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Football players give program fund-raiser a lift

Laura Lavelle

I live with five guys. Needless to say, 99 percent of the household’s cooking and laundry operations fall into my arena. Any mother of all boys appreciates the dedication of Bonanza’s Hop Sing, the servant living on the Ponderosa ranch servicing the needs of Ben Cartwright, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe. There are days I wish I knew how to swear in Chinese.

Well, earlier this week, I was witness to my oldest son actually picking up something off the floor without being nagged. No, it wasn’t his bath towel or a sweaty T-shirt. It was 205 pounds of weights off the floor of the Bear River High School Gym during the Football Program’s Lift-a-thon fund-raiser. If only he could do more of that at home, I know there are at least 210 pounds of gritty socks under his bed.

When I walked into McCrory Gymnasium last Tuesday evening, I recognized a faint but familiar odor usually associated with my son’s gym bag. Metallica played loudly in the background, accompanied by the clanging of weights and bar bells. An audience of about 80 people, mostly parents, filled the bleachers and cheered as the 2004 freshman, junior varsity and varsity Bear River football players pumped iron.

Also watching were two “Silver Bruins”: Rick Simmons, a die-hard Bruins fan who is present at almost every home and away athletic event, and Ray Foss, another senior fan who has his own Bruins letterman jacket. These men, who are both over 62 years of age, carry a special card in their wallets that allows them to attend events for free. If you know of a senior citizen who could take advantage of this program, information is available at the Bear River High School office.

Each player at the Lift-a-thon demonstrated his strength training progress by lifting his personal best for the crowd. When I spoke with Brock Boyle, a junior running back for the Bruins, he said he expected to clear 220 to 225 pounds and added that the people watching in the gym provided participants with the “adrenaline you need to lift more.”

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He actually was able to lift 230 pounds. His teammate Lance Welch did the same and Alex Wolosz lifted 235. Running back and linebacker Cody Chicourrat came closest to the school record of 300 pounds by putting up 260 on his approximately 5-foot-8-inch, 175-pound frame. It was impressive to witness these boys struggle with the weights – they were all giving it their best effort. Junior linebacker J.D. Moore was awesome with his 255 pound clean, but even more spectacular was the $1,200 he raised for the Lift-a-thon.

The sophomores did their share. Tackle Robert Kenyon, linebacker Mike McGuire and tight end Mark Bristol all hoisted 215 pounds. Corbin Shakley and David Wheeler picked up 210. Robbie Frank, Kevin Grimes, Landon Savoie and David Lavelle all attempted 210 but logged a respectable 205.

The annual Lift-a-thon is the main fund-raising event for the team. Proceeds pay for equipment, uniforms and other necessities. According to head football coach Scott Savoie, he expects the team to reach the $21,000 goal, with $8,000 already collected. Each varsity player is asked to raise a minimum of $245 to help defray costs.

I must say I enjoyed the Lift-a-thon. I was amazed to see how many pounds my 15-year-old son could pick up off of the floor. In fact, I can’t wait to remind him of that the next time I ask him to “power clean” his room.

Laura Lavelle is a resident of Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents who want to share thoughts and information. Contact her at laural@theunion.com or leave a phone message with the readership editor at 477-4238.


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