BALLINGER– Riley Woodruff placed second, Auggie Woodruff was third, and Devon Hoelscher got 12th at the Division 3 Powerlifting State Meet held last Saturday, March 23, 2013 in Abilene, Texas. All three boys placed sixth out of 80 plus teams in the small school divisions represented.

Leading the way in the 275-pound weight class was senior Riley Woodruff, totaling a personal best of 1,700 pounds to secure the silver medal. Riley bench pressed 380 pounds, got 600 in dead lift and 720 in squat.

Junior Auggie Woodruff placed third in the 220-pound weight class with a personal best total of 1,500 pounds. Auggie squatted 620, lifted 380 pounds in bench press and got a 500-pound deadlift.

Senior Devon Hoelscher, placed 12th in the 181-pound class with a total of 1,255 with a 475-pound squat, 340 pounds in bench press, and 440 pounds in deadlift.

“I’m very proud of all three boys especially my senior lifters. I consider all three my sons because when I started coaching here at Ballinger, all three of these boys plus a couple of last year graduates trained together in the weight room together as a crew with me and set the standard for what it takes to train hard and strive to be your best and never be satisfied in sports and classroom,” said BHS Powerlifting Coach Tremaine Johnson.

“I know coaches say ‘I wish I had another year with a player,’ as for me that would be selfish because the two seniors Riley and Devon have a lot to offer to their college and the world that is set before them. I’m glad that Auggie is a junior and will be my first athlete to coach all four years.”

Johnson said he is excited about the younger boys and girl lifters coming up and in process of recruiting a few more to join the crew.

“All in all it was a successful year and very pleased with my kids. As I  always tell them… The journey never ends we will just get stronger.”