Phillips finishes strong at state

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.