Friday, November 26, 2010

Working off the Turkey...in Advance

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and we'll have leftover turkey sandwiches for the next three weeks, it is time to work off the L-B's from our big Turkey Day feasts. And if you are a Storm baseball player, you have had plenty of advanced training for working off the extra pounds from the holiday season. Part of this is because our guys live in the gym, but since the completion of fall ball they have also been participating in the Storm Fitness Challenge.

The Challenge has consisted of nine different fitness challenges that tested players in speed, strength and agility. The players remained in their SFL teams and competed both as a team and as individuals. Players received individual points based on their finish in a particular event, which were then added to their teams score. The team with the most individual points won the event and earned three points towards the overall standings, while the second place team earned two points and the third place team earned one point.

The Gray Team couldn't sweep 2010 by winning both the SFL Cup and the Storm Fitness Challenge. The Black Team edged out the Gray Team by a single point in The Challenge's team standings, 22-21 thanks to four, first-place finishes. On the individual side, outfielder Zach Mosbarger (Gray Team) was the position player champion as well as the overall champion. The leader on the mound was JD Ingalls (Black Team) who finished second in the overall standings. Eight of the top ten overall scorers were position players. The Fitness Challenge was done in conjunction with a five-week strength and conditioning program which provided a solid foundation for the eight-week training program which will last the entire winter break. The winter program will lead up to the beginning of spring practice, which starts in mid-January.

Below are the results for the team standings as well as the top five finishers in each challenge.

Team Standings
Black, 22 points (3434 overall)
Gray, 21 (3323)
Green, 11 (2656)

Top 5 Position Players
1. Zach Mosbarger, 374 points
2. Ryan Rua, 357
3. Justin Rebhun, 322
T4. Matt Toth, 305
T4. Kyle Kemp, 305

Top 5 Pitchers
1. JD Ingalls, 358 points
2. DJ Stastny, 300
3. Doug Fox, 281
4. Cameron Sheehan, 276
5. Logan Nordquist, 270

Squat (225 lbs)
1. Jae Leeworthy, 90 reps
2. AJ Gobar, 60
3. Mike Morgan, 52
4. Glenn Stewart, 45
5. Zach Mosbarger, 44

Push-ups (1 min)
1. Nick Lovick, 81 reps
2. Jae Leeworthy, 76
3. Matt Toth, 74
4. Zach Mosbarger, 73
5. Matt Vanni, 71

Sit-ups (1 min)
1. Zach Mosbarger, 84 reps
2. Matt Toth 82
3. JD Ingalls, 75
4. Ryan Rua, 71
5. 2 Tied at 70

Pull-ups
1. Ryan Rua, 30 reps
2. Matt Toth, 26
3. Johnny Christani, 23
4. Josiah Ring, 22
5. Matt Vanni, 21

Broad Jump
1. Matt Toth, 9 feet, 1 inch
2. DJ Stastny, 9'0"
3. Jimmie Shaw, 8'11"
4. Ryan Rua, 8'10"
5. 2 Tied at 8'9"

30-yd Sprint
1. Justin Rebhun, 3.87 seconds
2. Ryan Rua, 3.88
3. Zach Mosbarger, 3.90
4. JD Ingalls, 3.91
4. AJ Gobar, 3.91

60-yd Sprint
1. Ryan Rua, 6.93 seconds
T2. Matt Toth, 7.03
T2. Zach Mosbarger, 7.03
T2. Justin Rebhun, 7.03
5. 3 Tied at 7.12

Pro Agility
1. Matt Toth, 4.11 seconds
2. JD Ingalls, 4.12
3. Cameron Sheehan, 4.18
4. Zach Mosbarger, 4.25
5. Zack Justice, 4.34

300-yd Shuttle
1. Cameron Sheehan, 50.07 seconds
2. Ryan Rua, 51.42
3. Tyler Minnich, 51.78
4. JD Ingalls, 51.93
5. 2 Tied at 52.19