ZEPHYRHILLS — Not surprisingly, Sunlake High’s boys weightlifting team won its fifth straight Sunshine Athletic Conference title Friday at Zephyrhills.
The Seahawks had 62 points, while Zephyrhills was second with 40, River Ridge was third with 24, Pasco was fourth with 21 and Wiregrass Ranch had 19 for fifth.
Coached by Mike Smith, who won conference titles as a wrestling coach at Brooksville Hernando, Sunlake had four individual champions: Michael Wafford (139), Alec Cremeans (154), Logan Wolfe (183) and Dylan Franklin (238).
Morphew falls short with big total
Normally, a 585-pound total would win a SAC title. Not Friday, though.
Pasco senior Jacob Morphew had a 310-pound bench press and a 275-pound clean and jerk for a 585-pound total, but he was edged by Zephyrhills’ Justin Shaffer, who won with 605-pound total thanks to a 300-pound bench press and a 305-pound clean and jerk.
It was still a good warm-up for the district qualifier, especially since Morphew, who will play Division II football at Lake Erie College in Cleveland, went to state last year and should qualify again.
“The competition and level of training is what motivates me to do it,” said Morphew, adding its helping him prepare for college football.
Superman works for Mutcherson
Zephyrhills senior Malik Mutcherson may be on to something.
He was wearing a T-shirt with a Superman logo on it, which is appropiate because he did a 300-pound bench press and a 225-pound clean and jerk for a 525 total, making him SAC champion in the 169-pound class.
It’s a nice tuneup for the district qualifier April 9 at Fivay, but Mutcherson was being a team player.
“I am focused on getting (the title) as a team,’’ said Mutcherson, who is signed to play football at Bethel College in Kansas. “The team has a pretty decent shot. I just dropped down to 169 for this meet. I just do my weights and don’t worry about anyone else.”
Serocki has lifting in his DNA
Gulf sophomore William Serocki has weightlifting in his DNA.
His father, Bill, was a lifter at Ridgewood and later won a division at a national power lifting meet in Nashville, Tenn. and still lifts and may soon train with his son.
“It’s a big part of my family,’’ Serocki. “I want to keep the tradition.”
Serocki took third in the 154-pound class with a 270-pound bench press and a 190-pound clean and jerk for a 460-pound total.
Sunlake’s Alec Cre-means was first in the 154 class with a 535 total.
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