Lewis returns to state powerlifting meet
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

March 23, 2006 - Last year, Zach Lewis went to the state powerlifting meet and came back with valuable experience. This year, he wants a medal.

Lewis, a senior at SSHS, will be competing Saturday at Aldine High School at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association State Meet. He will be trying to place at least fifth to win a medal in the 132-pound division.

After the regional meets, he is ranked sixth with a 1,075-pound total for the bench press, squat and dead lift. he is 30 pounds behind the fifth-rated lifter and 35 pounds out of fourth.

"I know Zach will compete well because he's been there before," said coach Carl Hornback. "He wants to medal. He doesn't have a state medal yet, and he wants one. Realistically, that's what he's looking for and that's what he wants.

"He's worked hard - he's lifted heavy this week, so I think he's ready to go. He's excited, I know that."

Lewis won the Region III meet three weeks ago, and his 280-pound bench press was the best of any lifter on the light platform and just five pounds off the regional record. He is on pace to set personal highs in the bench, squat and total, Hornback said.

Last year, Lewis was 10th at state with a 1,000-pound total.

"I've pretty much set high goals for myself this year, and I've met a lot of them, but I still have one goal left and that is to medal at state and break 1,100 pounds total," Lewis said. "My goals are 405-410 on the squat, 290-295 on the bench press, and about 405 on the dead lift."

Lewis works out five days a week. He squats on Mondays, works bench press on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and dead lifts on Wednesdays and Fridays. He has powerlifted since he was a freshman, but after tearing a knee ligament as a sophomore, he had to start over building his strength back up.

"What I like most is the competition," Lewis said. "It takes a special kind of person to get into weight training because not everybody is made for it. A lot of people don't take the time to use proper technique, and that's what separates a lot of lifters."

Hornback said that the pressure of the state competition also can divide competitors.

"It's one of those deals where you never know what's going to happen until you get there and compete," Hornback said. "But, I know Zach will compete. That's one thing you can be sure about.

"We're going to go get him weighed in on Friday, relax that night and then go get it on on Saturday and see what happens."

Lewis he will go over technique in his head before he gets on the platform, then other thoughts will take over.

"Before every lift, I think of a Bible verse, Philippians 4:13, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,' " He said. "I also think that this is my last year and my last lift. It's time to make my mark."

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