Boys and girls powerlifting units from Rusk High School opened the new season on Saturday and a most successful start was had by both groups
Lifting in the Elkhart Invitational, the Eagles finished with 41 points to capture first place over Palestine who had 33 points.
Close behind Palestine was Elkhart with 29 points, followed by Frankston with 24.
Jeremy Turner of Rusk was named as the Outstanding Lifter-heavyweight.
The Lady Eagles also took home the winner's trophy, after amassing 41 points. Palestine Westwood who also tallied 41 points, but lost the tie-breaker, came in second, followed by Palestine with 36 points and Elkhart's Lady Elks, who checked in with 29 points.
“This was a good win for both of our team,” Ted Patton, Rusk athletic director said.”It's early in the season, but it's a nice start. Many of kids have really been working hard and it is starting to show now.”
First place winners for the Eagles were, Turner in the 181-lb. division where he lifted a total of 1,315 pounds and Drew Dorsey, who came in first in the 220-pound class and lifted 1,095 pounds.
Zach Swearingen also took home a gold medal after placing first in the 275-pound category. Swearingten lifted a total of 1,260-pounds.
Patton said that he was encouraged by the early success that the squads had in Elkhart.
“I think we could potentially have three or four boys that could qualify for regionals and maybe even state,” Patton said.
Jade Buckley, Gabby Willis and Eileen Bell were division winners for the Lady Eagles.
Buckley digested 400 pounds in the 97-pound segment, while Willis lifted 590-pounds in the 148-pound weight class.
Bell tallied 630 pounds of iron to win bragging rights in the 181-pound category.
Rusk will be off this weekend, but will host the Rusk Invitational on Jan. 25.
David Wilbanks serves as head coach of the Rush powerlifting program, with Robby May assisting.