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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Panthers pump up donations

  • The Panthers pumped iron to raise money for the football program on Monday at the field house. Monetary sums are not available at this point, but first-year Heber Springs head coach David Farr said the first Panther lift-a-thon was a major success.
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  • The Panthers pumped iron to raise money for the football program on Monday at the field house. Monetary sums are not available at this point, but first-year Heber Springs head coach David Farr said the first Panther lift-a-thon was a major success.
    The players sought sponsors prior to the lift. The sponsors had the option of a flat donation or giving a cent per pound lifted in bench press, squat and power clean combined.
    “It was an incredible event,” said Farr. “It went past what I expected. It was a lot bigger and it just shows you the support this community has for this program. There was an outpouring of support and people willing to sponsor. It was a very beneficial fund-raiser. I’ve been here six years now and it never ceases to amaze me how much these people are willing to give to help these kids and this program.”
    Senior lineman Jordan Hatsell pumped the most weight. He boasted a 495-pound squat, benched 295 and power cleaned 300 for a total weight of 1,090 pounds, which amounts to $109 in donation money.
    “The week before we tested those guys on their 40 and vertical jump as well and what was impressive about Jordan was he got his 40 down to a 5.35, which is good for a guy that big. He is 270 pounds. Then he jumped 27 1/2” which again is a really strong vertical jump for somebody that big,” added Farr.
    Senior lineman Zach McCormick was second at the lift-a-thon with a total of 1,050 pounds, including a 460-pound squat, 325-pound bench and power cleaned 265. Sophomore nose guard Shane Caldwell ended up third with 1,020 pounds (470 squat, 315 bench and power cleaned 235).
    Star running back Chandler Marquardt was fourth (460 squat, 280 bench and 260 power clean). Marquardt was timed at 4.45 in the 40 last week, giving the all-2-4A back a deadly combination of power and speed.
     “We are very excited about all of the guys on the team,” said Farr. “I’m not sure in all the years I’ve been coaching that I have been a part of an off-season more productive than this one. Across the board they have grown so much.
    “They’ve gotten stronger and put on weight. But you’ve got some guys that have put on 20 or 30 pounds and they have also maintained their speed.  They’ve been possessed daily and it’s been a grind,” stressed Farr.

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