In powerlifting you participate in three different weight lifts, Squat, Bench, and Dead lift. Each competition you have two opportunities to qualify for the state lift in March. One way is to place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The other is to reach a certain weight in a combined total lift number. This only the second year the group has been at Grant High School and we already have 15 members. Last year we only had 7. We have already traveled to Ionia for our first meet of the season. We had 4 qualify for state. At the JV level we had two lifters podium. First Dale Brock took 2nd in his 220 weight class. Then the second was Chase Konicki taking 1st as a freshmen in his 207 weight class. At the Varsity level we also had two lifters podium. Senior Austin Garza took 2nd place in his 181 weight class. Then Junior Drue Konicki took 3rd in his 155 weight class. The teams next competition is in Mona Shores on February 28th.
Coach Jeremy Nelson was kind enough to give us a short bio: I've been around Grant athletics for my entire life. I've watched the Tigers have great success and not so great success over the last 30yrs. Ive been coaching football on and off for about 20yrs in grant, mostly at the youth level. In the past fours years I've had the opportunity to coach at the high school level. While being on staff I noticed there wasn't any organized off season training required of the athletes. Over the years of playing football and a little boxing after high school, I was taught you had to be bigger, faster, and stronger than your opponent to be successful. I felt off season and in season training was very important to be the best you can possibly be and would help to reduce injuries. This powerlifting program started with only a few athletes at first, as we devoted our time in the weight room it began to catch the interest of other athletes and today has grown to around 30 actively participating. For the last 2yrs we have chosen to use a proven system, BFS(bigger, faster, stronger), and are getting great results. With the support of all coaches in grant, especially coach keelean, this program is really gaining steam and we have began to recreate a culture of hard working, respectful, athletes that will dominate our conference! GTTP!