Powerlifting Season Begins

On Monday, Nov. 28, the powerlifting team had its first practice of the season. Coming off of the ninth consecutive year of winning state as a girls team and the seventh consecutive year of winning state as a boys team, the team is hoping to clinch both state titles again this spring.

The team consists of a steady base of experienced upperclassmen, as well as a new crop of freshmen. Head coach Ross Schwisow and coaches Rod Stallbaumer, Tim Johnson, Erin Amrein, and DeAngelo Brooks will be running the weight room this season.

Senior Emilie Crutchfield placed second at state last year, and she has three goals for the season.

“[My goals are] First place at state, hang clean record, and getting over 200 pounds on my squat,” Crutchfield said.

With the start of the season also comes the start of losing or gaining weight in order to make weight classes.

“My goal is to stay in 123,” senior Erin Leach said.

The first practice was “exciting but sore,” junior Lexie Felkins said. She hopes to improve over last year. “I want to actually medal at state this time,” she said.

After the first practice, lifters will lift for three more weeks before winter break.. They will compete at the Lift-a-Thon on Dec. 15, where they will raise money to buy new equipment for the weight room. Their first meet is on Jan. 7 at McLouth. State is on Mar. 4 at Clay Center.