May 1st, 2017
Meet Results and Updated Records are Up !!!
April 24th, 2017
Girls Steal the Show
with what headlines to put on this meet Blog post. There were a lot of winners
on Saturday. Glen Mills recaptured their Equipped Varsity State Title. Central
York came to town and won their first ever state title. Ian West of Hershey won
his second consecutive Most Outstanding lifter award but I decided to go with
the outstanding performances and great participation of the Female lifters. We
opened the platforms up three years ago to female lifters and this year we had 28
official lifters that participated. They did an outstanding job and we are so
glad we decided to let them compete in this meet. It was great to see all the
chairs filled in front of the award stands when the girl’s winners were
announced. Everyone was smiling and gracious as they received their medals.
Female winners were-
Most Outstanding Equipped – Casey Bitsko of
Most Outstanding Raw- Kayleigh Tokash-
Team Champion- Kennard Dale High School
Top Three – Lightweight Raw-
Kayleigh Tokash- Abington Heights
–Hannah White- Abington Heights
Top Three female heavyweights
DeLara- Kennard Dale
– Julia Markley- Kennard Dale
Top Three Female Equipped
Casey Bitsko- Jim Thorpe
Place-McKenna Lewis- Hershey
place- Trinity Murphy- Jim Thorpe
April 20th, 2017
to the Coaches:
honored to be working with the great men who serve as coaches of the teams that
will be represented at Glen Mills on Saturday. Each coach is committed to
helping their young athletes achieve success on the platform but more
importantly achieve in life. There is no greater profession than being a coach.
I salute the following men who make this Saturday a special day:
Perlstein- Upper Perkiomen
Welcome- Abington Heights
Lang- Central York
Cosgrove –Glen Mills
Hollingsworth- Strath Haven
McGowan- Jim Thorpe
Hulslander- Kennard Dale
Beyer- Forest Hills
I want to
leave you with this which I believe says so much about a coach. I also believe
it represents the coaches listed above.
April 19th, 2017
COMETS READY FOR
Abington Heights returns with a team that
may be low in quantity, but high in quality.
Senior Matt Devine looks to move up to 123 raw and
rewrite some records. Matt has placed 1st
3 times at this meet and has placed first in 3 High School National Championships.
Senior Kayleigh Tokash is coming off a 3rd place finish
at the National High School Championship and is focused on setting new records
in the 123 pound weight class.
Bodie LaCoe is off to a strong start after setting
American Records at The National High
School Championship and will try to out lift all lifters in both the raw and
equipped divisions while lifting in the 114 jv raw division.
Hannah White has moved up to the 148 varsity raw division
and has hopes of setting all 4 records in that weight class. Her last meet was a strong 4th place finish
at the National High School Meet.
Ben Knox has a 3rd place finish at 123 at High School
Nationals and has been lifting in the shadow of Matt Devine, he may be ready to
Arla Davis is at 148 jv and is looking to improve on
records set last year by Hannah White. Arla is improving fast after a 3rd place
finish at High School Nationals.
Sean Kane is 1st year lifter making big gains. He placed 4th in the 148 jv raw division at
High School Nationals.
First year lifters Corey Tokash, Sam Casimir, Christian
Leizinski and James Brown are ready to set new records.
April 18th, 2017
2017 PSCPA STATE HIGH SCHOOL POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
PLATFORM /FLIGHT ASSIGNMENTS
FLIGHT A- ALL
MIDDLE SCHOOL AND FEMALE EQUIPPED LIFTERS
FLIGHT B-ALL FEMALE
FLIGHT C- ALL MALE
JV RAW LIFTERS
VARSITY RAW LIFTERS-114,123,132,148
VARSITY RAW LIFTERS-165
VARSITY RAW LIFTERS-181,198,220
VARSITY RAW LIFTERS-242, 275, SHW
FLIGHT B-MALE J.V.
FLIGHT C-MALE J.V. EQUIPPED LIFTERS-198, 220,
242, 275, SHW
VARSITY EQUIPPED LIFTERS-114,123,132,148
VARSITY EQUIPPED LIFTERS-165,181,198
VARSITY EQUIPPED LIFTERS-220, 242, 275, SHW
April 12th, 2017
Equipped Team Title
to be Fiercely Contested
School owned High School Powerlifting in 1982. Coach John Bendekovitz had lifters
from 181 on up who were very hard to beat. In fact they could not be beat.
Names like Gober, Sodl and Guerilla dominated the platforms. About that time, Glen
Mills started a powerlifting team. They had a 148lb. lifter named Rich
Arrington who took the state by storm and quickly put Glen Mills on the map. In
the spring of 1985 Glen Mills eventually caught Whitehall and won their first
State Title. From 1985- 2015 Glen Mills won every single State High School and
Teenage State Championships. If you look at the State record Board you will see
almost 2/3 of the records owned by Glen Mills lifters. During that long run by
the Bulls –there were many great weight class competitions and a lot of teams
had great lifters. Allentown Central Catholic had lifters like Fairclogh,
Ceremele and Delgado. Abington Heights had lifters like Shiffer, Young and
Mann. However no one could come close to taking the team title away from Glen
All that changed
in April of 2015. Parkland High School led by veteran coach Erik Steiner came
to Concordville and by the slimmest of margins took the Bulls off the throne.
He did the same thing last year and his team earlier this year won the equipped
Division of the Teenage Title. Glen Mills recently won a raw team National
Championship. This year the Bulls have their eyes set on returning the Trophy
to the campus of Glen Mills Schools and Coach Steiner will have his Trojans
ready to take it back to Orefield. Hershey High School lurks in the wings with
many quality lifters and a very deep team. All this paves the way for a very
competitive day on the Equipped Platforms at the PSCPA State High School Championships
on April 22nd. You don’t want to miss it.
April 11th, 2017
Hershey Enters 25 Lifters
Thanks to head coach
Troy Smith who is sending 25 Trojans to attack the platforms on Saturday, April
22nd at Glen Mills Schools. Hershey lifters always do well at Glen
Mills because they are well trained and always prepared.
We are looking
forward to welcoming three Female lifters who will be representing Hershey.
Looking at last year’s meet results we can see that Coach Smith is bringing
back several lifters who did extremely well last year.
* Joe Brittain 220/242 varsity-Finished
second at the 220 lb. varsity division last year. He totaled 1355 as a junior
last year so we can expect Mr. Brittain to compete for a title on the 22nd.
* David Still was
the 275 JV champion last year and finished with a 1340 total. He will enter the
Varsity division this year.
McKenna Lewis and Lizzy Zeiber are back and will compete in the
Female Division along with newcomer Megan Peters.
Ian West was named the meet’s Most Outstanding lifter in the JV
Division last year. He will be back and competing in the 148 lb. varsity
division. He should contend for the title.
Kyllian Harper is the defending 132 JV State Champion. He stays in
the JV Division but will move up to the 148 lb. weight class.
Austin Gruber, Chris Simmons, Tim Zeiber,
Kurt Steinruck, Donovan Soulliard, Joe
Russell, Ian Szafranic and Gage Houpt are Hershey lifters who will be
returning to compete at the Glen Mills Schools on April 22nd.
lifter Devon Davis may be attempting
to lift a state record in the JV 114 lb. weight class. If successful it will be
the first State High School record by a Hershey lifter. I am sure the Hershey
faithful will be using their vocal cords when Mr. Davis is on the platform.
April 10th, 2017
UPPER PERKIOMEN ENTERS FOUR LIFTERS!!!
Big Thanks to Coach Casey Perstein of Upper
Perkiomen High School who will lead the Indians of Upper Perkiomen on Saturday April
22th 2017 at the Glen Mills Schools site for the PSCPA State High School Powerlifting
Championships. Upper Perk is only entering four lifters but we expect them to
do quite well. After examining last year’s meet results and records we see that
some of this year UP’s lifters participated in last year’s meet. Let’s take a
242 lb. lifter Cole Fryer set the JV Raw bench
press record when he did 300 lbs on this lift.
Tyler Whary returns to compete in the 220 lb.
weight class. Last year Mr. Whary won the 198 Raw JV crown when he totaled 1130
lbs. which included a 505 lb. deadlift! Any 10th grader that
deadlifts 500 lbs. is definitely someone to watch!
Hollingsworth will compete in the 275 JV Raw division this year. This is two
weight classes up for Logan. Last year he finished second in the 220 raw
division. Good luck to Logan as he competes on the platform on the 22nd!
April 7th, 2017
- KENNARD DALE HIGH SCHOOL HAS WON TWO State High School
Team Championships in the Raw Division
- Forrest Hills High Schools owns 20 of the State’s
records in the Raw division.
- Abington Heights has 9 records
- Kennard –Dale has 8 Records
the tally count look like at 6:00 pm on Saturday April 22nd ?
April 6th, 2017
STRATH HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL TO COMPETE
Hollingsworth of Strath Haven High School is bringing lifters from the school
for the first time to our meet. We look forward to welcoming him and his
* Reminder that
all entries and payment must be received by Wednesday April 12th.
That is next Wednesday.
grateful to Abington Heights Coach Claude Welcome for his contributions to our
meet. He provides so much and has done his part in helping our association
daughter Amy Welcome will once again be our official score keeper . She has
done a stellar job in making sure all totals are accurate and we get them
tabulated in a timely manner.
coaches indicated they will be emailing me pictures so I can post. I also would lifters or parents of lifters to
send them in and I will gladly post. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
*REMEMBER OUR THEME
April 5th, 2017
– Some fun facts
* Whitehall High
School and Glen Mills tied for the first ever State Championship in 1985 and
Glen Mills was declared the winner because they had more first place finishers
assistant coach Dalton Lacoe set every state raw record in the 114 lb weight
class 2104 when he made the following lifts:
*Hershey’s Troy Stauch
won the 2014’s Most Outstanding Lifter award in the Varsity Equipped Division
when he squatted 660, benched 385 and deadlifted 555 for a toal of 1600lbs. He
did this in the 275 lb weight class.
*The Glen Mills schools
currently owns 63 of the 96 State Records in the equipped Division
*Parkland High School is
the two time defending State High School Champion
April 4th, 2017
Central York Bringing a
Stable of Lifters
Big Thanks to Coach Gary Lang of
Central York who is bringing us 27 lifters to the meet. Eleven of those lifters are females. That is
the biggest entry ever by a school for entering female lifters. We are looking forward to seeing the energy
of the Central York Lifters.
Yesterday we posted pictures of Kennard- Dale
lifters that competed in nationals. Thanks to Niko for sending those pics and
info. I would love to post more pics and share lifter accomplishments. Send
your info and pictures to email@example.com
Remember our Theme:
April 3rd, 2017
Kennard -Dale Shines at
Kennard - Dale lifters who represented the State of Pennsylvania at the USAPL
National High School Powerlifting Championships this past weekend in Scranton.
Big thanks to Head Coach Niko Hulslander who provided the meet info.
Powerlifting is alive and well when Niko attends a meet!!!
James Devereux placed 4th @132. J.V.
He totaled 705 lbs.
Noah Hulslander was Runner-Up @ 165. J.V.
He totaled 914 lbs.
Dalton Stike was 8th place. He totaled 1,003 lbs. @ 165 Varsity.
Shawn Ellis is a National Champion! @ 181 lbs. Varsity.
He totaled 1,240 lbs.!
Ryan McNutt was a Runner-Up @ 220. Varsity. He totaled
James Devereux Deadlifted 319 lbs. @ 132.
Noah Hulslander Deadlifted 402 lbs.
Dalton Stike Benched 231 lbs. @ 165.
Shawn Ellis Deadlifted 551 lbs. @ 181.
Ryan McNutt Benched 347 lbs. weighing 204 lbs.
Additionally, K-D lifter Jerome Chemelli; 275 Varsity,
recently benched 300 and Deadlifted 570 at Columbia Montour Vo-Tech's meet on
All our lifters are RAW,
looking to defend our 2016 Team title!
March 31st 2017
Good Luck to all
Pennsylvania Lifers competing in the USAPL national Championships today and
Today is the third day
of competition and I understand it has been a great meet!
You can catch it live
on the web. Here is how I found it:
1. Go to the
2. Locate High
school nationals under Upcoming events
3. Click more info
4. Click “day
3 live “
Remember our Theme:
March 30th, 2017
Football Coaches – Check This OUT!!!
My name is Tim Moncman and I am currently the Head Football
coach at Parkland High School. I feel
the power lifting aspect of our training has been the difference between our
program being a solid program to our program being considered an above average
program. I first brought my teams to
Glenn Mills as the head coach at Liberty High School. Ironically, the more experienced we got with
the power lifting aspect of training , the more wins we started to add up. It was a big part of us going to the state championship
game 3 out of 4 years from 2005 to 2008. As we profess at Parkland, we are not
power lifters but football players.
However, this aspect of training allows our kids to compete at the
highest level in the off-season and we truly feel this leads to victories in
March 29th, 2017
Good luck to all Pennsylvania lifters who are competing at
Big Thanks to Garnet
Valley Football players who are manning the platforms to spot and load for our
This year’s meet will have a middle school division!
Our Theme: Compete!
March 28th, 2017
LIFTER’S BLOG POSTS WELCOME
wants to contribute to the meet by writing a positive blog post can send me
their work at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember the purpose is to create
excitement and enthusiasm for our sport and our meet. Also I would like to
continue to build the community of lifters, coaches and fans who love our sport
and want to promote its growth.
26 days to the 22nd!!!
March 27th, 2017
Female Records Available on Records Page
Quest for 200 lifters on the Platform
We want to have 200
lifters at this year’s meet. That is the goal number. We have only had 200
lifters once before in our 33rd year history. We are on a mission to
reach that number. It can be done!!
Last year we had more
female lifters than ever before. I believe we will smash last year’s record.
records for Female lifters last year and we gave a most outstanding lifter
award for the young ladies. We will award at least one team trophy this year.
Also we will award weight classes winners if we have enough lifters that
Additionally- we may
create a middle school division and award a most outstanding lifter for all
those 7th and 8th grade lifters.
To all the young
ladies- Check out the newly established State High School records and let’s
take them down on April 22nd.
Remember our Theme
February 23rd, 2017
Good Luck in
I hope to get there.
I hope to watch some
I hope to see some
Make it a great day.
Represent your team and your school well.
Powerlifting is the
February 22nd, 2017
I hope all is well
and you are preparing to compete in the 2017 PSCPA State High School
Championships at The Glen Mills Schools on April 22nd. We are
preparing a little bit every day to make sure you have a great competitive experience
on that day. This is our 33rd year of hosting the meet. Every year
we try to be a little bit better than the year before. This year we want to tag
a theme to our meet. It is real simple. Our theme this year is: Compete.
Compete to be the best version of yourself on that day. To do that
you must start now in your training. We hope to see some really great lifting
on that day. We hope to see some great team spirit and encouragement. We hope
to see some great sportsmanship.
We are expecting to
host about twelve teams again this year. Even though you will be competing against
others on that day –we are all a part of a rich tradition of making High School
Powerlifting great in Pennsylvania. That is what we all have in common. You are
now part of this meet’s rich and storied history and we plan to compete again to make it better than
last year. That’s what we do !
I look forward to
seeing you there and living out our theme of Compete.
Thank-You Dalton Stike of Kennard Dale High School for
being the first competitor to enter his application.
We are ready to
May 19th, 2016
2016 meet results and Updated records now posted in “Results