Though its summer break, the Leavenworth powerlifting team has been on the grind.
And that hard work paid off just a couple weeks ago.
At the end of June, the Pioneer lifters competed in the 2013 USA Weightlifting Youth National Championships and saw eight of its competitors claim seven medals as well as a team medal.
Beginning on June 28, MaLieke Wright competed as a 97-pound lifter in the boys' 14-15 age division and took home silver. He finished with best lifts of 88 pounds in the snatch and 103.4 pounds in the clean and jerk.
Corey DuPriest missed medaling by a single spot, coming in seventh in the 123-pound boys' 14-15 division. His best lifts were 110 pounds in the snatch and 129.8 pounds in clean and jerk.
On June 29, Richard Beemer claimed the bronze medal in the 170-pound boys' 15-16 class by hoisting 215.6 pounds in his last clean and jerk attempt.
Beemer also completed a 162.8-pound snatch, making both his lifts personal bests.
Later that evening, the first female Pioneer competitor took the platform when Sydnie Lundy grabbed a fourth place medal with best lifts of 77 pounds in the snatch and 101.2 pounds in the clean and jerk.
Lundy battled in the 16-17 age group.
The final day of competition, June 30, saw four Pioneers climb onto the platform.
Leading off the day was Jarred Donnelson, who walked away with a silver medal in the 231-pound boys' division.
He had lifts of 222.2 pounds in the snatch and 297 pounds in the clean and jerk.
After the men's session was complete, Meagan McLain (138 pounds), Amelia Cribb (152 pounds) and Nicole Tennant (165 pounds) helped the girls' squad place third overall.
All three girls took home medals. McLain had best lifts of 85.8 pounds in the snatch and 125.4 pounds in the clean and jerk, giving her fourth.
Cribb had best lifts of 110 pounds (snatch) and 132 pounds (clean and jerk) placing her sixth.
Lastly, Tennant had best lifts of 114.4 pounds and 140.8 pounds on the two events.