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SCHILLER PARK, Ill., April 21, 2010 – As the team's starting quarterback, captain and the nations' leader in 8-man passing and total yardage, Pasco, Washington Tri-Cities Prep High School senior, Will Hoppes, played every game as if it was his last. Leading his team to a state championship win, Hoppes set many records throughout his high school football career, including seven Washington state career and game passing records, 21 Tri-Cities Prep High School records and six national career and game passing records.
In the 2009 season he completed 70 percent of his passes for 3,062 total yards, while completing 47 touchdown passes against just six interceptions. Overall, he finished the season with 3,964 yards for rushing and passing combined, and was responsible for 60 touchdowns. In his three-year career as the starting quarterback, Hoppes finished with national and state records of 13,251 total yards, 10,537 total passing yards, 593 completions and 142 touchdown passes.
"He has the rare ability to both lead by example on the field and in the classroom, while also providing encouragement and promoting confidence in his teammates," said Dan Whitsett, head football coach for Tri-Cities Prep High School. "His work ethic sets an example for all the young student athletes at Tri-Cities Prep. He is one of a kind."
The Hammer Strength Football Player of the Year Award honors student-athletes who demonstrate consistent dedication in four key areas: work ethic, effort, leadership and academics. As a runner-up, Hoppes will receive a plaque from Hammer Strength, a Hammer Strength T-shirt and will be profiled on the Life Fitness Web site as well as in the April issue of American Football Monthly magazine.
At six feet tall and weighing only 180 pounds, Hoppes surprisingly set the standard in the weight room as well. A typical workout for Hoppes during the season includes four days in the weight-room focusing on total-body workouts. Determined to show his weight was just a number, Hoppes had no problem doing 200-pound dead lifts, 75-pound military presses and squats with 235 pounds.
On top of being the team captain for the last three seasons, Hoppes has maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.7, while carrying a GPA of 3.9 for his senior year. He has made honor roll all four years of high school, and is hoping to attend either Seattle University or Portland University in the fall.
About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in providing fitness equipment. The company manufactures and sells strength and cardiovascular equipment under the brand names Life Fitness and Hammer Strength and distributes its equipment in more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Schiller Park, Ill., Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).