By Ray Hamill — In what has been and continues to be a very difficult year for student athletes everywhere, at least one Eureka Logger has found a way to stay motivated.
Junior Shyloh Nicholson, who is expected to play a key role for the Eureka football team when play resumes, has been keeping busy working out on his own, and on Saturday he reached a milestone achievement, joining the Elite Level of Loggers weight lifting.
“During all of this he decided I’m going to work really, really hard,” Eureka head coach Andrew Haraldson said after presenting Nicholson with a t-shirt and some workout gear recognizing the accomplishment.
The Loggers have five levels of achievement in their weight lifting program, with the Elite Level the second highest and quite an accomplishment for an incoming junior.
To reach the Elite level, a player must bench five reps of 230 pounds, squat five reps of 275 pounds, and clean five reps of 190.
“This guy’s doing it during a global pandemic when the rest of us are just trying to get by,” Haraldson told his players in a video announcing the award. “This guy not only is getting by, he’s like pushing himself and moving forward and climbing a mountain and just doing a great job.”
With team workouts on hold, Nicholson has taken it upon himself to reach this level.
“He’s just a great kid, who’s a really hard worker,” Haraldson said.
Nicholson, who played JV last season, is expected to play a key role at offensive tackle next season.