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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter In the last 11 months, eight Plumas County residents have participated in competitive power lifting and won. It was only a matter of time before a sanc- tioned Power lifting competition or "meet" would happen somewhere in Plumas County. All that was needed was the drive to make happen. Last year Portola lost one of its favorite sons. Billy Funk was tragically killed in an automobile accident Oct. 31, two weeks be- fore Billy was to make his power lifting debut with the American Power Lifting Associa- tion. In honor of Billy and his dedication to weight lifting, the American Power Lifting Association, or APA, will sanction the Billy Funk Memorial "All Raw" Power Lifting Championships Oct, 9. The event will be held at Healthy Bodies Fitness in Portola, sponsored by AST Sports Science, J's Feather River Rental, Chris An- derson Chiropractic, Woods Fire and Emer- gency, Pizza Factory of Portola, High Sierra Kettlebell Club, Johna and Billy Berg at High Sierra Properties, Nancy Fong, Getting to the Heart of the Matter, Chalet View Lodge and Funk Automotive. Sponsorship packages are still available and those interested can contact promoters Brad and Jamie Loom/s, 513-3336. The Billy Funk Memorial is an "All Raw" competition which means that competitors • • • Jamie Loomis successfully squatted 160 pounds in Grass Valley last year, on her way to a first place in the sub-master division. Portola will host an event Oct. 9. Photo submitted are not allowed to use special equipment like amount lifted will be their final score. They expensive bench press shirts and dead lift can also choose to compete in the full power suits. Only weight belts, knee and wrist category where the athletes will be compet- wraps are allowed, ing in the squat, bench press, and dead lift. APA will sanction the event and will be the The athlete will get three attempts at each lift official judges and scorers of the event. They and the greatest amount lifted in each lift will also be responsible for checking in all will be totaled for the competitor's final the athletes, weighing and organizing them score. into weight, age and bench only or full power In June 2009, Portola resident Jamie categories. Loomis competed in a full power event in Athletes will have their choice of cate- Grass Valley, where she was successful lift- gories. They may compete in the bench only ing 160 pounds in the squat, 105 pounds in the category, where each participant will get bench press, and 187 pounds in the dead lift. three attempts at the lift and the greatest Her lifts totaled 451 pounds which won her Wednesday, July 28, 2010 5C first place in her weight class in the 35 - 42 ages or sub-master division. "Competing in that event gave me an amount of self-confidence that I have never had," Jamie said after the event. "It was one of the most fun days of my life." Anyone can participate in the Billy Funk Memorial "All Raw" Power Lifting Champi- onships. Participants should get clearance from their physicians before starting any exercise program, and should prepare for the event with at least eight weeks of train- ing. Otherwise, all that is needed is the purchase of a $30 one-year membership with the American Power Lifting Associa- tion and the fees that go along with the chosen category. Those interested in competing in the event or attending classes to prepare for the event should contact promoters Brad and Jamie Loomis at 513-3336. Spectators are welcome to attend. Admis- sion will be $2 per person or $5 for a family of five. Opening ceremonies will be at 10:45 a.m. with the singing of the Star Spangled Ban- ner by local singer/songwriter K. Joanna Prichard. Lifting will start at 11 a.m. with the first event being the squat. For more information competitors and spectators can visit healthybodiesfitness.com or Healthy Bodies Fitness on Facebook. The Central Plumas Recre- ation and Park District's Adult Softball is down to just a couple of weeks left in the season. In the men's league, the Regulators have a comfort- able lead in first, with Stoney's, Busch Leaguers and Quincy Hot Spot in a tight race for second. In the women's league, Middle Age Mamas and Sweet Heat are looking like they will come down to the final game to decide the champion. In the Co-ed Lightning di- vision, Quincy Hot Spot and Deep Impact are neck and neck, and in the Co-ed Thun- der division, Indian Valley is holding on to a one-game lead over the Quincy Natur- al Foods Steamers. All the Adult Softball League games are played on weeknights at 6:30 p.m., and are played either at the fields at Feather River Col- lege, or at Gansner Park. Lightning division co-ed plays Mondays, men's divi- sion plays Tuesdays and Fri- days, Thunder division co-ed plays Wednesdays, and final- ly, women's division plays on Thursday evenings. For more information re- garding the Adult Softball League, contact the Recre- ation and Park District of- fice at 283-3278 or 34 Fair- ground Rd. in Quincy. Dan Pavlakis is one of many players who enjoy the adult soft- ball league sponsored by Central Plumas Recreation and Parks District. Photos submitted Kent and Valerie Grammer, owners of the Portola Pizza ry, sponsor one of the adult softball teams. 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