Arnold Girls Weightlifting team wins 2A State Championship for the third consecutive year

Published: Feb. 13, 2021 at 11:11 PM CST
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -The Arnold Girls Weightlifting team won State for the third year in a row on Saturday at Suwanee High School with three of their own winning individual State Championships.

Emily Oliver placed first in the 101 lb. weight class, passing second by 20 pounds. Sana Habib placed first in the 129 weight class and set two state records, and Amerie Daniels placed first in the 154 lb. weight class.

“We are really proud of the girls,” said head coach, Josh Flaig. “We love the victory. We love that it is history making with only two other teams more than twice in a row in girl’s weightlifting. I think it’s just kind of surreal. It’s surreal. It’s bittersweet. It’s the end of the season, so it means losing the kids that we’ve been working with for a lot of years. It’s got give and take because we get really invested in them. You know?”

For Coach Flaig and Donka Flaig, the team “Mama,” it’s deeper than just trophies.

“It’s really rewarding to see how confident they become and how they learn to love themselves and just corral around each other and find a commonality. I think people forget. They say, ‘You have Amerie or Emily Oliver,’ but those girls their freshamn year did not place. They did not place. It took work. Sometimes it’s hard to remember all the sweat equity that went into it because you can look at the rankings and see how every year, they are climbing up slowly, and that’s just kind of the process we try to teach them all. You’ve just got to set a goal and not be scared to show up and put in the work.”

The Mosley Dolphins also took home some hardware placing third.


1. Arnold: 22

2. Port Charlotte: 19

3. Mosley: 17

4. Charlotte: 14

5. Sunlake: 13

6. New Smyrna Beach: 12

7. Winter Springs: 11

8. Clay: 10

9. Lake Wales: 9

10. Choctaw: 9

**Video correction: Location was Suwanee High School instead of St. Cloud High School

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