The 2012-13 Bay County girls weightlifting preview capsules:
Head coach: Anji Dunlap, 12th year
2011: 5-1, county champion
Leading returners: Ashton Wilson (101, so.), Olivia Breeze (110, jr.), Kailyn Helms (119, sr.), Payton Ledman (129, so.), Ramsey (183, jr.), Waring (199, jr.), Sankey (Unl., sr.).
Others to watch: McDonald (139, so.), Plyler (169, so.), Torres-Brown (169, fr.).
Key losses: Lyndi Bradley, Leigh Ann Casey, Casey Doyle, Katie Pepin, Meagan Ramsey, Shelbi Stansel, Savannah Stansel, Tinsley Ressler, Jayde Stansel, Sarah Roberson, Jordan Lanton, Dominique Davis
Notable: Having lost eight seniors, Arnold is fielding a team of 10 lifters, its smallest team in 10 years. The focus is on returning lifters to state.
Quotable: “We have a very small team. Each girl is focusing on improving her personal bests to qualify for the state meet in February. I’m excited about the group of girls I have. They have a lot of potential. The new lifters have been working hard the last few weeks to keep the Arnold weightlifting tradition moving in the right direction. And the veterans are great motivators.” — Anji Dunlap
Head coach: Lisa Garrett, sixth year.
2012: My’Keese Edwards placed at state.
Leading returners: Paxton Newell (so., 129), Jemaris Bryan (so., 183), Brianna Garcia (sr., 183), Samara Roberts (so., Unl.), Shauna McDade (so., Unl.).
Others to watch: Deneca Hamilton (so., 119), Jakeshia Sweeting (sr., 139), Michelle Watson (sr., 169).
Key losses: My’Keese Edwards, Alexandria Johnson.
Quotable: ”We are looking forward to this season. The girls have been working hard the past few weeks and I expect them to be competitive with other lifters throughout the district. They continue to get stronger every day and are ready for whatever lies ahead.” — Lisa Garrett
Head coach: Brianne Biddle, first year
Leading returners: Malory Walters (jr.), Jacey Peterson (jr.), RheaLynn Smith (jr.), Alexia DuBois (jr.), Laura Schekenbach (sr.).
Others to watch: Lauren MacWilliam (sr.), Tiffanie Bass (jr.), Katie Daniel (fr.), Sabrina Anderson.
Key losses: Alexis Taylor, Kayla Holder, Morgan Walters, Megan Daniel, Alyssa Kiessling, Marisa Polk, Niki Phillips, Taylor Phillips.
Notable: Alyssa Kiessling (state champion) and Alexis Taylor (state qualifier) are helping coach this group of girls this year.
Quotable: “We have a lot of girls who have never lifted before and some of those who are brand new to the sport are really doing awesome. I think even with the huge loss of our seniors from last year we will still have Mosley represented well at the state level this year in February.” — Brianne Biddle
Head coach: Kirk Harrell,13th year.
2012: Lenai Williams advanced to state meet for second year and medaled with a sixth-place finish.
Leading returners: Tiara Lebron, Mia Needham, Ashlyn Trogdon, Zipporah Williams.
Others to watch: Kennedy Young, Haley Flynn, Kathryn Harrell, Ciera Hodges, Lauren Leathers, Krystina Ward.
Key losses: Allyson Barron, Kelli Harrell, Leslie Fillmore, Lenai Williams, Lynisse Williams.
Notable: Rutherford competes in a 20-school district this season. … With only four returners on this year’s team they are going to have to step up and provide leardership for the new lifters.
Quotable: “We have many new lifters on our team this year. The girls are working hard and are improving quickly. They are a great group to coach.” — Kirk Harrell