A record 210 lifters are scheduled to participate in the 19th annual Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon March 4-5 at 3:30 p.m. both days in the Brainerd High School strength room.
Participants include 148 boys and 62 girls in grades 8-12. There are 16 fundraising teams with 12-14 lifters per team. Each team includes at least three female and one junior high lifter.
Teams will be captained by a Sertoma Sunrise Club member, who will seek pledges from the community on behalf of their team.
The Liftathon raises funds for disadvantaged people in the Brainerd area, and also raises funds for improvements in the school district weight rooms.
Participants may also compete for T-shirts based upon Most Pounds Per Ounce guidelines. MPPO is a measure of a lifter's overall strength in relation to body size. The lifter's one-repetition maximum effort in each lift is added together, then divided by the person's body weight to determine MPPO. Lifts are the bench press, parallel squat and power clean.
T-shirts are awarded for MPPO performance level. The boys' standard is 4.00 or greater for lifters with a body weight under 250 pounds, and 3.50 for lifters with a body weight of 250 or more. The girls' standard is 2.75 or more. T-shirts are also awarded to lifters who have participated in the Liftathon a minimum of three years.
Stephen G. Nunnink MPPO Scholarships are awarded to the top male and female lifter based upon MPPO performance. Nunnink initiated the MPPO concept when he founded the Brainerd strength program in 1975.
The Warrior Wall is a display area next to the high school weight room that recognizes the top 10 all-time best MPPO in each grade, and the top 10 best overall bench press, parallel squat and power clean performances for boys and girls since the Liftathon began in 1991.
The event is free and open to the public.
GL Sports wins broomball title
Top-seeded GL Sports defeated No. 2 Stearns Co. Abstract 6-2 to win the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's broomball championship Wednesday at Gold Medal Arena.
GL Sports won the regular-season title with an 8-0 record. Stearns Co. Abstract was second with a 6-2 record.
The St. Cloud Tech at Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball game that was postponed by Thursday's snowstorm has been rescheduled for 5:45 p.m. Friday.
The Warrior boys' basketball team will host Little Falls at approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday.
At 5:30 p.m. at Riverside Elementary the Brainerd junior varsity boys will play Little Falls. There will be no sophomore boys' game.
At 7 p.m. at Riverside the Brainerd ninth grade boys will play Little Falls.
There will be no JV, sophomore or ninth grade girls' games.
Space remains for
softball teams, umpires
Any adult softball team planning to return is reminded to sign up before the Sunday deadline to reserve a spot in the league.
Spots are open in the men's, women's, masters and co-recreation softball leagues. A $300 deposit is required when you register your team. New softball teams to the league may sign up beginning Monday.
Anyone interested in umpiring may call the parks and recreation department (828-2320). An umpire clinic is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. March 31 in the Brainerd High School conference room.
Alpine ski team
hands out awards
For the second consecutive season Taryn Ruttger was named the Brainerd Warriors girls' Alpine ski team's most valuable skier at the team's banquet Tuesday.
Bror Linnerooth was named the boys' most valuable skier.
Most improved awards went to Meghan Hamson and Taylor Finger. Team captains for next season will be Ryan Weihemuller, Justin Wright, Jona Hamson and Holly Garry.
Ruttger and Andrea Cibuzar earned all-state honorable mention and the girls' state team was an academic silver medalist.
fall in four OTs
Bryce Tesdahl tallied eight points, nine assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block in the Bemidji State University Beavers 126-124 quadruple overtime loss to Minnesota-Duluth in men's basketball Wednesday.
BSU women fall
The Bemidji State University women's basketball team lost to Minnesota-Duluth 74-41 Wednesday.
Melissa Roberts (Staples-Motley) collected two points, two rebounds and an assist. Kim Rosecrans (Crosby-Ironton) added four points and two assists. Megan Bates (Brainerd) contributed two points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
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