Ben Cooper

Central’s Cooper earns county repeat

Central senior Ben Cooper won his second straight county weightlifting title at 119 pounds Wednesday at Springstead. Photo by Chris Bernhardt Jr.

For Ben Cooper, it truly has been better late than never. He hasn’t been on the county boys weightlifting scene long, yet he has managed to make sizable impact. On Wednesday March 9 at the Springstead gym, the Central senior captured first place at 119 pounds in the Hernando County Championship Meet, with a 180-pound bench press and 120 clean-and-jerk for a 300 total.