Phillips finishes strong at state

BY Brandon Howard
Highlands Today


Lake Placid's Bethany Phillips was the only Highlands County weight lifter to qualify for the state finals this year.

Competing in the 199-pound class in Kissimmee Saturday, Phillips benched 140 pounds and lifted another 140 in the clean-and-jerk. Her 280 total was good enough for a top 25 finish. Phillips tied Jensen Beach's Ashley Chappelle (145, 135) and Sunlake's (Land O' Lakes) Brianna Anderson (130, 150) for 19th place.

Only a junior, this was Phillips second season as a weight lifter. She lifted a total of 275 in the district meet, benching 145 and lifting 130 in the clean-and-jerk. Phillips says she plans on continuing to train hard and her goal is to finish her high school career as state champion.