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New Richmond girl powerlifters take sixth at nationals; JV girls take third

Junior Sabrina Keyes took fifth place in the 198-pound division at the national powerlifting meet in Texas over the weekend.1 / 5
Senior Bethany Haag was all smiles after completing her ninth successful lift during the national powerlifting meet. She's shown with Tiger head coach Brian Kaczmarski.2 / 5
Senior senior Allan Wollenberg is shown competing in the squat event at the national meet.3 / 5
The New Richmond junior varsity team of (l-r) Tamarah Clemmens, Marissa Harden, Rachael Turgeson and Laura Lindahl placed third at the national powerlifting meet.4 / 5
Tiger senior Bethany Haag is shown squatting a personal best of 303 pounds at the national meet.5 / 5

The trip to Texas was certainly worth it for the New Richmond powerlifting team.

The Tigers made the trip to Killeen, Texas, for the 2014 High School National Powerlifting Championships and it was a highly successful tournament. The Tiger girls placed sixth in the varsity team competition and New Richmond's JV girls took third place in their portion of the meet.
The Tigers had an excellent tournament, with nine of their 11 lifters placing in the tournament. In the varsity portion of the meet, senior Bethany Haag was the top finisher, placing fourth in the 148-pound class. She had a perfect day, going nine-for-nine and getting three white lights on all her lifts. She set personal records in all three lifts, producing a new career lift record in the process.
Kaczmarski said junior Sabrina Keyes was one of the top surprises for the Tigers. Keyes made the awards podium by placing fifth in the 198-pound division.Senior Maddy Reimenschneider placed 10th in the 132-pound class. She set a personal record in the deadlift competition.Sabrina Stacken and Allan Wollenberg placed 11th in the meet. Stacken was successful on all nine of her lifts, setting two personal records. Kaczmarski said the shining moment in Wollenberg's career was his 500-pound deadlift at the state championships.Taking third place in the junior varsity division was a surprise that gave the Tigers momentum in the meet. The JV performance was led by Tamarah Clemmens and Laura Lindahl, who were both second place finishers. Rachel Turgeson placed seventh in her class and Marissa Harden placed eighth in her class to produce the strong team finish for the Tiger JV girls.
Vickie Holbrook and Taylor Klemmensen competed for the Tiger varsity, but were unable to place in their classes.The Tigers had a large group of parents and assistant coaches who made the 19-hour one-way trip to Texas. Kaczmarski said the team couldn't have seen this level of success without the work of the assistant and alumni coaches.“It boggles my mind that these college kids are taking their time away from school to come help us,” Kaczmarski said of the Tiger alumni who helped on the trip.Next year's national meet is scheduled to be held in Wisconsin and it should be. More than half of the lifters in this year's national tournament were from the Badger State.The Tigers are planning to wrap up their season with a team banquet later this month.
Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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