2006-06-09 / Sports

Cardinals fly high at Speed and Strength Competition

By Benjamin Davis

The SCISA Speed and Strength Competition state title has eluded the Cardinal Newman Cardinals for the past two years, but not this year.

The first year the Cardinals participated in the meet, they only had four guys and finished third. Last year, they came within 20 points of defeating Pinewood Prep and winning the meet with only 15 team members. This year the sport became extremely popular with the Cardinals, and they won the state title with 41 people participating on the team at Cardinal Newman Saturday, April 22, 2006.

The sport has seen huge growth throughout the SCISA ranks. Strength and speed competitions grew from 95 athletes last year to 256 this year. The new women's division also started out this year. Ten to 15 girls were expected; 26 showed up. Three schools brought girls' teams: Cardinal Newman; Thomas Sumter; and Hilton Head Christian.

Competitors participated in the pro shuttle, 40-yard dash, vertical jump, power clean, squat and bench.

"This is the total package," commented Cardinal Newman Weightlifting Coach David Jolly.

Cardinal Newman will lose four seniors to college after this year, but hopes are high all underclassmen will be returning along with some possible newcomers.

Cardinal Newman Roster

130 lb. and Under - Alex Geurin, 8th; Richard Hodaly, 8th; Eddie Maracich, 11th; Chris Palevich, 9th; Adam Touma, 9th; Thomas Winstead, 9th.

131-145 lb. - Billy Amberg, 8th; David Boyer, 11th; Palmer Stokes, 10th.

146-160 lb . - John Bolchz, 9th; Jones Brown, 10th; Benjamin Davis, 9th; George Lamprinokas, 9th; Steven Lutfy, 11th; James Lyon, 12th; Crawford Melton, 12th (State Champion) ; Michael Plumblee, 9th; Ryan Sherlock, 11th; James Williams, 9th; Matt Winstead, 12th.

161-170 lb. - Michael Culbertson, 12th; Will Garnett, 11th; Mike Hayden, 10th; Michael Nerbun, 11th (State Champion).

171-180 lb. - Nelson Dreyfuss, 12th; Garret Hall, 12th (State Champion) . 191-205 lb. - Paul Miranda, 12th (State Runner-up) ; Giacamo Ray, 11th (State Champion).

206-220 lb. - Anthony Ramicone, 10th; Marc Smith, 8th.

221-235 lb. - Chris Squires, 11th.

236 lb. and over - Matt Andreo, 9th.

Girls' Division

Caroline Enoch, 11th (State Champion) ; Ashley Pennigton, 11th; Jennifer Scott, 11th; Carolyn Barnick, 9th; Margaret Ann Burrows, 11th; Rosie Schiano, 12th.

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