All pumped up once again
Blaze earns third consecutive state title
By Tom Schardin, email@example.com
The Burnsville Olympic weightlifting team is all pumped up once again.
The Blaze won the Minnesota High School Weightlifting (MHSW) state championship March 12 for the third straight year, claiming the crown at Lakeville South with 43 points. That was well ahead of runner-up Robbinsdale Armstrong (36).
Cannon Falls was third (35), followed by Rosemount (20), Northfield (13), Lakeville South (8) and Winona (3).
Burnsville's junior varsity team ended up second. Overall, the Blaze had five individual state champions between varsity and junior varsity — Elena Pearce, Jordan Tompkins, Adonya Gray, Noah Bachmeier and Nick Burton all won individual state championships.
The state team title is the ninth for Blaze head coach Scott Sahli and assistant coach Larry Meadors in the last 12 years. They won seven straight championships at Northfield before coming to Burnsville five years ago. The Blaze was state runner-up in 2013.
Meanwhile, in the varsity division for girls 17 and older, Gray won the title in the 69-kilogram weight class. Bachmeier won the crown at 69 kilos in the boys varsity division, while Burton was the champion at 94 kilos.
In the junior varsity girls division for ages 16 and younger, Pearce was the champion in the 44-kilo weight class, while Tompkins won the crown in the junior varsity boys 50-kilo division.
Second-place varsity finishes for the Blaze boys went to Travis Agarano (62 kilos), Alex Garlington (77 kilos), Eric Voxland (85 kilos) and Andy Samuel (105 kilos). Jake Boatman was runner-up for the junior varsity at 69 kilos.
Miah Keller was second at 63 kilos in the girls junior varsity division for Burnsville, as was Erin Bachmeier at 48 kilos.
Third-place varsity finishes for the Blaze boys included Luke Simon (62 kilos) and Jared Shearer (69 kilos). Taylor Gilbertson was third at 75-plus kilos for the girls.
Lucas Moreno finished third at 85 kilos for the Blaze boys junior varsity, while Lauren Jensen was third at 48 kilos for the Burnsville girls junior varsity.
Other girls varsity finishes: April Kim (4th, 63 kilos), Amanda Dack (4th, 75-plus kilos), Emily Johnson (5th, 75-plus kilos) and Angel Cruz (6th, 53 kilos).
Other varsity finishes for the Blaze boys: Anthony Vang (4th, 56 kilos), Binh Nguyen (4th, 94 kilos), Ben Anderson (6th, 56 kilos) and Jared Lozano (6th, 85 kilos).
Other junior varsity finishes for the Burnsville girls: Emma Buchanan (6th, 63 kilos) and Natalie Thoresen (4th, 69 kilos).
Other junior varsity boys finishes: Nick Gilman (5th, 69 kilos), Darien Clayborne (5th, 77 kilos), Drew Schwab (8th, 77 kilos) and Kyle Atkinson (4th, 94-plus kilos).
Others who competed for the Blaze: Kady Kreiger (48 kilos), Marcus Keller (62 kilos), Ryan Beattie (85 kilos), Bryce Jorgensen (62 kilos), Jake Staats (105-plus kilos) and Cody Vonkham (105-plus kilos).
Blaze Olympic Weightlifting Team Wins 2nd State Championship
The Burnsville High School Olympic Weightlifting team won the state championship for the second consecutive year on Saturday, March 7 at Lakeville South High School. Burnsville's junior varsity team finished in second place.
In the varsity girls’ division (17 years old or older), Aneesa Ally is the state champion in the 53Kg weight class. Aneesa is now a three-time state champion. Jackie LeVvintre finished second in the 48Kg weight class. Grace Peterson finished second in the 63Kg weight class. Claire Boatman finished second in the 69Kg weight class. Katie Smith finished second and Geneva Brandt finished third in the 75+Kg weight class. Katie Kleinow finished fourth in the 75Kg weight class.
In the varsity boys’ division (17 years old or older), Ben Nhan is the state champion in the 62 Kg weight class. Ben is now a three-time state champion. Michael Schiller is the state champion in the 85Kg weight class. Michael is now a three-time state champion. Kevin Kucera finished second in the 85Kg weight class. Jackson Gilman finished second in the 105Kg weight class. Abdi Farah finished second in the 56Kg weight class. Bryce Jorgenson finished second and Luke Simon finished third in the 62Kg weight class. Andy Grahn finished third in the 105+Kg weight class. Gerrit Olsen finished third in the 94Kg weight class. Alex Garlington finished fourth in the 69Kg weight class. Jacob Engel finished fifth in the 94Kg weight class. Eric Voxland also competed at state in the 77kg weight class.
In the junior varsity girls’ division (16 years old or younger), Erin Bachmeier is the state champion in the 44Kg weight class. Miah Keller finished second in the 63Kg weight class. Raezjine Merriweather finished second in the 69+Kg weight class.
In the junior varsity boys’ division (16 years old or younger), Noah Bachmeier is the state champion in the 69Kg weight class. Nick Burton is the state champion and Jake Staats finished second in the 94+Kg weight class. Travis Agarano finished second in the 62Kg weight class. Matt Odegard finished second in the 85Kg weight class. Jared Shearer finished second and Jake Boatman finished fifth in the 69Kg weight class.
Michael Schiller set a new state record in the varsity boys 85Kg weight class with a clean and jerk of 148Kg (325 pounds) and a combined total of 258Kg (568 pounds). Aneesa Ally set new state record in the varsity girls 53Kg weight class with a snatch of 56Kg (123 pounds), a clean and jerk of 66Kg (145 pounds) and a combined total of 126Kg (275 pounds).
Congratulations to the Blaze Olympic Weightlifting team on an outstanding, record-breaking season!
Pumped up: Six Blaze champions
Burnsville also lifts up the first-place trophy in team competition
The Burnsville weightlifting team had six state champions at the at the Minnesota High School State Championships at Lakeville South March 8. The Blaze also won the team title. The six champs were, from left: Payton Schultze, Aneesa Ally, Michael Schiller, Erica Kesseh, Quan Trang and Ben Nhan.
Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 10:00 am
By Tom Schardin, firstname.lastname@example.org
In just its third year of existence, Burnsville's Olympic-style weightlifting team lifted up its first-ever state championship trophy March 8.
The Blaze had six individual state champions and scored a state-record tying 65 team points at the Minnesota High School State Championships at Lakeville South. That was well ahead of runner-up Rosemount (25) and third-place Cannon Falls (23).
Overall, the Blaze had 27 athletes competing. The six state champions were: Aneesa Ally, Erica Kesseh, Payton Schulze, Quan Trang, Ben Nhan and Michael Schiller.
Ally won her third straight state girls title. She won the 53-kilo weight class and holds the state records in both the clean and jerk and snatch. Kesseh is a two-time champion, winning 63 kilo class, while Schulze captured her first crown taking the 69-kilo division.
For the boys, Schiller earned his second state title and is the state record holder in the clean jerk and snatch at 77 kilos. Nhan also won his second title, claiming the 62-kilo division, while Trang won his first title at 56 kilos.
Second-place finishes for the girls: Jackie LeVvintre (48 kilos) and Geneva Brandt (75-plus klios). Runner-up finishes for the boys: Adam Mehr (105-plus kilos) and Gerrit Olsen (85 kilos).
Other finishes for the girls: Grace Peterson (4th, 63 kilos), Ariel Behnke (4th, 69 kilos), AJ Keefe (5th, 58 kilos) and Unique McCants (5th, 63 kilos).
Other boys finishes: Eric Voxland (3rd, 77 kilos), Brandon Dorshak (3rd, 69 kilos), Kevin Kucera (3rd, 94 kilos) and Drew Ehlers (4th, 69 kilos).
“The kids peaked at just the right time and were unbelievably well focused on their mission," said Blaze coach Scot Sahli. "There were several close contests and that brought the best out in everyone. We are very, very proud of this group of kids. They are very special.”
The state title is the eighth for Sahli and coach Dr. Larry Meadors in the last 10 years. They won seven straight titles at Northfield before coming to Burnsville three years ago.
Meanwhile, in the junior varsity competition (16 and under), Burnsville finished fourth in the team standings, losing the third-place tiebreaker to Robbinsdale Armstrong.
Finishes for the Blaze boys: Luke Simon (2nd, 62 kilos), Alex Garlington (2nd, 69 kilos), Jake Parrent (2nd, 85 kilos), Noah Bachmeier (3rd, 69 kilos), Andrew Manor (5th, 77 kilos) and Max Cantrell (6th, 77 kilos).
Raezjine Merriweather competed the Blaze girls and was fourth (69-plus kilos).
Burnsville cleans up at state weightlifting meet
March 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm
Blaze second in both varsity and junior varsity
Burnsville’s Grace Peterson participates in the state weightlifting competition at Lakeville South on Saturday. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)
Several records fell at the state weightlifting competition on Saturday at Lakeville South thanks to some Burnsville athletes.
In the varsity girls (17-and-older) competition Aneesa Ally was first at 77 kilograms setting state records in the snatch, clean and jerk and total.
She is now a two-time state champion breaking three state records. She’s ranked fifth in the nation in her weight class.
Erica Kesseh was first at 63 kg and Payton Schulze was second. Ariel Behnke was fifth at 69 kg.
In the boys varsity Issac Hubbard never missed a competition lift all season and finished in first place at 105-plus kg weight class.
Steve Christopherson was second at 105-plus kg, Keta Soundara was third at 56 kg and Tyrone Mision was second at 85.
In the junior varsity boys competition (16 and under) Michael Schiller was first at 77 kg setting a state record in the clean and jerk. Ben Nhan was first at 56 kg and Jared Shearer was third.
Eric Voxland (62 kg) was third. Drew Ehlers (69 kg) was seventh, Matt McDavid (85 kg) third, Tommy Haberlack (94 kg) third, and Adam Mehr (94-plus kg) was fourth.
Both junior varsity and varsity boys teams finished second.
In the girls junior varsity, Grace Peterson was the state champion at 63 kg and Geneva Brandt was fourth at 69-plus kg.
Burnsville is a growing program competing for just two years.
The lifters advanced to state after finishing in the top three at one of the four qualifying meets during the year or by beating the a qualifying total set each year.
The competitions consist of two lifts: the snatch, which moves the barbell from the floor to overhead in one movement, and the clean and jerk, which takes two movements and allows for more weight.