Since 2015, Alma High School has hosted the annual high school state weightlifting championships in Airedale Arena. More than 50 schools and 400 athletes from all corners of the state take part in the meet. Airedales football coach Doug Loughridge and other coaches agree weightlifting benefits their football programs.
Scottie Bordelon is a sports reporter for NWA Media covering Springdale High and Springdale Har-Ber. He previously worked in Fort Smith, where his beat was Northside High School. He is a University of Arkansas graduate.
However, weightlifting is not sanctioned by the Arkansas Activities Association.