St. Louis Linemen Challenge A Big Success

First of it's kind event draws a good group of linemen to compete at MICDS

Camp director and MICDS line coach, Nick Menneke, came up with the idea of having a lineman challenge and put together a great event for the often overlooked offensive and defensive linemen to compete in over the summer.

A group of 80+ varsity and JV linemen from schools as far away as Portageville (MO) and Jefferson City (MO), as well as local prospects, came together on a hot summer day to show their skills in a variety of events.

Participants were testing in such events as the forty yards sprint,bench press, medicine ball toss, vertical jump, sled drive and more.

Standouts on the day included overall varsity winner John Valentine 6'5" 245 DE MICDS who led the way with 53 overall points. Valentine stood out in such events as the forty (4.9), vertical jump (31") and power ball toss(45 feet).

Valentine told me that he is receiving recruiting interest from schools such as Illinois and Northern Illinois.

Portageville DE Jake Young 6'4" 215 also had a strong day running a 4.9 forty and vertical jumping 31 inches, and showing great agility.

Other varsity standout on the day included Brian Paur  and Drake Rallo of Francis Howell,James Barnes Trinity, Keith Jones McCluer North, Dwayne Ward Riverview Gardens and Wade Ellington Ladue.

Jones 6'2" 260, is only in the class of 2012, but was a strong contributor to his team as a starter along the offensive and defensive lines. He pushed up 18 reps of 185lbs and ran a 5.3 forty , and had a power ball toss of 41"on the day. Keith arrived late and said he missed several of the events but still managed to test among the top 15 there overall.

McCluer North was well represented by Myles McIntyre, John Austin and Jason Allen along with Jones and John Mosley.

Barnes led all campers with 23 reps of 185lbs, while Rallo held the vertical title with 32.5".

Leading the way for the JV linemen was another MICDS player, Devin Chaobat with 49 overall points.

Other JV linemen who had strong days were Cory Gideon North County, Max Platin MICDS, Caleb Calloway North County, Jack Kurzu MICDS and Myles McIntyre McCluer North

Top 10 Varsity Performers

John Valentine MICDS 53 Points
Jake Young Portageville 40 Points
Brian Paur Francis Howell Central 32 points
Chris Heimens MICDS 30 Points
Drake Rallo Francis Howell Central 28 Points
Dwayne Wade Riverview Gardens 23 Points
Ellington Wade Ladue 20 Points
Matt Myers Bowling Green 18 Points
Dilyn Pipkin North County 17 Points
James Barnes Trinity 16 Points

Top 5 JV Performers
Carby Kalal North County

2010 St. Louis Linemen Challenge Winner:John Valentine

Here is camp director Nick Menneke on the event.

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