The North Platte High School powerlifting team held its first-ever event Saturday as they hosted a unique powerlifting dual against Niobrara-Verdigre. 

The meet combined powerlifting with elements of a wrestling dual.  For the event, the NPHS boys eam won by a team score of 125-55, while the girls fell 113-58. NPHS powerlifting coach Arttie Parker indicated the girls score was much closer than it may appear, as NPHS gave up 15 points in each of the three rounds due to open weight categories.

On the evening, NPHS broke or tied three school records, with lifters posting 27 personal records, with all competitors getting into at least one event.

“We are very excited to have been able to put this event together,” Parker said. “It meant a lot to our kids to be able to compete in front of a home crowd.  I came up with the format to make it fun and exciting for the lifters, with an element of strategy also involved.  Thanks to everyone who helped out, from judges and spotters, to loaders, concessions workers, and those who helped set up and tear down.  Special thanks to Niobrara-Verdigre and Coach Jeff Shabram for traveling here to compete.  They are a high-quality team with a history of strong lifters, and they came to compete, for sure!  I know they set a school record or two at this event, and several PRs.  Also, thank you to the Lexington High powerlifting team for loaning us the equipment to host this event.”

“Thank you to Coach Parker, the North Platte powerlifters, powerlifting parents & boosters, spotters, loaders, judges, concession stand, ticket table, North Platte High School staff, and all others who made Saturday’s meet possible,” Niobrara-Vedigre coach Jeff Shabram said. “You guys put on an amazing powerlifting meet!  We have tremendous respect for Coach Parker and the great program he has built.  You have a lot of very strong kids.  We were honored to compete at your school, and thank you for supporting our meets as well.  We look forward to continuing this Niobrara-Verdigre and North Platte rivalry.”

North Platte will travel to Verdigre in Knox County to compete on Feb. 24.

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