Lacrosse Becoming a Reality at Fluvanna

Brian Wilberger has been working to get lacrosse programs at Fluvanna High School for a long time.

"I've lived in Fluvanna County for about ten years now. So it's been about a ten-year process," said Wilberger, the vice president of the Charlottesville chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. "And here we are, coming up on 2012, and we're finally going to make it happen."

Wilberger says plans are on course to launch boys' and girls' varsity and JV lacrosse teams for the 2012 spring season.

Over the past few months, Wilberger says about $14,000 has been raised to help pay for things like equipment and uniforms. He says the goal is to raise $20,000.

Wilberger hopes to order uniforms by October.

Athletic director Scott Morris says the construction of a new high school building - and the new turf field that accompanies the building - gave Fluvanna the facilities it needed to support lacrosse.

"It's not something that we've ever not wanted to do. It's just been a matter of logistics, and the right opportunity and the right time," he said. "And combined with the lacrosse foundation and the new school opening, we're going to make it happen."

The Flucos will be the fourth Jefferson District school to offer lacrosse as a varsity program, joining Charlottesville, Monticello, and Western Albemarle.

"I think it gives us the opportunity for kids who right now are having to go to Charlottesville to play, having to go and play on club teams maybe in Richmond," Morris said.

"The parents and the students are just thrilled to get out there and get the sport going," said Wilberger. "And everybody's getting to the point now where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and everybody's ready to play."

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