Caissons Wrestlers Win In Style at Tiger Classic

22 Caissons wrestlers took to the mat on the opening weekend of the season at the Hargrave Military Academy Tiger Classic Wrestling Tournament and they returned to FMS as champions.

The Caissons won the Team Championship at the Tiger Classic in Chatham, VA. They stepped on the mat unproven and stepped off well with a lot to be proud of. “We knew we could be tough,” said wrestling coach, SFC/E7 Richard Chiarolanzio, “we knew we would compete, and we set goals for this tournament and we met every one of them. It was just a great day and a great way to start of a long season.”

A number wrestlers who are new to the team this season found out just what it’s like to wrestle in a match not held on the stage in the FMS Gym, and it was a lesson they will not soon forget. According to Coach C, “every one of the new wrestlers really stepped up and gave a great showing. No one gave less than 100%, no one quit on a match even when losing…that was the difference in the end, giving an effort of a champion even in a loss.” And those pulling off wins did not just win on points, they worked hard for the pin as that’s where all the bonus points come from in a tournament.

“Winning by over 25 points over the second place team is a HUGE win in a tournament. I am extremely proud of each and every one that stepped on the mat today. They will celebrate this win and glow in it for the next day or so,” the coach noted.

Monday it’s back to work for the team in order to get ready to open the Dual Match portion of the season with a home quad. A quad is held with 4 teams so that each team will wrestle 3 matches in one night. The Caissons will Wrestle Randolph Macon Academy, Grace Christian School and then close the night with Massanutten Military Academy. A win over MMA would give Fishburne an early season sweep over all the Military Schools in VA. Read more

Fishburne XC Has Huge Weekend

The Caissons traveled to Woodberry Forest on Friday, November 9th, for the Virginia Independent Schools State Cross Country Championships. With Colin Turnnidge, a three-time all-state runner, leading the pack, FMS finished 9th out of 32 teams. This marks the best finish the Caissons have ever recorded at the State Championships.

Following their stellar performance at Woodberry, the FMS runners moved on to finish their season with an overall team victory at the 116th Infantry 5K race on Saturday in Staunton, VA. Upon hearing the news of the FMS Cross Country performances, Fishburne Superintendent and FMS Alumnus, Col. Gary Morrison (VA), couldn’t contain his enthusiasm, “I have never seen a Cross Country team make noise like this one has! This really is awesome stuff!”

“We’ve really been blessed with some very talented runners this season,” noted Msgt Mike Anson, FMS Athletics Director and Cross Country Coach. “This was probably the strongest team we’ve ever fielded.” Read more

Does single sex education benefit young men?

Story by Ed Crews

For many Fishburne graduates and parents, the answer is an emphatic – Yes!

Alumni tend to agree with Damon Edwards, Class of 1988, when he praises the effectiveness of our all-male classrooms.

“The obvious benefit that comes to mind is focus!  Had there been girls there I would not have focused on academics,” he said. “My sole purpose would have centered around impressing some girl.”

Others like the way Fishburne’s single sex environment helps young men to participate fully in their education. For example, Mike Rogers said his son, Derek, Class of 2012, has thrived here. He’s more engaged and more open in classes than he was in public school. Read more

Joe Johnson ’71 Reflects on the Alumni Weekend Festivities

“Do you remember when……?”   If I heard that once over alumni weekend, I heard 100 times.  Well maybe not that many, but enough that on the way home from Waynesboro it got me to thinking.  My wife always worries when I get to thinking – because I think about a lot of things.

This time, I got to thinking about relationships – real relationships – the kind of relationships that so many of us have with each other.  In the relationships I have had with folks over the years, there has always been a third party.  If you follow Christian beliefs as I do, you have heard about relationships with Jesus.  If you have been married in a tradition Christian church (twice for me, so an expert) you have heard words that God is involved with that relationship. Read more

Video and slide show from 2010-2011

Put together by Appeal Productions and Kevin Blackburn Photography.