|SSHS powerlifters headed to regional meet|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
March 3, 2006 - Four lifters will be representing Sulphur Springs at the Region III powerlifting meet in Greenville on Saturday - each of them with a chance to advance to state.
Three of the lifters - Zach Lewis, Eric Gunderson and Jeffery Pitts - qualified automatically by having one of the top 10 total lifts in their regional weight divisions, while the fourth, James Taylor, is going as an alternate after finishing with the 12th-best total in his weight class.
Lewis, who lifts in the 132-pounds class, and Gunderson, who will be in the 114-pound division, have the best shots at advancing to the state meet at Aldine High School on March 25.
The top two finishers in each weight class qualify for state.
Lewis leads his division with a total of 1,060 pounds in the three lifts: squat, bench press and dead lift. He is 35 pounds better, in qualifying meets, than second place.
"Zach is leading the region right now," SSHS head coach Carl Hornback said. "Knock on wood, but he should go over there, take care of business and go on to state. He's put a lot of work into this."
Gunderson has the third-best lift in the 114-pound class with 820 pounds, but his total of 840 pounds, which he achieved in the 123-pound division, would lead the lower-weight class. He will be competing at 114 pounds on Saturday.
"I feel pretty good about his chances, too," Hornback said. "I think he's got a good chance if not to win, then to at least get in the top two."
Pitts currently has the fourth-best total in the 148-pound classification with 1,025 pounds, which is almost 200 pounds less than second place. He has not lifted in several weeks because of a leg injury.
"So he's either well-rested or well out of shape," Hornback said. "We'll find out which one it is, but he's excited about getting another chance to lift."
Taylor will go as an alternate in the 242-pound division, though Hornback believes he has a good chance to lift. He has a total of 1,265 pounds.
The lifters will weigh-in tonight, then lift tomorrow beginning at 8:30 a.m.