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Fisher Wins Again!

Junior Sam Fisher, member of the Birds of Prey wrestling club, is now a national champion. He attended the 10th FloWrestling national tournament in Pennsylvania, Indiana on April 18 to 20. He won first place in the cadet division of the greco-roman class at 92 kilograms.

This year was a first for FloNationals wrestlers in competing in greco and freestyle wrestling. They claim they are “one of the toughest high school tournaments in the nation.”
“It was a good opportunity to expose myself,” Fisher said, and when asked how he feels to be a national champion he responded, “[it feels] no different.”

In addition to winning first, he placed 3rd in cadet freestyle. Currently he is the first and only member of the Birds of Prey wrestling club to become a FloNational champion.

By Nayeli Arellano – Sports Editor

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Girls’ Lacrosse Push Through Obstacles This Spring Season

A rough start only made this team try harder. Sticks clatter and the sound of laughing and yelling come from the fields where the Lady Falcons lacrosse players practice almost every day.
Starting the season in February, the JV team had high hopes and lots of confidence; however, they soon began to feel the hardships of having an inexperienced team. After multiple losses, they felt they were not doing the best they could and quickly became disappointed.


“It’s been rough because we are a new team and a lot of the players are new. We weren’t able to really work the field as well,” said junior Francesca Roy.


Nutrition and Wellness teacher Rebecca Hale stepped down from the position of head coach after three years of coaching JV. “I’m selling my house and getting ready to move, and it’s just a lot of time commitment. So just personal reasons,” said Hale. “It is a good thing; I enjoyed coaching. I enjoyed the girls and everything. I decided to just step away from it because he [Varsity Head Coach Mac] does have some help.”


Hale had prior experience in coaching Warrenton Youth Soccer Club where her duties included coaching volleyball, soccer and lacrosse teams. She began coaching because no one else stepped up to the plate.


“Mr. Burton had actually been the one that had asked me to help out and he likes having a teacher [run the program],” said Hale.
The girls felt that coaching was not Hale’s main priority this year, but they were sad to see her go. With the arrival of new Head Coach Kelli Munoz they did find a glimmer of hope. “We got off to a bad start, but Coach Munoz re-taught us everything, and now we are doing a lot better,” said freshman Jessica Summers.


The team saw improvement after one game. The communication between the girls became more intense, and they were proud of how they played as a team. They feel the season can only get better from now on.


“[In] our last game, our defense improved a lot more, and we were able to seal it in and not have any gaps,” said sophomore Paige Keith. “So now we can start working on our offense and shooting and really getting aggressive.”


Munoz formed an attachment to the girls and the team itself. In the beginning, they felt they weren’t being heard, so they wrote a letter to Activity Director Mark Holmes to see what he would say. The next day he called some of them into his office, and they were able to express their feelings on behalf of the team. Their parents also attended and were proud of the girls for speaking out.


Hale supports the girls and still plays a role in a team tradition. They make energy bites, flax seed fiber snacks, the day before the game to prepare. Hale likes to make them with the girls to promote nutrition and wellness since they are healthy and protein filled but also because it helps her stay connected with the girls.


“I didn’t want to leave them because I have a relationship with the girls,” said Hale. “I want them to know they are always welcome to come and see me. I wish both teams a great season.”

By Catherine Smith – Staff Reporter

The Man Behind the Athletes

March is National Athletic Trainer Month and there’s one face many athletes and students recognize, Bryan Grimley. For those who haven’t met Bryan, he has been the athletic trainer for 11 years now. He cares for any injured athletes and also teaches a class for those who wish to pursue any related careers.

Bryan grew up in Fauquier County and decided to pursue athletic training and education. “I took this class in high school,” said Bryan. “I just kind of fell in love with it so I decided to do it in college too.”

After finishing college, Bryan became an athletic trainer. Brian said his favorite part about his job “is working with the kids.” With the constant injuries athletes face, Bryan encounters many students throughout the year.

“He’s hardworking,” said senior Ashby Nye. “He goes above and beyond to help the students and he’s always there if you need help.”

With a large number of injuries among student-athletes, he is dedicating a large portion of his time to the students and athletes. “Definitely the least favorite part is the [number] of hours, it’s a lot of long hours,” said Bryan. He is definitely someone to appreciate due to his large contribution to Fauquier’s Athletics.

By Amanda Arellano-Staff Reporter

Patrick Atwell Excels at States

Going to states is all senior Patrick Atwell wanted since he was a freshman and he has made that dream possible time and time again. Now as his days in high school are running out he came out with a bang by breaking a state record in track. He ran a time of 104.34 and broke the school record and state record for the 4A state meet. “I was really happy with that, I mean that was everything that I wanted. I wanted to beat [the previous] record really bad,” Atwell said.  Now he has won back-to-back 500-meter state championships.

But this hasn’t stopped him and Atwell is up for participating in more championships. “I would definitely like to win [the] 400 state championship in the spring and hopefully [the] 200. Just a lot of state championships, that’s my goal,” Atwell said.

He became interested in running because he thought it would be a fun thing to do with friends and he’d be good at it. As the seasons go on, he started to get serious about it and found it to be attachable for a career.

One of the things Atwell said what he would say to his freshman self is to realize track was going to be his goal and to put more energy into track than any other sport.

Atwell thought his biggest improvements were being a good role model for other kids and learning the small things as they go into being a good athlete.

Atwell said his coach taught him that “we’re never really finished and we never really stop.” He added, “Once I get to one goal that I had, we always had something else in mind, so that’s always going to stick with me definitely.”

He is looking forward to college and is planning on attending Virginia Tech, George Mason or Penn State. He said he plans on studying human nutrition and physical therapy.  

By Carly McMurphy-Staff Reporter

Fresh and Ready to Impress

The varsity and junior varsity boys’ lacrosse teams start off the season strong after the loss of multiple players last year. The team looks for ways to get stronger individually and as a team. Lacrosse takes a lot of focus and endurance from all the teams.

Coach Ron Moon explained how the loss of last year’s players affected the team this year. He said 14 to 16 boys did not return, either because they graduated or transferred. This resulted in many open spaces on both JV and varsity.

“We are essentially rebuilding,” Moon said. “When you lose that many players you have to build that talent back up. We were lucky to have such a large freshmen class, who were all very talented at tryouts.”

All the players trying out had skills to impress Moon. This resulted in extra team members, according to Moon. Both JV and varsity have been practicing after school since the beginning of March, preparing for their season.

The varsity team began a new tradition, called the “hard hat ceremony.” Senior Kevin McEachin, a returning player to the team said their coach would pick the player he thinks did best in the game and give them a hard hat. The player with the hard hat from the previous game will pass it onto the next guy after the next game. This tradition is one the team hopes to continue.

JV also started a new tradition, called the chain. Freshman Ethan Polster said every time the team wins a game, another link is added to the chain. The captains will choose a person from the game and that person will keep it until next time.  

Moon said the lacrosse program started 15 years ago and it has come very far from then. McEachin , explained lacrosse was not only a time to workout but also allowed him to spend time with his friends.

The first game took place at Fauquier on March 14 after the cancelation of a scrimmage the week before. The Falcons varsity team won 12-2 against the Liberty Eagles. The JV team tied 4-4.

“It was a great way to start off the season,” McEachin said. “It was the first game, first time on the field as a team. I think it bodes well for the rest of the season.”

The second game of the season was a loss for both teams against Patriot. Varsity’s score was 1-8 and JV lost 7-14. Although many said this wasn’t the strongest game of the season, the players saw it as something to learn from.

By Catherine Smith-Staff Reporter

In Loving Memory of Coach AZ

Sad news struck FHS and Southeastern on January 22 upon hearing the news that beloved teacher and coach Matt Anzivino, AZ to many, had passed away.  He coached baseball at FHS and taught at Southeastern. He touched the lives of many past and present students in his lifetime. Many were devastated by this upsetting news.  

Anzivino was born on July 24, 1981, in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  He grew up in Warrenton, where he graduated from FHS in 1999. He played baseball here coached by Mark Ott.  He continued playing baseball in college at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, where he graduated in 2003.  He was a teacher and head varsity coach in Richmond at Varina High School. After this, he taught at Southeastern for about six years.  He left an impact on many at Southeastern with his fun learning techniques. During this time he continued his passion for baseball by being both the JV and assistant varsity baseball coach at FHS, leading others to succeed at the same place he had.  

For a while, Anzivino was struggling with bladder cancer. This is when cells in the bladder start to grow too fast and as the cancer cells develop they can form a tumor that spreads to other areas of the body.  However, he defeated this challenge, unfortunately, cancer came back. A few years later he found himself struggling with the disease yet again, and on January 22 at Novant Health UVA Prince William Medical Center, he passed away at age 37 still fighting.  His memory will live on in the minds of family members, students, and teammates that will miss him and remember him for the great man he was.

Coach AZ’s team shared a story that really illustrated his unique personality. “After we knocked off Riverside last year, which we weren’t supposed to do, we had a big dog pile in the middle of the field.  Coach AZ ran in from the dugout and dove into the dog pile, which is not something coaches usually do,” said senior Carson McCusker. He was not the only who remembers Anzivino this way, senior Lane Pearson said, “Just his excitement and how he ran on the field and jumped on the dog pile.” This story truly shows you what type of person he was.

McCusker remembers, “just his spirit and he always brought high energy and positive attitude to the baseball field every day, [and] he really helped our team.” Anzivino was someone these boys looked up and was a role model for them.  Everyone who ever met him said he was always positive. Pearson commented that Coach AZ will be remembered for, “His positivity and how he went about his day and was never negative and loved all the kids.”

Any of the baseball players who played on Coach AZ team will portray someone who was just a great person. “He was super nice and caring for all the kids, and he was just a super positive guy,” said Pearson. McCusker added, “He was a great man and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. He really inspired me to be a better person.”

“Outgoing,” was the one word Ott gave to describe Anzivino, “He was always happy and smiling.  He would do anything for you, and he truly cared about his athletes.” He was nicknamed “AZ” and that is what he went by for many.  Ott said, “he always had a smile and was always passionate towards people.” Coach Anzivino, Mr. Anzivino, “AZ” or whichever name you knew him by was always there to lend a helping hand and will be greatly missed by many.

By Catherine Smith – Staff Reporter

Lady Falcons Wrap-up the Season

With a 5-15 record as of Friday, February 8, 2019, the Girls Varsity Basketball team is fighting their way through thick and thin for their love of the game. The girls have improved their work during practice and games and it shows. Because there are more players than last years’ 2017-18 season, it’s much easier for the Coach, Brian Foddrell.

“I have seen lots of improvements on the team, we come from not having confidence to having confidence and we are playing good defense. Our defense has gotten a lot better, good rotation, major improvements (…) I try to motivate them and tell them, hey, keep your heads up, we’re still in it, we’re still fighting and keep pressing forward,” Foddrell said.

Senior, Shniya Washington said, “Coach has taught me life lessons in and outside of basketball, to never give up, and he absolutely improved my game so much, I think he is a great Coach and I love him,” Because Washington is a senior this year, this is her last season with the team. Her defense and offense looks outstanding on the court.

“Majority of the time, positive results come from a positive mindset, so if they learn to have a positive mindset, they keep that and all things, not just in basketball, but in all things.” said Foddrell.
Junior, Tiana Minor said, “The most challenging part of basketball is trying not to get frustrated and to focus while [I’m] playing because there are lots of fans in the crowd.”

Most people can understand her frustration for her being “fouled out” during the home game against Briar Woods High School. Minor only had three fouls and the referee confused her number with an opposing player’s. Minor made some very good drives to the hoop and great passes to her teammates at the away game against Kettle Run.
As far as this season is going, the Girls Varsity Basketball team is pushing it towards the end.

by Carly McMurphy