The hard work under the scorching Texas sun may seem like a high price to pay.
Especially when you have already been through a two-hour escalated fitness program.
But the big, beefy Sulphur Springs competitors in the Lineman Challenge don’t seem to mind.
They’re working to get in shape for the July 8 Lineman Challenge State Finals in Duncanville.
Members of the team and athletes who have competed during the year include: Mason Y’Barbo, Beau Carpenter, Chris Sorley, Fred Gilstrap, Tyler Halerumal, Kedrick Dial, Alex Peek Dylan (Taz) Owsley, and Jimmy Villa.
“Mason and Beau have provided good senior leadership,” said coach Charlie Coker. “They are the top performers in most of the events. We have several others that are stepping up as well. Chris Sorley has done a good job. He works extremely hard and has a great attitude. Tyler Halerumal has also been great. He is a solid performer.”
The coach added, “Most of the guys are either primarily speed guys or strength guys, but we have a few that are very talented and can do both.”
At Duncanville, the events will be held at Panther Stadium with competition to begin at 4 p.m.
Admission is free but parking is $5. Entry fee is $25 per athlete which includes a T-shirt.
Contested events will include: bench press, tire flip, truck push, hand-over-hand sled, sled drag, farmer’s walk, medicine ball throw and sand bag load.
Awards will be given 1-3 by classification, medals will be 1-3 for individual events and 1-3 medals for overall individual competition.
“We should do well in most events, our guys have good technique and they have the strenghth to do it,” Coker said. “We’re excited about going to state. We finished second last year.”
Halerumal said, “I like it, it’s tough competition, but fun. We’re going through The Edge program too, so that gives us an added advantage. I think we are still strong when other teams are getting tired. I like the stone stacking event.”
Sorley said he also liked the stone stacking part of the competition.
“I like to compete and this helps you because of the different events,” Sorley said. “I don’t like the tire flip.”
Y’Barbo loves the tire flip and the bench press part of the competition.
The senior offensive lineman is now at a 280-pound playing weight shedding some 20-pounds from his 6-2 frame.
“We have a chance to do well this year. We’re experienced and we know what it takes to win after coming close last year,” Y’Barbo said.
The Wildcats finished second to Waco Midway in the event in 2008.
Y’Barbo said, “After winning state in football, it really hard to accept being second. We don’t want to be second place.”
Teams competing in 4A are — Lindale, Rosenberg Terry, Angelton, Pflugerville Hendrickson, Waco Midway, Beeville, Sulphur Springs, Mabank, Lake Travis and Marshall.
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