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The weighting is the hardest part

"Statistics don't matter during the season, but in the summer time statistics are the most important thing to South Kitsap High School football players.SK coach D.J. Sigurdson is all about team, but he believes the summer is a time for players to improve themselves individually so they can improve the team collectively.Summer testing last week concluded the summer workout season and the results included some new team records.Senior Ryan Cole, a highly coveted running back, lifted a combined 1,152 pounds in the power clean (316 pounds), squat (521), and bench press (315).Though his summer power clean was two pounds short of the school record, Cole captured the record last spring with a clean of 319 pounds - one pound better than 1993 graduate Tony Coats.Senior Buddy Anderson was unable to test this summer, but in the spring he earned the title of SK's strongest man ever, lifting a combined 1,244 pounds.Individually, Anderson is first in the squat (611 pounds), second in bench (366 pounds). He also cleaned 267 pounds.Senior defensive linemen Chris Krueger (277, 514, 298 -1089) and Phil Estevez (248, 546, 290 - 1084), and sophomore linebacker Chris Anderson (260, 468, 273 - 1001) also made the 1,000-plus Club.Estevez' squat of 546 pounds was a team-best this summer.Seniors Ben Duncan (984), Matt Christenbury (967), Lorenzo Bryant (912), Scott Kasten (900), and junior Beau White (908) put their names on the 900-plus Club.Cole and senior Tyler Mayfield highlighted the skills assessment testing.Cole ran the 40-yard dash in the program's third-fastest time of 4.55. Tim Sams, a 1997 graduate, set the school record with a 4.51 and Casey Fisher has the second-best with a 4.53.Mayfield's time of 4.63 was good enough for eighth-fastest and junior Victor Valle put himself in a tie for 10th place.In agility, nobody came close to the school record, but Mayfield led the team with a 4.27 score. Sean Banks was second with 4.33 and Cole followed with 4.39.In the vertical jump Mayfield placed sixth on the all-time list with a jump of 34.5 inches.Junior Nick Anderson took a leap of 33 inches, and Cole, Valle, and Nate Wittig tied for third at 30.5.Sigurdson said the individual results are always indicative of how much work each athlete sacrificed.This is a time the guys really focus their attention on the individual, Sigurdson said. The individual that puts forth the effort is reflected in the testing.Sigurdson reiterated that the amount of weight lifted is relative to each individual.Obviously 160-pound skill players aren't going to put up mind-boggling numbers.Sigurdson said what is looked at is the improvements made from last season to this season.Overall Sigurdson said he was pleased and pleasantly surprised with some of the numbers generated at the summer test.There was a whole bunch, he said. Lorenzo Bryant did a great job. I'm really happy for him. Obviously I'm happy for Chris Krueger and Phil Estevez. Ben Duncan moved up, too.Bryant, who weighed in at 159 pounds last year, has added 10 pounds of muscle this season.More than a dozen players have increased their muscle mass by a considerable amount of weight.Kasten has made the biggest jump (29 pounds) from 176 pounds last year to 205.Krueger (27 pounds) has gone from 247 to 274, Estevez (26 pounds) increased from 227 to 253. Christenbury, Anderson, and White each added 24 pounds to their frame.Sigurdson said he was pleased with the results from skills assessment.We had 19 guys run under five (seconds) flat, he said. We had three guys under 4.7. Overall everyone did a good job and we're obviously getting stronger. "

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