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Columbus powerlifting team second in region


Adam Minichino



The Columbus High School powerlifting team is making progress. 


A year ago, the Falcons advanced four athletes to the North Half State meet. The number was a start for a program that was beginning to understand the benefits of weight training. 


This year, Columbus nearly doubled that number at the Region 1-6A meet on Feb. 12 at Calhoun City High. 


The Falcons placed seven competitors in the top three spots and finished with 43 points, just behind champion Tupelo (44 points).  


Columbus High''s Chris Richardson and Justin Verner won their weight classes. Richardson took first in the 181-pound weight class with a combined weight total in the squat, bench press, and dead lift of 1,225 pounds. 


Verner, competing in the 242-pound weight class, edged teammate Ryan McDonald with a total weight of 1,340 pounds. McDonald took second at 1,280. 


Donterrio Thomas (455 pounds, 114-pound weight class, 455 pounds), DeAnthony Harris (1,075 pounds, 165), and Lavorus Petty (1,405, 308) finished second, while Rickey Knox (1,345, 308 and above) took third. 


Columbus coach Grady McCluskey, who is an assistant football coach at the school, said the powerlifting team has made significant strides from last season. 


"They have been working hard," McCluskey said. "We have a lot of 10th-graders and a few 11th-graders who are going and one senior. We try to get them started in the ninth grade. 


"We are working harder in the weight room as anybody I have ever been around. They have bought in and they want to win. 


Other finishers for the Falcons were: Emmanuel Edens (fifth, 148, 805), Deon Taylor and Tyler Calvert (fourth and fifth, 198, 1,135 and 1,115), Chris Wolfe (fourth, 275, 1,115), and Kenny Avehart (sixth, 308, 1,405 and 1,150). 


The top finishers will compete at the North Half State meet on March 5 at DeSoto Central High. 


Starkville High (sixth, 19 points) was the only other local team at the meet.  


Raphael McClain took second in the 123-pound weight class for the Yellow Jackets with a total weight of 650 pounds. 


Other finishers for Starkville were: Billy Shed (third, 148-pound weight class, 855 pounds), Sam Moore (seventh, 148, 715), Ken Barlow (third, 165, 1,070), Adonis Scales (fifth, 181, 1,020), Devin Mitchell (seventh, 181, 985), Princeton Henderson (eighth, 198, 1.075), Tevin Hodges (fourth, 220, 1,095), Chris Prater (ninth, 220, no total), Martavious Foster (seventh, 242, no total), Marcus Tate (second, 275, 1,360), and Jarrod Atterberry (seventh, 308 and over, 1,250).


Adam Minichino is the Sports Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.


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Article Comment Accountability101 commented at 4/3/2010 8:27:00 PM:

Typical Columbus! Everything but first place. Fire all of them......


Article Comment Jesse Rodgers commented at 4/15/2010 11:36:00 AM:

May 22nd. 2010
SPF River City Push/Pull Champioship

Warren Central High School
1000 Hwy 27 South
Vicksburg, MS. 39180

Also a National Qualifier for 2010

Meet Directors: Jesse Rodgers �423-255-3672

Events that you can enter:
Raw, Single Ply, Multi-Ply Push/Pull
Raw, Single Ply, Multi-Ply Bench Only
RawSingle Ply, Multi-Ply Deadlift Only
Raw Bench Press Repetitions
Also Strict Curls

All Lifters must wear Singlets,

Single Ply equiptment means: Single ply Suit, single Ply briefs,
and Single Ply Shirt.

Divisions: Teenage Men, Teenage Women, Juniors, Women, Men,
Sub-Masters, Police and Fire, Masters 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64,
65-69, 70-74,7 5-79, 80+

Weight Classes for each Division: 97, 114, 123, 132, 148, 165, 181, 198, 220, 242, 259,
275, 308, Super Heavy

Early Entry Fee: 1 event 50.00, 2 events 95.00, 3 events 145.00
if entry fees are received before April 15th.
After this date there will be a 10.00 late fee.

Must be a SPF Member if you are not already a member send an
additional 30.00 (Teenagers 20.00) for your membership card.

Early Weigh In Times: Friday, May 21st. 9:00am till Noon
Will be at my Hotel room, where ever that may be, call 423-255-3672,
after noon,3:00 - 5:00pm. will be at the school

Saturday morning May 22nd. 8:00-9:00 am.

Lifters meeting 9:00am. Comp. starts at 9:30am.

Cash only day of meet on exceptions.
Must also be member of SPF. All records can be set at this event.

General Admission: $5.00, Kids 12 and under, Free

Awards: 1st � 5th Places in all Divisions and weight classes. Best Lifter and Team Awards

Mail Entry Forms and Fees to :Jesse Rodgers
7493 Tanya Dr. Harrison, Tn. 37341


and click on entry forms or E-mail us at [email protected]
Contest Entry Form
All Entry Forms and Entry Fees must be Mailed to:
Jesse Rodgers, 7493 Tanya Dr. Harrison, Tn. 37341
All CHECKS, PAYABLE to Jesse Rodgers
423 255-3672

This form is for all events, just write in the name of the tournament you are entering
and than check everything that pertains to you and the event. Be sure to know
what all events are offered at the Tournament before filling out this form and only
enter only events that are offered at each tournament.

Name of Contest:

_River City Push/Pull Date: 5/22/10

Print Full Name: _____________________________________ Age:_______
Date of Birth:____________

Address: ______________________________ City: ____________________
State: _______ Zip: _______

Phone No: _____________________________ Email: ___________________________________________

Parent or Gardian must sign for you to lift if you are under 18.
Parent or Guardian signature:____________________________________________________

Select the Events pertaining to the Contest you are entering:


Multi-Ply- Push / Pull ____ Raw Push / Pull____ Single Ply Push/Pull ______
Multi-Ply- Bench Press ____ Raw Bench Press ____ Single Ply Bench Only _____
Multi-Ply- Deadlift ____ Raw Deadlift ____ Single Ply Deadlift Only _____
Raw Bench Press Repetitions _____
Strict Curl Competition _____

You can enter more than one event if you would like, just check the events
you want to enterAnd send the appropriate fees according to the contest
you are entering.

What Divisions are you entering?
Teenage: _____ Junior(20-23)_____ Women_____ Men _____
Police , Fire, Military_____Sub-masters(33-39)_____
Masters(40-44) ___ Masters(45-49)___Masters(50-54)___
Masters(55-59)___Masters(60-64)___Masters(65-69)___ Other ________

What Weight Class are you entering? If you don't make weight , you go to the one you do make.

Wt. Class: 97___114___123___132___148___165___181___198___220___242___
259___275___308___Super Heavy___

Entry Fees: Send the amount as advertised for each event. If you are not a member of the SPF or if you need to renew your membership,
send extra $30.00, (Teenagers 20.00) with this application. Membership card must be up to date of the tournament or more.

All APPLICATIONS and FEES must be mailed to:
Jesse Rodgers, 7493 Tanya Dr. Harrison, Tn. 37341

Make all Checks Payable to Jesse Rodgers


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