Angela Dennard tops All-Highlands Girls Weightlifting Team
Sebring’s Angela Dennard combined a solid work ethic with plenty of strength to have a solid weightlifting season for the Blue Streaks. Dennard, in her second year of weightlifting, won her district meet in the unlimited weight class and had a top bench press of 165 pounds and a clean-and-jerk of 135 for an impressive combined total of 300 pounds. The powerful junior led the Blue Streaks to an undefeated regular season in dual and tri-meets. “Angela is dedicated to improving,” said Sebring girls weightlifting coach Steve Berry. “She is a delight to coach and was selected as our team’s most valuable player.”For her ability and accomplishments, Dennard has been selected as the 2013 Highlands Today All-Highlands Girls Weightlifter of the Year. “Angela has really taken to the sport and is a team leader,” Berry said. “She has a lot of athleticism and is only going to get better.”
Niesha Brown, junior, Avon Park: Brown improved in her third season of varsity competition and the Red Devil junior qualified for the regional meet in the 169-pound weight class.
“Niesha was a hard worker and had a good season,” said Avon Park girls weightlifting coach Pakitta Felix. “She worked very hard on improving her techniques and should be even better next year.”
Angel Nieto, junior, Lake Placid: Nieto had a lot of enthusiasm in her first year of varsity competition and finished third at the district meet in the 101-pound weight class.
“Angel was a hard worker and came a long way this season,” said Lake Placid girls weightlifting coach Donald Ridgeway.
Kayla Bowen, sophomore, Sebring: Bowen competed at 101 pounds and had a personal best of 140 total pounds and placed second at the district meet.
“Kayla worked hard to improve and had a solid season,” Berry said.
Jasmine Wilson, junior, Avon Park: Wilson came on strong in the 154-pound weight class in her first year of competitive weightlifting for the Red Devils.
“Jasmine learned a lot this year and is a real powerhouse,” Felix said. “She has the potential to make it to the state finals next year if she continues to apply herself.”
Emily Waldron, junior, Lake Placid: Waldron was first at districts at 101 pounds and had a personal best of 160 pounds lifted in her second year.
“Emily excelled all season long,” Ridgeway said. “She was at 110 pounds and worked to get down to the weight she wanted to compete at.”
Chantell Harris, junior, Sebring: Harris competed at 110 pounds and was third at the district meet for the Blue Streaks.
“Chantell is very dedicated and a pleasure to coach,” Berry said.
Phara Cherisme, junior, Avon Park: Cherisme competed in the unlimited weight class and showed great promise in her second year of varsity competition.
“Phara is strong and she worked very hard on improving her technique, which allows her to lift more weight,” Felix said.
Bethany Phillips, sophomore, Lake Placid: Phillips was first in the 169-pound division at districts and had a personal best total of 245 pounds.
“Bethany is a natural athlete and a hard worker,” Ridgeway said. “I think she has the talent and determination to win the state championship next year.”
Liz Whitehead, sophomore, Sebring: Whitehead was second at districts at 119 pounds and has a great deal of potential.
“Liz is very coachable and has great technique in the clean-and-jerk event,” the Blue Streak coach said.
Robbye Teal, sophomore, Lake Placid: Teal was second at districts at 129 pounds in her second year for the Green Dragons.
“Robbye is very competitive and is only going to get better,” Ridgeway said.
Imani Powell, sophomore, Sebring: Powell had a solid season at 129 pounds and with her work ethic will be a force next year.
“Imani is a team leader and very dedicated,” Berry said.
Denise Constant, junior, Sebring: Constant was first at districts at 139 pounds and fourth at the state qualifier.
“Denise is very competitive and has the most explosive clean-and-jerk technique on the team,” the Blue Streak coach said.
Michelle Volny, senior, Sebring: Volny was first at districts in the 169-pound weight class for the Blue Streaks.
“Michelle was a team leader, a hard worker and had a dominant season,” Berry said.
Nakeema Thomas, junior, Sebring: Thomas came in first at 199 pounds in the district meet.
“Nakeema is very competitive and takes weightlifting seriously,” the Blue Streak coach said.