Zach Steele Lives
Up To His Name
Zack Steele has a great name for an athlete. Zach was voted Most Masculine
this year at Dora High, and for good reason. He has played football for
the Dawgs for three years as defensive lineman, center, and guard. He
won the Wendy's Heisman for Dora High and also
won the Scholar/Athlete of the week during his final season at Dora.
Zach has been lifting weights since he joined the football team. The
main reason for lifting weights was to enable him to be more formidable
on the football field but a while back, Coach Banks and Coach Glover
assembled a core team of lifters to compete in the 2008 State Invitational
Power Lift Championship at Hamilton High School in Northwest Alabama.
The team included Chris Clark, Jacob Turner, Matt Tyree, Ian Sanders,
Randall, Sanders, Kyle Glover and Steele.
To prepare for the tournament, Zach worked out daily increasing his weight
each day. "I pushed myself to do more and more weight than I usually
do," he explained. "I worked mainly on my form since the requirements
were different for the tournament. Due to a knee injury during football
this year, I was really worried about being able to really compete with
the other guys," says Zach.
The coaches felt good about their team, but they were unsure about the
chances of the untested team. "We had worked hard," Zach said, "and
they felt like we earned the chance to compete."
There were 3 events in the tournament: squats, bench press, and power
cleans. Each event consisted of 3 lifts, and the score was based on the
amount of weight lifted correctly.
"I squatted 445 lbs, benched 275 lbs, and power cleaned 245 lbs," Steele
said. "This put me 300 lbs ahead of the previous champion who had won this
event 3 years in a row," he said. " This was not the heaviest I could
go, but it was all I needed to win the event." Zach took home the 2008 State
Invitational Power Lift Championship (in his division).
What's next for Zach Steele? "Graduation and college women," he
said smiling. He has been offered an academic scholarships to UAB, and
Birmingham Southern. At this time, Zach has not decided which college
What's in the future for Zach Steele? " In 2006 I started my on
vending business. I have about 12 locations already,
so if any companies out there need snack machines give me a call.," says
Zach. He plans to take courses in college that can help in my business
endeavors. "My step-dad deals in arcade games across 2 states (Kenny's
Arcade Games) and eventually I plan to buy him out and take over his
business....and then...the world," he says.
Zach lives in Dora with his parents Kenny and Jackie Hogan and sister
Kenna Hogan. He lifts Volkswagens and Toyota's to stay in shape.