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Tigers, Wolves power up at lineman challenge

Tualatin takes fourth place, Tigard fifth out of 24 teams


Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - FLIP IT -- Tualatin High School senior-to-be Cam Frey took first place in the tire flip event with 17 flips. TUALTIN — Everywhere you looked, there they were.

Linemen.

Linemen running.

Linemen lifting.

Linemen powering.

Linemen, linemen, linemen.

That’s a sight that must certainly brought a smile to the face of Ian Reynoso, and it also must of lit the competitive spirit of the linemen that were seen, well, everywhere.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - READY FOR ACTION -- The two Tigard High School teams were set to compete in the Metro Area Lineman challenge, held July 19 at Tualatin High School. The fifth-annual Metro Area Lineman Challenge, held July 19 at Tualatin High School, was the biggest version yet of the event, which pits high school football linemen in various competitions involving speed, power, agility and explosiveness.

“This is awesome,” said Reynoso, a former University of Oregon standout lineman who founded the Metro Area Lineman Challenge. “All of the kids are really getting after it. This is a lot of fun.”

There were 24 teams in all vying at the lineman challenge, up from 15 the year before, and they all seemed to be thriving in the competition, as well as the camaraderie.

“This is great,” Tigard’s Garrett Huebner said. “It helps us bond.”

“Last year, we were the loudest group,” Tigard junior-to-be Conner Crist said. “This year, we want to be even louder.”

“This is a lot of fun,” Tigard’s Chris Kennedy said. “It’s a big thing for us.”

“And this gives us a chance to scope out the competition,” Tigard senior-to-be Kevin Henderson said.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - WOLVES ON THE PROWL -- The two Tualatin teams turned in strong performances at the Metro Area Lineman Challenge.Speaking of competition, Tualatin was also looking to make plenty of noise at the linemen challenge.

“It’s fun to compete,” Timberwolf senior-to-be Cam Frey said.

“There’s more competition this year,” Tualatin senior-to-be Garrison Saina said. “That’s good.”

“This is my first time doing this,” Tualatin’s Alex Newcomb said. “It’s a lot more fun than the other stuff we do.”

“It’s nice to see what we’ll be going up against,” Tualatin senior-to-be Treves Lindstrom said.

“Yeah, we usually eye Jesuit,” Frey said.

“We want to see how we compete against the other teams,” Lindstrom said.

As it turned out, the Timberwolves competed pretty darn well. They finished in fourth place, out of 24 squads, in the final team standings with 46 points.

“It’s been going good,” Saina said during the competition. “It’s just as good, if not better, than last year.”

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - POWER -- Tigard's Conner Crist gives it his all during the tug-of-war competition. Tigard was right behind the Wolves, taking fifth place with a score of 31.

“It’s been going pretty good. We’re all muscles,” Tigard senior-to-be Austin Goodhouse said during the competition.

The Metro Area Lineman Challenge consisted of 10 events — the 40-yard dash, shuttle run, vertical jump, standing broad jump, bench press, tire flip, farmer’s carry, tug-of-war, two-man blocking sled relay and obstacle course.

Team point totals and individual point totals were compiled during the competition.

Frey seemed to step up big for Tualatin during the day.

He placed first among all competitors in the tire flip event, with 17 flips. Frey also had the top performance in the obstacle course with a time of 27.41 seconds.

Frey also had top-10 finishes in the 40-yard dash (ninth, at 5.01), in the shuttle run (ninth, at 4.58) and in the standing broad jump (eighth, at 102 inches). He finished in third place, overall, out of 209 competitors, in the final individual standings for the lineman challenge with a score of 6,709 points.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - GOOD JOB -- Tualatin's Garrison Saina smiles as he congratulates teammate Cam Frey following his winning performance in the tire flip.Saina also shined for Tualatin at the challenge, as he finished in 13th place in the individual standings with 6,085 points.

Saina’s best event was the farmer’s walk, where he placed fifth by carrying the 315-pound weight 88 yards in one minute. Saina also tied for fifth place in the tire flip, with 15 flips.

Also for Tualatin, Blake McDill tied for 11th in the bench press, with 18 repetitions for the 185-pound weight.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - CARRY IT -- Austin Goodhouse, a Tigard High School senior-to-be, competes in the farmer's carry event, walking with 315 pounds of weight.Nick Otto, competing for the Tualatin 2 team, was 14th in the obstacle course with a time of 29.25. Tualatin’s Oliver Price was 15th in that event with a time of 29.25 and Justin Ayers, competing for the Tualatin 2 team, was 20th at 29.58.

Ryan Hecker, competing for the Tualatin 2 team, tied for 12th in the vertical jump with a mark of 27 inches and he was 20th in the shuttle run with a time of 4.63. John Ayers also tied for 12th in the vertical jump with a mark of 27 inches.

Goodhouse helped lead the way for Tigard at the challenge, placing 19th in the final overall individual standings with 5,758 points.

Goodhouse tied for fifth in the tire flip, with 14 flips, and he tied for 18th place in the bench press, with 16 reps.

Crist finished in 21st place in the overall standings with 5,739 points. He tied for fifth place in the bench press with 21 reps, he tied for eighth in the farmer’s carry with 82 yards and he was 18th in the tire flips with 12 flips.

Derek McMurray, a Tigard junior-to-be, had maybe the most impressive individual performance for the Tigers, as he took first place in the bench press with 28 reps.

Also for Tigard, Henderson tied for ninth place in the bench press with 19 reps. Taylor Smith, competing for the Tigard 2 team, tied for 12th in the vertical jump with a mark of 27 inches.

Tigard also finished in third place in the tug-of-war, being edged by new rival Central Catholic in the semifinals.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - IN CHARGE -- Ian Reynoso, founder of the Metro Area Lineman Challenge, gives directions prior to the farmer's carry event.And, while the Tigard and Tualatin squads fared well while enjoying the competition at the Metro Area Lineman Challenge, both teams are also looking ahead to this fall’s high school football season with optimism.

“We want to get back to Jeld Wen Field (now Providence Park, site of the Class 6A semifinals and state championship game),” Crist said.

“We’re looking to get a ring,” Henderson added.

“And we’re real excited for Sherwood (Tigard’s Three Rivers League opener, set to be played Sept. 19 at Tigard High School),” Crist said.

Tualatin also has some high hopes.

“We want to be league champions,” Frey said.

“And beat Tigard,” Saina added with a smile.

Competitors for the Tigard 1 team at the lineman challenge included Zack Jacobs, Henderson, Crist, Jeff Utumoa Lefeiloa’i, Kennedy, Huebner, Jossa Manners, Goodhouse and McMurray.Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - TOP LIFTER -- Tigard's Derek McMurray placed first in the bench press, lifting 185 pounds 28 times.

Competitors for the Tigard 2 team included Cole Harrington, Matthew Pulupuna, Smith, Alex Kraft, Luke Burdick, Paris Washington and Chris Choffat.

Competitors for the Tualatin 1 team included Garrison Saina, McDill, Lindstrom, Oliver Price, Danny Williams, Newcomb, Tucker Trost, Frey and John Ayers.

Competitors for the Tualatin team tam included Otto, Ivan Enriquez, Jack Jellesed, Justin Ayers, Hecker, Anthony Cario-Reyes, Gerald Saina, Jarius Jackson, Jared McBride and Justin Arbuckle.

Jesuit took first place in the final team standings with 58 points. Lake Oswego was second at 56.

Jesuit’s Nathan Hartmeier was the individual champion with 7,281 points.



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