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Powerlifting Team Doubles in Size, Prepares for New Season

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Photo by Rachel Dearinger
Senior Jonah Pedroza squats during the Feb. 14 powerlifting meet at Legacy.

In a sport based on numbers, powerlifting doubled in size from last year, which brought a variety of weight classes to the team. The team began their season at Summit on Jan. 31, led by senior state qualifier Crystal Hernandez.

“Physically, last year we were very solo when it came to working and teaching ourselves, but now the new lifters have Jonah Pedroza, Coach Eason and I to help them out,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez started powerlifting last year after Coach Tatum saw her talent in the weight room. 

“I’ve learned that I’m naturally just strong,” Hernandez said. “I’ve broken many records and won multiple times in just a year.”

Junior David Dalton started powerlifting this year after seeing friends compete since freshman year. 

“We all get along well and we’re all focused on getting stronger,” Dalton said. “We have our weaknesses, but we go out there and do our best.”

Dalton’s goals for this season were to squat near 500 lbs and to place well in meets, even with strong competitors.

“I’ve learned that just because you may not be at that level now, doesn’t mean you won’t get there,” Dalton said.

This by far is the largest team since I’ve been here. The larger team has caused us to adjust to more of a team sport and be responsible for a full team.

— Jonah Pedroza, 12

Senior Jonah Pedroza serves as the captain of the boys’ team and enjoys the competition of powerlifting, especially during the off-season of football. 

“It’s a grind everyday you are forced to put strain on your body,” Pedroza said. “But in the end you never regret the work you put in.”

Pedroza feels refreshed to see many new people so eager to learn about a sport they just started.

“This by far is the largest team since I’ve been here,” Pedroza said. “The larger team has caused us to adjust to more of a team sport and be responsible for a full team.”

Hernandez credits the intense growth of powerlifting on word-of-mouth at school and social media.

“Don’t be scared or intimidated by the people you see on social media,” Hernandez said. “It’s an individual sport, so you have to learn how to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.”

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Jordyn Green
Jordyn Green, Staff Writer
"They don't know that we know they know we know."
Rachel Dearinger
Rachel Dearinger, Adviser
My name is Rachel Dearinger and I’m crazy — not a lot but a little. You see I teach high school. You have to be crazy to willingly return to high school after you’ve graduated. My journalism story all started in high school when I decided basketball really wasn’t for me. Yearbook sounded fun. It was and so much more. It helped shape who and where I am today. Really, I’m a journalism nerd. I’ve done something related to journalism since my freshman year of high school. I even met my husband while working on yearbook staff in college. Cheesy, I know. Like I said — nerd. I worked at a newspaper before becoming a teacher. I know that experience makes me a better teacher and citizen. Some students call me the Copyright Queen. I think that’s a compliment. I follow the rules whatever they are. I guess that’s just how I was raised. I spend my days with awesome students and help in any way I can to make Legacy Student Media better. Mostly I keep Mallett from forgetting where he left his papers.
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