Pullin' his weight

As a ninth grader, Chris Anderson nearly became the first South Kitsap freshman ever to lift 1,000 pounds combined in the squat, bench, and curl.

SK football coach D.J. Sigurdson knew he had a gem of a football player for the next four years.

This being his fourth year in the program, Anderson left a lasting imprint on the weightlifting scales when the football team concluded its summer testing last week.

Anderson, a starting middle linebacker, not only has this year’s bragging rights, but he is amongst the top three overall weightlifters in the football program’s storied history.

Anderson’s clean of 312 pounds was good for No. 4 on SK’s all-time top 10 list; his bench of 379 pounds was six pounds short of Jeff Rio’s school record of 384 pounds; and his squat of 605 pounds put him in a tie for second with Ryan Yingling (1993) behind his brother Buddy Anderson (611 pounds).

Anderson said he was happy to surpass his brother in the bench and clean.

“I beat a couple of my brother’s marks, so that feels pretty good,” he said.

His combined lifted weight put him in an elusive 1,200-plus (pounds) club and fell just four pounds short of being the first to join the 1,300-plus club.

Anderson attributes his success to the intense off-season workouts he’s committed himself to over the last three years.

“I got much stronger because I worked on my speed and flexibility this summer,” he said. “Now I get to hit people.”

Sigurdson said genetics plays a role in Anderson’s strength.

“He is a force,” Sigurdson said. “It has to be genetics with (him and Buddy). It’s something that comes naturally to him.”

While Anderson’s marks will raise quite a few eyebrows with college recruiters, he’s not alone amongst his teammates.

Fellow senior linebacker and running back Jon Shepherd made huge strides this summer both on and off the field.

Sheperd finished second behind Anderson in the squat (533 pounds), second in the bench (306), and fifth in the clean (273) to join the 1,100-plus club.

Senior lineman Clayton Hutchens nearly joined Sheperd in the 1,100-plus club.

He benched 285, squatted 515, and cleaned 291 for a total of 1,091 pounds.

Also making impressive marks were seniors Richard Fein, Steven Razey, Gene Bailey and Shannon Haney.

Fein, a starting wide receiver, finished fourth in the bench with 298 and and third in the squat 524.

Razey, a starting lineman, was fifth in the squat (490) and third in the clean (286).

Bailey, also a starting lineman, was third in the bench (306).

Haney, a running back and linebacker, cleaned 280 pounds for fourth-best in that category.

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