Roundup: Buchholz’s Roughton wins weightlifting state title
Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 12:21 a.m.
KISSIMMEE — Entering the FHSAA Class 2A Boys State Weightlifting Meet, Buchholz senior Jason Roughton had a lot of confidence.
On Friday, Roughton showed why he was confident, as he earned the state title at 183 pounds.
“I felt good,’’ said Roughton. “I had a feeling I was going to get it.”
Roughton totaled 640 pounds, as he bench pressed 325 and clean-and-jerked 315.
Most importantly, he didn’t leave any lifts out there and was able to hold off St. Cloud’s Hans Schroder by five pounds in a highly competitive weight class, which saw the top three lifters separated by just 10 pounds.
“He did great,’’ said Buchholz coach Joe Szymanski. “He worked hard all year. Up until today, we kept telling him get all six lifts. That’s the best we can do and see where we pull out. He ended up getting all six lifts and ended up on top. I expected him to be in the top three. He got all six and he ended up winning.”
Roughton became the 17th lifter from Buchholz to win a state weighlifting title and the first since Richard Mills won at 154 pounds in 2010.
The state title for Roughton, though, was just the third for the Bobcats in weightlifting since the turn of the century in 2000.
Gainesville High’s Hiram Walker took fourth in the 119-pound class. He had a 250-pound bench and a 205-pound clean and jerk for a 455 pound total.
“It was great to place and get our school’s name up there and show what hard work can do for you,” Walker said.
Aside from Roughton and Walker, Columbia’s Terry Calloway also scored points on the day, as he took fourth place at 219 pounds.
Calloway totaled 645 pounds, boosted by a 345-pound bench press, but was unable to get past Winter Haven’s Adam Lane, who won the weight class with a 735-pound total.
— Richard Burton
Track and Field: Seven Oak Hall School girls track athletes advanced to state after their performance at the Region 2, Class 1A track meet Thursday night in Orlando.
Oak Hall junior Brittney Olinger placed first in the 3,200 meters at 11:32, while seventh-grader Grace Blair won the 800 meters in 2:16.8. Lauren Perry took second in the 1,600 meters at 5:16.38.
In addition, two relay teams qualified — the 1,600-meter relay team which included Blair, Natalie Carr, Ariana Agrios and Abby Burgelin (second, 4:12.57) and the 3,200-meter relay team that had Blair, Lindsay Rosenberg, Olinger and Perry (first, 9:44).
Oak Hall’s girls team finished third overall at regionals. The seven athletes will move on to the Class A state meet, held next Friday at UNF in Jacksonville.
— Kevin Brockway
District 5-4A softball tourney: Bradford defeated Keystone Heights 4-3 to win the title when Jacki Atkinson, who was 4-for-4, scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning after the Indians had scored three in the top of the inning to tie it.
“They have really done a great job. I was a little worried because we don’t have any seniors,” Bradford coach Daniel Davis said. “But we have had some girls lead the way for us like our pitcher Ashton Adkins, who has pitched great all year.
“Taylor Cruce hit 12 home runs this year, which is a school record. Jaci Atkinson has been leading off for us and is doing a great job.”
Adkins improved to 23-1
Morgan Gibbs led Keystone (12-11) with two hits.
Cruce added two hits and two RBI for Bradford (25-2)
Bradford will host South Sumter on Thursday in the regional quarterfinals. Keystone Heights travels to Mount Dora.