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2014 Hernando Today All-County Boys Weightlifting Team

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Lifter of the Year

Austin Stock

199 pounds

Springstead – Senior

COMMENTS: Multiple-sport athlete who excelled in football, wrestling and weightlifting … Notched 75 tackles during his third football season in 2013 … Repeat All-County weightlifting selection … Named unanimously as Lifter of the Year … Competed in weightlifting for four seasons, the last three as a starter … As a first-year lifter in 2012, Stock competed in five meets. He placed runner-up in the Springstead quad and Hernando County Championship … Captured two meets (Fivay and Weeki Wachee tri-meets) … In 2013, he competed in six meets and captured four – all in a row (River Ridge quad, Weeki Wachee and Hernando duals, and 15th Hernando County Championship at Springstead) … Climbed from a sixth-place Class 2A, District 4 finish in 2012 to a fourth-place finish … Led all county lifters with a 525-pound total at 183 … In a brilliant senior campaign, Stock defeated 61-of-62 opponents … Captured a county-best (tied with teammate Geoff Boettjer and Hernando’s David Goodwin) seven meets – all in a row (Hernando dual, Weeki Wachee and Sunlake tri-meets, Nature Coast dual, Springstead tri-meet, Hernando County Championship and 2A-3 at Sunlake) … Winning streak ended following a silver-medalist finish during the 40th FHSAA Finals in Osceola County … The fourth-seeded Stock, who successfully lifted 5-of-6 attempts at states at 199, fell to top-seeded Andrew Ratica of Orange Park, 680-675 … Stock concluded the season hoisting the county’s highest totals at both 183 and 199 … Stock’s 385-290—675 serves as the school’s best-ever performance at states … Stock’s efforts extended SHS’ school record with a state medal to eight straight seasons.

QUOTES: “Stock had a tremendous senior year. Since Day 1 in the weight room, he kept saying he’d win states. He came within five pounds of his dream this year. … What I liked most? He had tremendous technique. It’s funny but by changing his technique prior to states, his totals went way up. … Had he weighed in 2/10ths a pound less, he may have dictated the tempo at states. Coming in 1/10th of a pound more than Ratica made a huge difference in strategy. … The biggest difference was he was all bought in. He ate right and properly conditioned his body. After football, he came in with a goal in mind and just about got there. … He was definitely a leader in our weight room. His work ethic is something positive for our younger lifters to see.”

- Springstead head coach Mike Garofano

“With Stock there wasn’t a question of who the county’s best lifter was. To me, he was fun to watch. It’s great to see his intensity and his drive on the platform. I told our guys, this is the guy you’d better watch; he had such great technique.”

- Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee

“Stock was part of the program for four years. He put in a lot of time behind the scenes. He forces the other kids in that weight class to do better.”

- Hernando head coach Mike Einspahr

“Stock was always focused; you could see it in his eyes. He had his eyes on the prize the whole time.”

- Central head coach Chris Sands

“I told our kids that the kids that are doing their lifts correctly will have success. The better the technique, the better the chance of finishing higher. To me, Stock’s technique was his greatest strength.”

- Nature Coast head coach Justin Worden

Steven Torres

119 pounds

Springstead – Senior

COMMENTS: Two-year varsity letterman … Repeat All-County selection … In 2013, Torres competed in six meets capturing first place three times (Hernando and Central duals and Hernando County Championship) …Was one of two Eagle county champions … A year later, Torres captured a personal-best 6-of-7 meets, including six in a row (Weeki Wachee, Sunlake and Springstead tri-meets, Hernando and NCT duals and Hernando County Championship) … Did not advance to states due to his third-place finish during the rugged 2A-3 Meet at Sunlake … Hoisted a county-leading and career-best 315 total at Sunlake.

QUOTES: “He got us team points in every meet; he was a staple in our lineup. We’re going to have to recruit guys in the hallways to retrieve those team points next year. Steven will be difficult to replace.”

- Springstead head coach Mike Garofano

Geoff Boettjer

129 pounds

Springstead – Junior

COMMENTS: Another two-year letterman … First-time All-County selection … As a sophomore in 2013, Boettjer captured four of the five meets he competed in (River Ridge quad, and Weeki Wachee, Hernando and Central duals) … Scratched out during the Hernando County meet … Hoisted the county’s highest totals at 119 and 129 … In an outstanding junior campaign, he forged a personal-high seven straight wins (Weeki Wachee, Sunlake and Springstead tri-meets, Hernando and NCT duals, Hernando County Championship and 2A-3) before not placing in the FHSAA Finals at Kissimmee’s Civic Center … Boettjer placed 13th in his first-ever trip to states behind a county-leading and personal-best 420 total.

QUOTES: “Had a great season. He’s a gym rat, who lives in the weight room. He had one hiccup during the county meet. He reached states this year, but he’s looking to do damage next year. … He still needs to work on his cleans. … He’ll be our team leader next year. He already has kids following him around in the weight room – that’s good to see.”

- Springstead head coach Mike Garofano

David Goodwin

139 pounds

Hernando – Senior

COMMENTS: Three-year letterman, three-year starter … First-time All-County selection … Two-time district champion and two-time state qualifier … As a first-year sophomore, Goodwin competed in seven meets, winning thrice (NCT and Weeki Wachee duals, and the 1A-6 Meet at South Sumter) … Hoisted a county-best 385 at South Sumter … Finished 19th at the FHSAA Finals behind a 375-pound total … As a junior, Goodwin finished no lower than second in seven meets … Goodwin won four meets (Weeki Wachee and Citrus tri-meets, Springstead dual and the 1A-6 district qualifier at Weeki Wachee) … Finished an agonizing second in the 1A-6 Meet at Fivay to Hudson’s Shawn Robinson, 450-410, denying him a repeat trip to states … Turned in a fabulous senior campaign behind a county-best seven wins – all in a row – (Springstead dual, Sunlake 6-way meet, Weeki Wachee, Citrus and NCT duals, Hernando County Championship and the 1A-6 Meet at Fivay) … .Goodwin was the Leopards’ lone county and district champion this season … In his second visit to states he placed 11th overall … Hoisted the county’s highest amount at 139 behind a 460 total at Fivay … Goodwin departs the Bell Avenue campus with 14 career victories in 22 meets (64 percent), plus four runner-up finishes.

QUOTES: “Last year he had a good season for not making states. This time, he won the county and districts again and went back to states. David feels like he should have done a little better. He capped off his career as a team MVP. … What I’ll miss most? I’ll miss his confidence. When he walked into a meet, he expected to win. He’s one of those guys that didn’t say much and just went to work.”

- Hernando head coach Mike Einspahr

Austin Asher

154 pounds

Central – Senior

COMMENTS: Four-year letterman, four-year starter when healthy … First-time All-County selection … Flew under the radar for his first two seasons due to the presence of teammate Thomas Maynard … Didn’t win in either of his first two meets as a frosh … As a sophomore in 2012, Asher captured first place in two of the four meets he competed in (Weeki Wachee dual and Central tri-meet) … As a junior, he competed in five meets and captured the Springstead dual … As a senior, Asher put it all together reeling off a personal-best and team-best six straight wins (Fivay and Weeki Wachee tri-meets, NCT and Lecanto duals, Springstead tri-meet and Hernando County Championship) across seven meets … Asher’s win skein was halted with a second-place finish in the 1A-6 Meet at Fivay, losing to district champ Kody McDow of Citrus, 525-450 … His 460 total against NCT served as the county’s high-water mark at 154.

QUOTES: “Austin was able to dominate this area. We ran into some really, really strong Citrus kids at districts. They’re numbers were so high, there was only so much we could do. … The number one word I’d use to describe Austin is consistent. He competed at a high level all season long. He had a great season, especially being a senior. … He didn’t do what he wanted to in districts, but he deserves this recognition.”

- Central head coach Chris Sands

Shawn O’Gorman

169 pounds

Weeki Wachee – Sophomore

COMMENTS: First-year starter … First-time All-County selection … Participated in six meets … Despite finishing second three times, he captured two meets (Hernando dual and the Hernando County Championship) … He defeated top-seeded Dylan Moore at the county meet, 450-440 … Closed out his initial varsity season placing sixth in the 1A-6 Meet.

QUOTES: “Shawn made great improvements. He eats and sleeps in the weight room. He’s a well-mannered kid. … I just wish we could take his drive and work ethic and spread it among some other kids. If you put his efforts into a 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3 frame, he’d be an outstanding prospect. … From last year till now, he’s done a great job getting his form down.”

- Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee

Anthony Dinardo

183 pounds

Weeki Wachee – Senior

COMMENTS: Four-year letterman, four-year starter … First-time All-County selection … Competed in six meets as a freshman and sophomore, winning once (Crystal River dual in 2012) … Competed in a personal-best eight meets in 2013, winning four times (Springstead and NCT duals, the 1A-6 qualifier and 1A-6 Meet) … As the Hornets’ first-ever state qualifier, Dinardo placed 13th … As a senior, Dinardo added three wins (NCT and Hernando duals and the Hernando County Championship) in five meets … Concluded his prep career sans a repeat state appearance by placing third in 1A-6 Meet.

QUOTES: “Dinardo did very well. He would have gone to states again. His only problem was beating the Citrus kid (district champion Rhys Fenech). … Weightlifting is something he took very seriously. He’s been committed to the sport. It was great to see him win the county meet. … We’re going to miss all the points he scored. You knew he’d get us points every time he competed.”

- Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee

Nathaniel Walker

219 pounds

Springstead – Senior

COMMENTS: Lifted for three seasons, the last two as a starter … First-time All-County selection … As a first-year junior, Walker competed in the shadows behind Hernando’s solid 1-2 punch of Kyle Loparco and Robert Hill Bronson … He captured two meets (Weeki Wachee and Central duals) … As a senior, Walker competed in five meets, winning four (Weeki Wachee and Sunlake tri-meets, NCT dual and Hernando County Championship) … Did not advance to states finishing fourth in the 2A-3 Meet … Hoisted his county-leading and personal-best 530 total at Sunlake.

QUOTES: “Worked extremely hard in his power cleans; displayed great technique. … He’s one of those guys who said after the season, ‘I can’t believe it’s over; no more meets.’ … Weightlifting gave him a name and he enjoyed it. He’s one of those guys that made the most of his opportunities.”

- Springstead head coach Mike Garofano

Anderson Ramsey

238 pounds

Central – Senior

COMMENTS: First-year lifter … First-time All-County selection … Competed in seven meets, including six at 238 … Won four meets (Weeki Wachee, NCT and Springstead tri-meets and Hernando County Championship) … Ramsey and Austin Asher were the lone two Bears to earn county crowns this season … Finished a disappointing fifth in the loaded 238 class during the 1A-6 Meet … Hoisted a county-best 550 during the NCT dual on Feb. 26.

QUOTES: “The 238-pound weight class at districts was pretty tough. Ramsey and the kid from Hernando (Brandon Laursen) went at it all year. … He had a great year, but he really isn’t that strong, he just worked at it. … What I’ll miss most is a guy who came ready to work every time he stepped into the (weight) room. He was always a positive-type guy. He was like a coach to the other kids on the platforms.”

- Central head coach Chris Sands

Michael Miara


Springstead – Senior

COMMENTS: Multi-sport athlete … Was a rare four-year football starter … Twice named All-County football (2013-14) … Another two-year starter in the weight room. … First-time All-County weightlifting selection … In five meets in 2013, Miara placed as high as second thrice (River Ridge quad, and Weeki Wachee and Central duals) … After serving as an understudy to Ethan Kemp, Miara enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2014 … Across seven meets, Miara won a personal-best five (Weeki Wachee and Springstead tri-meets, Hernando and NCT duals, plus the Hernando County Championship) … Concluded his prep career with a personal- and county-best 555, placing third in the 2A-3 Meet.

QUOTES: “He just did his job; he was very business-like in his approach. … After football, he took a couple months off to recuperate. As the season went on, he got better. He began peaking out during the stretch run of the season. … He’s someone I could rely on whether it was on the football field or under the bar. … He’s a special kid, one I’m going to miss. Miara’s one of those kids who never missed a practice, or ever missed a workout – those are the ones that are the hardest to replace.”

- Springstead head coach Mike Garofano

Coach of the Year

Mike Garofano

Springstead – 11th Year

COMMENTS: School-record 11th-season as Eagles’ weightlifting mentor … Thirteen-time Coach of the Year selection including seventh time in boys weightlifting, five times in girls weightlifting and once in football (2013) … Guided the Eagles to his seventh Hernando County championship, snapping Hernando’s two-year grip … Has produced more Hernando County individual champions (41) than any county mentor … Paced SHS to its first-ever district runner-up trophy in the 2A-3 Meet behind the champion Sunlake Seahawks, 42-31 … Produced 15 sectional champions from 2004-10 … Since the state changed to district championships, Garofano has produced five champions, including two this year … Qualified two lifters for the FHSAAFinals … Holds the county record for the most state qualifiers (28) and the most state placers (11) … Holds the school record with nine state-meet appearances, including a county-record eight straight visits … Garofano has returned from states with a state placer in a school-record eight straight seasons … The past four seasons, Garofano’s lifters have collected two gold medals and two silver medals at states.

QUOTES: “It’s really hard to top this year. It was fun but it was also a demanding and grinding year highlighted by a lot of firsts. Finishing within the top eight in football was one thing. Winning districts in football again, plus winning two playoff games was something. Because of all the time spent in football, I felt I short-changed the girls (weightlifting team). … I enjoyed coaching the girls, but I’m sure Shauna (Cancel) will do an excellent job next year. I’ll help out when I can. … A lot of this team’s success rests with our seniors. Losing last year’s county meet left a bad taste in our (weight) room for a year. We should have pulled that meet out. But this year we had a group of lifters that were dedicated and didn’t miss workouts. We really savored winning the county and bringing home our first-ever district (runner-up) trophy.”

- Garofano

“Two things really standout for Coach Garofano. First, he’s really organized and knows exactly what he’s doing. Next, he had double the amount of lifters anyone else had in the county. … He’s held his kids accountable in football and in the weight room. When he arrives at meets his kids are prepared to compete. … The kids want to perform for him; they really rally around him.”

- Central head coach Chris Sands

“For Coach Garofano, his weightlifting success goes hand-in-hand with his football success. The key in both sports is you have to have the guys put the work in. The weightlifting team carried over the success from football. … Coach Garofano does an excellent job of keeping the kids focused; he has no problems motivating his kids.”

- Nature Coast head coach Justin Worden

“He’s no stranger to success. He knows how to compete and how to get his kids ready for the bigger meets.”

- Hernando head coach Mike Einspahr

“Mike has always done a great job, especially from a strategic standpoint. He not only puts his team, but his lifters in a position for success.”

- Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee

2014 Hernando Today All-County Boys Weightlifting Team


119 Steven Torres** Springstead 12th

129 Geoff Boettjer*= Springstead 11th

139 David Goodwin**%= Hernando 12th

154 Austin Asher* Central 12th

169 Shawn O’ Gorman* Weeki Wachee 10th

183 Anthony Dinardo*^ Weeki Wachee 12th

199 Austin Stock**+ Springstead 12th

219 Nathaniel Walker* Springstead 12th

238 Anderson Ramsey* Central 12th

HWT Michael Miara* Springstead 12th

Lifter of the Year – Austin Stock (Springstead)

Coach of the Year – Mike Garofano (Springstead)

+ Denotes 2014 state placer.

= Denotes 2014 state qualifier.

^ Denotes 2013 state qualifier.

% Denotes 2012 state qualifier.

* Denotes Hernando County champion.

** Denotes two-time Hernando County champion.

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