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Special to the DailyBattle Mountain's Trent Beckley, left, works out with the school's new Vertimax V6 machine with basketball coach Phil Tronsrue Wednesday.
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EAGLE-VAIL – Members of the boys basketball team, along with their coach Phil Tronsrue were the first to get the news this week that some cool new training equipment – the Vertimax V6 was sitting in the parking lot waiting to be set up in their very own training room. “It was like Christmas for the boys” said Margie Plath, “Watching the Trent (Beckley) and Derek (Rush) open the boxes and set up the Vertimax was worth all the work to get the equipment here.””Our athletic department is extremely fortunate to have received this generous donation from some very supportive people and families connected to BMHS.” said Tronsrue. “All the sports programs at BMHS will benefit from Vertimax V6. The V6 combines the best of both worlds – training velocity and training force. It will allow our athletes to perform sports specific training. Our basketball players will be able to develop more explosive leg power thereby, increasing vertical leap.”

The Vertimax came to Battle Mountain after a couple of athletes from the school were invited to come to train in Denver this summer with the Front Range Volleyball Club. Elaine Prewitt and Kelsey Plath, both freshmen at Battle Mountain, and members of the volleyball team were impressed with the training equipment used to help their athletes work on leg strength and vertical leap. After seeing the athletes in action at the Front Range program, Margie Plath started learning more about the Vertimax. “I decided to go directly to one of my athletes from the Avalanche Volleyball Club who spent her senior year with Front Range Volleyball club and get the real scoop.” said Plath. “I talked to Lara “Tree” Bossow (of Vail Mountain) and she said in one year she gained two inches on her vertical jump because of the Vertimax”

Bossow who received a scholarship from the University of Colorado was encouraged to train with a program that would prepare her for the level of competition that she would need in college. Now with the Vertimax at Battle Mountain, all the athletes who want to improve their vertical jump will be given the opportunity, said Plath”Once I got the thumbs up from Tree, I sent a letter to a few parents and raised the money needed to purchase the equipment,” said Plath. “This community is incredible and our parents were quick to respond to the fundraising effort.”Thanks to the following families and businesses who made the Vertimax a reality for Battle Mountain High School and all of their athletes: Becky & Bob Hernreich, the DeClark Family, Mike Hamrick, Margie Plath, Stone Concepts, Inc., the Prewitt Family, Prestige Cleaners and The Barker Family.

Many high schools – including state basketball and football champions use VertiMax. Because of its versatility as an All-Sport trainer applicable for other sports such as soccer, volleyball, track and gymnastics , VertiMax has been chosen by athletic directors of hundreds of high schools across the country. At Battle Mountain, the VertiMax Jump Training System will be shared by all of the athletic programs. “It will be used throughout the day – for all our athletes, and they love using it. It is a great device to insert into any program designed for speed and power.” said Tronsrue.Vail, Colorado


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