Richmond

A memorial for John Hilton, a former Hermitage High, Fork Union Military Academy and University of Richmond football star, will be held today from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room in the Robins Center.

Hilton, a former NFL end, died Feb. 2 after a fall that followed a period of declining health related to Alzheimer’s disease. Hilton, who was 74 and a Richmond-area resident, played in the NFL for Pittsburgh (1965-69), Green Bay (1970), Minnesota (1971), Washington (1971) and Detroit (1972-73).

Hilton, selected in the sixth round of the 1964 draft by Detroit and traded to Pittsburgh, had 144 receptions for 2,047 yards and 16 touchdowns during his NFL career. He also coached for seven seasons on the staffs of Chicago, Washington and Green Bay.

Hilton, who played at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, caught the last NFL touchdown pass thrown by Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr.

Hilton graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in 1961 after graduating from Hermitage H.S. Hilton was an outstanding athlete. He played football, basketball and track.

He played on the 1960-61 basketball team that was coached by Bill Miller.That year FUMA won the Virginias Military Schools League Championship. He was inducted into the FUMA Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

Are You Signed Up for the Sole2Soul 5k?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

  • Location: Fork Union Military Academy
  • Dates: Saturday, May 13 2017, 7:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
  • Address: 4744 James Madison Hwy, Fork Union, VA 23055
  • Time Schedule: After registering a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with race day details and directions
  • Check-in: 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
  • Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Raffle: 10:00 a.m.

Up Next in FUMA Athletics

  • Fri., Apr. 14 -- Prep Baseball vs. Virginia Patriots -- 2:00 PM *

HAPPY EASTER!!

  • Tues., Apr. 18 -- Prep Baseball at Collegiate -- 4:00 PM
  • Tues., Apr. 18 -- Junior Prep Baseball vs. St. Christopher's -- 4:30 PM
  • Wed., Apr. 19 -- Prep Lacrosse at Trinity Christian Academy -- CANCELLED
  • Thurs., Apr. 20 -- Prep Lacrosse at Trinity Episcopal -- 4:00 PM
  • Thurs., Apr. 20 -- Junior Prep Baseball at Virginia Patriots -- 4:00 PM
  • Thurs., Apr. 20 -- Junior Prep Lacrosse at Trinity Episcopal -- 5:30 PM
  • Fri., Apr. 21 -- Prep Baseball vs. Collegiate -- 4:00 PM * SENIOR DAY
  • Sat., Apr. 22 -- Outdoor Track & Field at Joe Curcio Invitational -- 10:30 AM

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