Team: Leavenworth powerlifting and weightlifting

Last year’s meet record: Girls’ team championships at Augusta, Kan., Kearney, Mo., and the NASA High School National Powerlifting and Power Press Championships in overall and the junior/senior divisions.
The boys’ team were runner-ups in both the freshman/sophomore and junior/senior divisions for the power press at the 2012 NASA High School Powerlifting Nationals.

Coach: Daniel Capps

Key returnees:
Maggie Lee, 114-pound senior
Lacie Thornton, 148-pound senior
Emily Ruble, senior
Tabitha Larkin, senior
Hannah Overbey, 123-pound sophomore
Amelia Cribb, 148-pound junior
Laura Payne, 123-pound junior
Jasmine Swanagan, sophomore
Jarred Donnelson, 198-pound junior
Mike Stratton, junior
Matt Vail, 114-pound junior

Newcomers to watch:
Nicole Tennant, 165-pound freshman
Brittany Bosarge, 165-pound junior
Alexus Scott, 132-pound junior
Jessica Rymer, 148-pound junior
Kris Imhof, 132-pound freshman
Will Walker, 198-pound sophomore

Team Outlook: STRENGTHS — A strong group of lifters return this year for the Leavenworth powerlifting team.
The majority of those experienced competitors come from the girls’ side, where state medalists Maggie Lee and Lacie Thornton will be looked to provide leadership and consistent production.
“Both are terrific leaders,” coach Daniel Capps said. “Both lead by example while training and competing and also the way they conduct themselves in everyday life.”
On the boys’ side, upperclassmen Mike Stratton and Jarred Donnelson will be asked to help a young group that is still developing.

WEAKNESSES —  Inexperienced depth, much on the boys’ squad, is the biggest area that needs improvement for Leavenworth.
Numbers are consistently affected by those going out for other winter sports such as wrestling and basketball, but Capps feels the team can overcome the deficit.

Big games: Jan. 12 at McLouth; Feb. 9 at Basehor; 5A State Championship in March; 2nd Annual Pioneer Deadlift-A-Thon on March 23; April 6 at NASA High School Powerlifting National Championships

Coach says: “I am very excited to see this team compete during 2013. Although we will miss our 2012 graduates Austin McDaniel, Enrique Gonzalez-Garcia, Hunter Anne Postier, Janay Johnson, Lauren Patelli and Alyssa Rivera, we certainly returned more than we lost for 2013.
We have some high quality lifters on this team and lofty goals to go with them for the year. One of our overall goals is to improve each year as a team, and sitting where I am right now, it looks as though we will do just that.”