Lewis receives $1,000 scholarship at state powerlifting meet
From Staff Reports

March 27, 2006 - HOUSTON - Zach Lewis wasn't able to come away with a medal Saturday at the state powerlifting meet, but he didn't come home empty-handed.

Lewis, a senior at SSHS, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Region III of the Texas High School Powerlifting Association on Friday, then finished in seventh place in the 132-pound division of the state meet on Saturday.

Ranked sixth going into the meet and needing to get into the top five to earn a medal, Lewis tried to get personal bests on his lifts, said coach Carl Hornback.

He ended with a total of 1,065 pounds for the squat, bench press and dead lift. He was trying for 1,100 pounds, which was 25 pounds more than he had lifted when he won the regional meet three weeks previous.

"His totals weren't quite the same as they were in regional, but that wasn't what we were going for. We put a little extra weight on the bar trying to chase down that medal," Hornback said. "There were a lot of strong kids, and Zach went down there and lifted and gave it all he had, so we're proud of him for that."

Lewis successfully lifted 380 on the squat. He got 405 up, but was called for being too high. On the bench, he got up 275 pounds on his second lift and tried for 290 but couldn't squeeze it all the way up. On the dead lift, he was good on 390 pounds.

"I told him to be disappointed, but certainly don't be ashamed," Hornback said. "He was the seventh-strongest kid in the state in the 132-pound class."

There were 13 lifters in Lewis' class and 441 overall - the largest turn out in the history of the state meet.

Only one person in the region was awarded the scholarship, and it went to Lewis, who plans on some type of medical major in college.

"Only one kid in our region got it, and it went to Zach, so that says something about him as a person," Hornback said. "They look at the grades, the person, and you have to have three letters of recommendation. So, that's a big accomplishment."

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