Posted on: February 8, 2018

Senior Powerlifter Statebound

Shelbie Rhodes 2

    Article written by: Reagan Whitehead, LEHS journalism student

Shelbie Rhodes 2

    Senior Shelbie Rhodes is powerlifting her way into success. It was during the first meet of the girls powerlifting season at Sunnyvale High School that Rhodes qualified for state with her outstanding total of 675 lbs.

    Not only did she qualify for state but she also won first in her 114 lbs. weight class. More and more opportunities are definitely opening up for Shelbie. She’s been powerlifting since freshman year and she is now in her 4th season. Rhodes said, “I believe powerlifting has shaped me into the person I am today.”  She said she believes that the girls’ Little Elm powerlifting team is “a major threat to other schools.” Rhodes said her main key to her successful journey is, “a strong mindset and determination.”

    In the four years Rhodes has been powerlifting, her coach Donald Hatcher says “she’s been a very strong part of the team and she just has more hard work to come.”

    With Rhodes already qualifying for state, her future is looking very bright based on her totals so far and based on everyone else’s totals in her weight class. Upcoming meets include the regional meet in Prosper on Thursday, March 1. She will also attend the State Powerlifting meet in Waco on March 16. Rhodes is focused on nothing but training and hard work for the weeks to come to prepare for her future meets. She has one more regular meet on February 8, in Frisco at Liberty High School where she will compete to try and get a higher  ranking in her weight class.

     Rhodes does not plan on lifting in college, however, she does plan on cheering while she attends Texas Tech University. The closer Rhodes’ final season of powerlifting is coming to an end, the harder this young lady keeps working. She is up at the school at 6 am every morning practicing to better herself. She’s made many friends and memories in this extreme sport and it’s “an experience she’ll never forget.”

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