Navarre aims for return to top in girls weightlifting

Music is blaring early on a Wednesday morning, almost to the point where it’s drowning out the sound of weights clanking inside the Navarre weight room.

Forget rise and shine. This is rise and grind.

The Raiders’ girls weightlifting team has a reputation for hard work, but their motivation to work entering the season has a little more fire to it.

That’s because a streak of consecutive state championships hit a wall at four in February. Navarre finished seventh at state in Panama City Beach. Understandably, that doesn’t sit well with the Raiders.

“I feel our will to win and motivation is so much higher this year,” senior Alexis Prather said. “We are all coming in grinding harder than ever before. We are all going for it. We want to win.”

Prather finished third at state last season in the unlimited division. And as much as it stung to fall short of the goal of winning the program’s sixth title in seven years, the defeat isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“It hurt, but I felt we needed it to reboot our system,” Prather said.

Read the full article in the Oct. 31 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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