Wildcat lifters take second at Pittsburg

From Staff Reports

Jan. 28, 2008 - PITTSBURG - All 11 powerlifters from Sulphur Springs placed in the top five in their respective classifications on Thursday as the Wildcats finished second in the team standings at the Pittsburg Powerlifting Meet.

"It was the first time in my term of coaching that I've had all lifters place in the top five," said SSHS coach Rodney Flowers. "Overall, it was a personal best night for every one of our kids. It was personal best totals and on individual lifts."

Senior Rodney Evans led the SSHS contingent by winning the 242-pound class with a total of 1,330 pounds in three lifts: bench press, dead lift and squat. He had the highest total lift of any Wildcat.

Six other Wildcats placed second in their divisions: Taylor Link lifted 800 pounds in the 123-pound class; Triston Crook lifted 795 in the 132-pound division; Jake Russell totaled 1,125 pounds in the 198-pound class; Jamal Freeman lifted 1,305 pounds to finish second to Evans in the 242-pound class; Andrew Burton lifted 1,210 pounds in the 275-pound division; and Tadarious Johnson totaled 1,225 pounds in the super heavyweight classification.

Joe Scott placed third in the 165-pound division with a 1,105 total; Mason Y'Barbo was third in the 275-pound class with a 1,160-pound lift; Daniel Dixon placed fourth in the 198-pound class with 1,030 pounds; and Johnny McSheffery was fifth in the 165-pound class with a 1,045-pound total.

"They represented well. They had a lot of fun, and there were a lot of smiles on their faces because they were putting up weight they had never lifted. before," Flowers said. "It was a small meet, and I was hoping to give the guys some confidence. "

Flowers said the group lifts during the athletic period, then comes after school to get in more training.

"We do our normal lifting during the period, then after school, the entire football program does the workout. We figured if powerlifting kids need it, then it will benefit the entire program," he explained.

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