Kemmerer Ranger heavyweight competitor Anthony Tibbetts squats 435 pounds during the KJSHS Lift-a-Thon fundraiser on Tuesday, March 6. Tibbetts swept the heavyweight division, taking first place with a 300-pound bench press and 215 pounds in power clean. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)
This year’s Kemmerer Lift-a-Thon turnout was strong. I am extremely appreciative of the hard work of our athletes and the support of parents and community members for this event. We established this event three years ago in hopes of building some pride in the work put in by our athletes and helping raise funds for the maintenance of our training facilities. Our athletes are bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before and our facilities are the best that I have seen in a school of our size.
We had many athletes achieve personal Lift-a-Thon bests this year, which is a signal that we are going in the right direction. In addition, nearly every athlete who participated pushed themselves to a new level of success and performance in at least one lift. That is our goal: consistent, sustainable growth.
In the past we have been able to use the lift-a-thon funds to help rebuild and replace old workout equipment. We won’t know for another week or two how much we have raised this year, but our goal is to raise around $3,000 per year. Anyone interested in donating can contact one of our athletes or the high school. We truly appreciate all the support we receive from this community.
Kemmerer High School athletes competed in a friendly weightlifting competition as a fundraiser to help make improvements to the athletic facilities and equipment. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)
Boys heavyweight – Anthony Tibbetts took first place with a 300-pound bench press and 215 pounds in the power clean lift. Tibbetts had the highest bench, highest squat and highest clean lift in his divison.
Boys middleweight – Carl Krell took first place, totaling 695 pounds including a 240-pound bench press and 245-pound squat. Krell had the highest bench and highest squat in his division.
Boys lightweight – Brayden Dearden took first place with a 570-pound total. He had the highest squat in his division.
Ladies Flyweight – Genisis Malone took first with a 394-pound total, and the highest bench and highest squat in her division.
Ladies Strawweight – Peyton Ashley placed first with a 405-pound total and the highest bench and highest clean lift in her division.
Ladies Bantamweight – Jillian Tibbetts placed first with a 370-pound total and the highest squat in her division.
In the men’s pound-for-pound competition, Carl Krell took first, Brayden Dearden second and Lowell Ellis third. In the ladies pound-for-pound competition, Peyton Ashley took first, Genisis Malone second and Kenley Plowman third.
Middleweight competitor Carl Krell power cleans 210 pounds during the Lift-a-Thon. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)
Marisa Orcutt squats 200 pounds in the KHS Lift-a-Thon on Tuesday, March 6 at the High School. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)
Bantamweight competitor Jillian Tibbetts power cleans 85 pounds at the Lift-a-Thon. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)
eavyweight competitor Jeydon Boyd warms up as coach Travis Crosland spots him during the Lift-a-Thon. Boyd came in second in the heavyweight class. Ty Hysell, Austin Quin Martinez and Brayden Dearden get ready for their turn at the bench. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)