Six lifters qualify for regional

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Feb. 29, 2008 - Six Sulphur Springs lifters will be competing Saturday in the regional powerlifting meet at Paris with a shot at qualifying for state.

The Region II meet for Class 4A and 5A schools in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association is set to begin at 9 a.m. in the Paris High School Gymnasium. There will be 29 school and about 130 lifters competing. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students.

The top 10 in each weight classification in the region qualify for the meet, and the Wildcats have seven who qualified, though one will be unable to attend.

On Saturday, each lifter will compete in three lifts: the squat, bench press and dead lift. The top two lifters from Saturday's meet qualify for state.

Competing for Sulphur Springs will be Taylor Link, currently ranked fifth in the 123-pound class; J.R. Rivera, ranked fifth in the 132-pound division; Eddie Arciga, fifth in the 148-pound class; Jake Russell, sixth in the 198-pound division; Rodney Evans, eighth in the 198-pound classification; and Joe Scott, 10th in the 165-pound class. Triston Crook is ninth in the 132-pound division, but has another obligation on Saturday.

SSHS coach Rodney Flowers said that despite what their rankings are going into the meet, the lifters have to perform on Saturday to advance.

I'm telling these guys that it doesn't matter what the top 10 rankings are, once you get there, it's a whole new meet," Flowers said. "We've got a couple of kids who can get out of if they keep working hard, they show up and compete.

"All of the guys who have made it have been working really hard. We're going to go over there and compete."

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