The St. John Eagles Are Reaching New Heights In Powerlifting

St. John High School has become a leader in powerlifting competition. Last week the Eagles flew away with their 5th consecutive Region 4 "1A-2A" championship. Coach Chad Rhodes has watched powerlifting propel the Eagles into bigger and stronger athletes.

Rhodes says,"You can call it coincidence. The year we win the State Powerlifting championship we win our first District championship in football in 20 years. That instrumental to the kids lifting weights. If they're going to lift weights year round for football anyway I tell them my not lift weights for the powerlifting meet and you'll get a little more out of it instead of football training."

Thad Rhodes helped lead the Eagles to the Division 8 2A football title quarterbacking St. John into the State playoffs. Last week the 6 foot 190 pound Senior, a Gulf Coast Community College football signee.. set a 198 pound district powerlifting title record with a 510 pound squat and his 11-hundred-90 pounds set a district total weight record.

Reid Stone a 5-10 180 pound senior, was named best lifter after setting two district records.. a 480 pound squat and a total of 12-hundred-25 pounds in the 181 pound weight class. Stone says. "It has made us a lot stronger for football. It has improved our explosiveness. It has just kept us in shape year round."

6 foot 3 300 pound Lane Hensarling captured the Super Heavyweight title,

Garrett Ryle the 220 pound title Jesse Hill, Chad Sullivan, Chris Symmes and Josh Hahn all helped lift St. John to the district powerlifting championship.

By A.J. Giardina