The 2019 Lift-A-Thon held July 29-30 raised $10,250 for the American Legion Post 86 and VFW Post 1727. Forty-six student athletes showcased their lifting skills with the lessons of sacrifice and gratitude in mind.

Sixty-five area businesses and individuals sponsored the Lift-A-Thon as gold ($150), silver ($100) or bronze ($50) sponsors.

Since the first Lift-A-Thon in 2013, more than $50,000 has been raised to help veterans. The Strength and Honor Lift-A-Thon was designed to help youth understand that they have opportunities like athletics because of the sacrifice of our veterans. As with all athletics, the strength, speed and agility program provides young people some valuable life lessons. The importance of sacrifice, gratitude and giving back are key life lessons emphasized as athletes prepared for the lift-a-thon during the summer months.

During the lifting events, student athletes’ goals are to achieve a certain MPPO (Most Pounds Per Ounce). An MPPO is calculated by adding the maximum lifts from the bench, squat and clean and dividing the total by the lifter’s body weight for a true measure of an athlete’s overall strength. The scoring method allows smaller athletes an opportunity for success in competitions as well as indicating to coaches who is most physically fit.

Student athletes’ achievements are posted in the weight room. The coveted goal for boys is 4x which means they have lifted four times their body weight. For girls, a 3x is considered exceptional.

Austin Price who earned a 5.0 MPPO said, “I want to get stronger for football and retain my starting position. The Lift-A-Thon helps prove that I got stronger.”

Kade Hopperstad said, “I want to be stronger for all of the sports I compete in. Hopperstad had the second best lift in the squat and was third in the bench.

Top MPPO lifts for the girls were Jenna Cline, 4.0; Jillian Cline, 3.8; Madelyn Strohmayer, 3.5; Teagan Piecek, 3.2; Katelyn Welle, 3.1; Trista Brandt, 3.0; Ailie Kullhem, 3.0, and Isabella Westerland, 3.0

Top MPPOs for the boys were Jake Ince, 5.0; Austin Price, 5.0; Jamison Sinclair, 4.7; Hunter Nissen, 4.6; Owen Miller, 4.6; Jackson MacDonald, 4.5;  Caiden Kjelstrom, 4.5; Carson Kullhem, 4.5; Kane Beirne, 4.4; Jack Grell, 4.4; and Arik Pietz 4.4.

More 2019 top performances:


Bench Press: Ally Ehnstrom 130, Jenna Cline 125, Teagan Piecek 120, Abigail Monse 110, Jillian Cline 110

Squat: Ehnstrom 255, Hannah Paulbeck 205, Piecek 205, Jenna Cline 200

Clean: Ehnstrom 125, Piecek 125, Paulbeck 115, Isabella Westerlund 110


Bench Press: Owen Miller 240, Austin Price 240, Kade Hopperstad 225, Jesse Goettig 210, Hunter Nissen 210, Jeremiah Smythe 210, Jamison St. Clair 210

Squat: Price 370, Hopperstad 365, Goettig 350, Jackson MacDonald 335, Miller 315

Clean: Price 230, Goettig 225, Jake Ince 225, Miller 225, Smythe 225

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