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Shawnee Heights Battle of the Bigs puts spotlight on the guys in the trenches

By RICK PETERSON

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When high school football practice begins in mid-August, linemen will go back to laboring in relative obscurity.

FVvMazUXwAUkh3fShawnee Heights junior Rykan Carver, who finished second individually, competes in the obstacle course during Monday's Battle of the Bigs Lineman Challenge at Shawnee Heights. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

But Monday's Battle of the Bigs Lineman Challenge at Shawnee Heights was all about the men in the trenches.

Fifty-nine linemen from Shawnee Heights, Topeka West, Washburn Rural, Basehor-Linwood, Blue Valley and Royal Valley took part in the Battle of the Bigs, competing in a variety of drills/activities while competing for individual and team prizes.

"We do it because the skill guys get to have fun all summer and the linemen, all they do is push sleds and work in the weight room, so we see this as kind of a way to reward the linemen and kind of create that unity in their unit,'' Shawnee Heights coach Jason Swift said. "They always say they have a great time.'' 

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Participating athetes took part in nine measured events:

• 40-yard scoop and score.

• Tractor tire flip.

• Pro agility drill.

• 10-yard sled pull.

• 185-pound bench press for reps.

• Medicine ball toss.

• 10-yard sled drive.

• Pursuit drill.

• Obstacle course.

"We wanted to do something fun for the linemen,'' Swift said. "Linemen are always like, 'How come we don't get to do 7 on 7, how come we don't get to do stuff?' So that's why we put this together: 'Let's make it a fun day, non-contact, but competitive. More importantly we want to help build that brotherhood inside the trenches.''

Top 8 Individuals

Zach Pombo – BVHS – 208

Rykan Carver – SHHS – 205

Lukas Hanks – WRHS – 202

Cooper Veit – BVHS – 197

Caleb Seelbach – SHHS – 196

Kyrece Robinson – TWHS – 196

Logan Gail – BLHS – 194

Lincoln Stueve – BVHS -193

Top 4 Teams

Blue Valley High School                  984

Shawnee Heights High School     956

Basehor-Linwood High School     932

Washburn Rural High School       911