All-Area boys weight lifting: Eric Strikand and Sam Jansen, Seminole Ridge
Saturday, June 04, 2011
by Paul Ivice
After a disappointing finish at the 2010 state championships, Seminole Ridge's weight lifting team decided to worry about themselves more than their competition.
That strategy paid off as the Hawks - led by seniors Eric Strickland (183 pounds) and Sam Jansen (heavyweight) - became the first southeast Florida team to win a state title.
"Our goal was not to compete with other lifters, but rather compete with ourselves," coach Justin Hilliker said. "We can't control what the other lifters are doing. Once we came to terms with that, we could just focus on ourselves and our lifts."
"We all worked out a little bit harder this year and noticed how bad we did last year," said Jansen, who won the state heavyweight title by tiebreaker.
Strickland won the 183-pound title also by tiebreaker. Strickland and Springstead's Armando Noury both lifted a combined 640 pounds, but Strickland weighed 1.4 pounds less to earn the title.
After finishing second at state in 2009, the Hawks went to the 2010 state tournament with high hopes, but earned only one point.
"We missed almost all of our third lifts," Hilliker said. "If we would have gotten those lifts, we could have been in the top two."
That memory was still fresh for the five returning state qualifiers, who spread it among the rest of the senior-strong team. That motivated them to win this year's state title.
Along with Jansen and Strickland, five other Seminole Ridge lifters contributed points at state.
"We all worked out for four years really hard, so it was nice for it to pay off, and also nice to have those big championship rings," Jansen said.
Lifted combined 410 pounds at states for bronze medal.
Four-time qualifier for states; lost in three-way tie for biggest combined lift.
Three-time qualifier for states lifted 515-pound total, barely missing a medal.
Combined lifts of 520 pounds earned him 9th at states.
Combined 510- pound lifts landed him 13th at states.
605-pound total at states (6th); second Hawk lifter to medal in 183-pound class.
Placed 13th at states with combined lifts of 580 pounds.
Total lift of 635 pounds earned him 6th place at states.
570-pound combined lift equal to second place, but placed third .
585-pound combined lift placed him 15th at states.
119: Martin Dacelin, Boynton Beach, Sr.
129: Frederick Mackey, Pope John Paul II, Sr.
139: Jarryd Klaffka, Seminole Ridge, Sr.
154: Vinny Piazza, Park Vista, Sr.
169: Zach Shepard, Seminole Ridge, Jr.
183: Justin Danca, Park Vista, Sr.
199: Paul Bricketto, Park Vista, Sr.
219: Audrey Dieujuste, Boynton Beach, Jr.
238: Kenneth Stephens, Boynton Beach, Sr.
HWT: Brynjar Gundmunssen, Wellington, Sr.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Used experience of failure at states the previous year to motivate the Hawks to win southeast Florida's first state title in weight-lifting.
Park Vista Luciano Mellonne, Alexander Barris, Devin Vanwieringen, Matt Rodriguez; Boca Raton Mark Daniele; Seminole Ridge -- Thomas Fragale, Zach Shepard, Bryan Poblano; Boynton Beach -- Jery Ceance; Palm Beach Central -- Nick Dorobiala; Atlantic Justin Stine.
BEST OF THE TREASURE COAST
South Fork Darren Morales, Alex Gannon, Kody Stripling; Jensen Beach Kevin Young.