Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Navarre girls weightlifting coach Garrett Bagley pulls into the high school parking lot at 7 a.m.
He unlocks the door to the weight room and greets the early arrivals. The girls start to arrive just before Bagley does. They chat with their friends, glance at their phones, check the time. Most have been awake for an hour and now they hurry into the weight room. They scan the white board to see what kind of torture Bagley has dreamed up for them.
Three girls alternate lifts at each station. They encourage each other while swinging the weights with a purpose.
For the first time in five years, the Raiders are not defending the state weightlifting title. It is a position they dislike and it serves as motivation.
A second consecutive down year isn’t expected, but there are concerns about the program.
The biggest question mark concerns their coach. Bagley has been with the team since 2014, producing state titles in five of the last seven years.
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