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Be 'Ranger Strong': Lift-a-thon raises more than $1,200

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017

Freshman Charity Chamberlain attempts her squat during last week’s lift-a-thon. Chamberlain swept the flyweight division by lifting 90 pounds on the bench, 155 pounds at squat and 75 in the power clean competition. (GAZETTE PHOTOS/Michelle Tibbetts)

KEMMERER — Many students, parents and community members showed their support by attending the Kemmerer Junior/Senior High School’s (KJSHS) second annual lift-a-thon the evening of March 9 in KJSHS gymnasium. The athletes raised more than $1,200 for new equipment in the KJSH weight lifting room.

Coach Bart Jernigan organized the fundraiser to help promote the weightlifting class in school.

“We were very pleased with the increased turnout for this year’s competition,” Jernigan said. “We increased by nearly 20 participants over last year. We also had a good amount of community support … [and people] showed up to cheer the kids on. It also adds a great feeling and atmosphere to the gym when there are extra eyes watching, voices encouraging and people cheering.”

Jason Ferrarini, Michael Collins and John Tibbetts were present to offer assistance to the athletes and keep track of the weight the students lifted. Each student was allowed three attempts to lift his or her maximum weight in the three different exercises: bench press, parallel squat and power clean. Awards were given in each category.

In the girls strawweight division, Payten Ashley won the pound-for-pound (PFP) award and overall highest accumulated weight for lifting a total of 385 pounds with a strength-to-weight ratio average of 3.06.

Charity Chamberlain won the flyweight PFP award, lifting 320 pounds with a 2.65 average. Jule Brecht won the bantamweight PFP with 320 pounds total weight and a 2.09 average. Callie Bosch lifted the most weight overall with 390 pounds combined.

The boys lightweight division PFP award went to Carson Carlson with a 4.17 average, lifting 515 pounds combined.

Donny Proffit lifted the most combined weight of 560 pounds and the highest weight at the bench press at 185 pounds. He also had the best power clean at 150 pounds. Ty Hysell produced the best squat at 245 pounds.

The middleweight division’s Noah Johnson was the overall winner for PFP with a 4.79 average, highest bench press at 255 pounds and best power clean at 215 pounds. Jeff Caugherty placed the highest in squats with 325 pounds.

In the heavyweight division Anthony Tibbetts won across the board, lifting 345 pounds at bench press, squatting 405 pounds and 225 on the power clean. With an average of 4.10, Tibbetts lifted a total of 975 pounds.

“We were … very encouraged by the individual growth out of our kids,” said Jernigan. “Nearly without exception, every lifter showed increases in each of their lifts over the last lifting period’s maximums. Comparing the results from last year with this year, the growth in the students is incredible.”

The coaches said they are looking forward to this event growing in the years to come. The spectators cheered as each winner was given a certificate and plaque for their achievements. Ranger sweatshirts were raffled and the winner walked away with a sweatshirt embossed with “RANGER STRONG” on the back.

“At the end of the day, it’s about providing students with every opportunity to succeed, and sometimes those opportunities have a monetary cost. We are happy to do our part to help meet those needs through fundraising. We are extremely grateful to the community for their support of our efforts,” said Jernigan.

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