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Updated: 01/16/2014 08:00:03AM

Sanchez advances to regionals

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The DeSoto County High School girls' weightlifting team competed at Port Charlotte Jan. 8 in the regional sub-qualifier event. They are coached by Julie Chidsey along with assistants Miguel Rangel, Mike McEwen, Machale Harville and Austin Tompkins.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

Elena Sanchez advanced to the regionals for DeSoto County by finishing third at the meet in Port Charlotte Jan. 8. Second-year Coach Julie Chidsey has added several lifters to the team as more athletes take advantage of the benefits of weight training.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

DeSoto County senior Jackie Reeves finishes the clean-and-jerk portion of the meet. The secon- year lifter finished fourth and narrowly missed advancing to regionals.

by Steve Knapp

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DeSoto County senior Elena Sanchez has accomplished something no other Lady Bulldog weightlifter has done in recent memory. Sanchez has advanced to the regional portion of the state tournament by taking third place in the sub-regional meet at Port Charlotte Jan. 8.

While competing against state powerhouses Port Charlotte and Charlotte High School, along with a good Lemon Bay team, it didn’t seem like Sanchez had any chance of advancing past the sub-regional level.

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