Record Board: Many Wildcats see their own names posted

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

May 23, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats have a new record board in the weight room to inspire them this summer. A lot of the names on it are their very own.

Coaches put up a board recently with the Wildcats' offseason best marks in six different physical strength, speed and conditioning categories - the squat, bench press, clean, 40-yard dash, agility course and vertical leap - plus two overall categories: pound-for-pound,which uses an equation to determine the strongest players for their size, and Wildcat, which uses the six tests to tell who are the best athletes.

The offseason tests go back to 2003, so the all-time best marks in the last six years are on the board along with the current 11 top athletes in each category. The April tests are for students who will be going into the 10th-12th grades next year.

The Wildcat, which is the overall award, is topped by two current sophomore linemen, Colby Suggs and J.B. Beachum. Suggs, who started at center for the Wildcats in every football game last season, tops the chart with 127.25 points, while Beachum, who played defensive tackle on JV, is at 116.25.

In fact, linemen take up the top four spots as junior offensive tackle Jake Russell is third and junior defensive tackle Ryan Miller is fourth. The first back on the list is junior Jayden Wallace in fifth with 106.15 points.

Suggs is at the top of the list in two other categories as well. His 540-pound squat ties for the all-time best with Lucas Garrison in 2005, and his clean of 295 is the best this year.

Miller had the best bench press, 320 pounds, which is 10 pounds off the all-time best of 330 set by Garrison in 2005 and Josh Dunn last year.

The best 40-yard time was ran by sophomore Shane McQueen, who clocked a 4.48. Two others, Lemarcus Kendricks and Darrell Franklin, ran 4.50, and nine players were under 4.6.

The best time in the agility course went to Wallace, who did it in 4.06 seconds. Close behind was junior receivers Ben Barrows and Jace Jackson, who both clocked 4.07.

The top vertical leap was registered by junior receiver Anthony Mills, who went 34 inches. Next were Rashad Hall, Quentin Long and Wallace, who were all at 30 inches.

Pound-for-pound awards went to junior running back Eddie Arciga and Long.

The Wildcats and Lady Cats will continue their offseason workouts this summer during the Edge, a seven-week strength and conditioning program that begins June 9, running from 8-10 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

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