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 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 was a hard worker and came a long way this season,” said Lake Placid girls weightlifting coach Donald Ridgeway.
“Kayla worked hard to improve and had a solid season,” Berry said.
“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 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 is very dedicated and a pleasure to coach,” Berry said.
“Phara is strong and she worked very hard on improving her technique, which allows her to lift more weight,” Felix said.
“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 is very coachable and has great technique in the clean-and-jerk event,” the Blue Streak coach said.
“Robbye is very competitive and is only going to get better,” Ridgeway said.
“Imani is a team leader and very dedicated,” Berry said.
“Denise is very competitive and has the most explosive clean-and-jerk technique on the team,” the Blue Streak coach said.
“Michelle was a team leader, a hard worker and had a dominant season,” Berry said.
“Nakeema is very competitive and takes weightlifting seriously,” the Blue Streak coach said.