Good marks for NU football at lift-a-thon |

Good marks for NU football at lift-a-thon

Taylor Dever, Jason Niederberger and Chad Mason reached the 300-pound pleateau Monday during an evening that saw numerous highlights at the Nevada Union football lift-a-thon.

Not only does the annual lift-a-thon serve as a fundraiser to benefit the Nevada Union football program, its helps players and coaches gauge the progress of their offseason work in the weight room. And NU coach Dave Humphers was more than happy about what he saw.

“Im thrilled. The strength of our upcoming team is very exciting,” he said. “We’ll be real young, but this mgroup isn’t lacking for effort. They’ve been working very hard and their work in the weight room the last six months is showing up.

“This is the strongest team we’ve ever had. We had 29 kids clean 225 pounds or more and 45 who cleaned 200 or more.”

Three seniors led the way.

Niederberger and Dever logged impressive 315-pound totals in the Olympic clean lift. Dever is a 6-foot-5, 291-pound offensive tackle who started for Nevada Union’s 12-1 section championship team last fall. Niederberger, a 5-8, 195-pound defensive end, also saw extensive action last season.

Mason, a 6-2, 200-pounder who started at quarterback last season, lifted 300 pounds.

“A 300-pound clean in high school is amazing,” Humphers said. “It’s a very strong and quick athlete who can lift that kind of weight.”

Humphers also pointed out that there were numerous highlights among the freshmen who are preparing to play at the junior varsity level next season. While the varsity players

“We had several freshmen bench press over 250 pounds, so we’re very excited about how our J.V. team is looking,” Humphers said.

The top lifter among the freshmen was Galen Walters, who posted an impressive 280-pound bench press.

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