Chieftains lift weights to make Parsons trip
John Grasso got up early Saturday morning to watch his grandson, Andrew Miller, lift weights.
He was not disappointed at the first lift-a-thon he has ever attended. The event began at 7:30 a.m.
"I'm enjoying my grandson's participation," Grasso said. "I'd rather watch him than the Super Bowl."
As parents and grandparents watched, members of the Chieftain football team box-squatted and bench-pressed weights in the fund-raising event.
By the end of the event, Daniel Morris nicknamed "Alabama," had box-squatted a walloping 500 pounds. Nick Stein topped the scores at the bench, hoisting 230 pounds. And as Miller's grandfather watched, he box-squatted 455 pounds.
Matt Bond, assistant football coach and one of the organizers of the event, said the high school's first lift-a-thon was planned so team members could help raise funds to take the team in style to Parsons for a game scheduled on Oct. 5. Coaches said they weren't certain how much money the event raised.
"We'll try to see if we can get a coach bus and have a nice meal," Bond said.
As Bond kept track of scores, Dave St. Cyr, another assistant football coach, helped the boys with the weights.
Many of the team members have been working out in the school's multi-purpose facility and weight room all summer.
Junior Josh Olsen said he's been working out every other day, for an hour or more that's when he's not busy with his summer job with the recreation commission. He's seen his ability improve this summer. In May, Olsen could only box-squat 295 pounds. Now he's up to 385 pounds.
The secret's in the warm-up, he said.
"It's all stretching," Olsen said. "If you get loose, you can do a lot."