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Clinic pledges more victories for local teams

WARRENSBURG - With the swagger of a renegade star football player, an entity known as Bigger, Faster, Stronger has declared a guarantee - that Warrensburg and Lake George high schools will be winning more interscholastic athletic games next year.

This guarantee accompanies an all-day clinic, to be held for Warrensburg and Lake George student athletes, set for Sunday Jan. 30 at Warrensburg High School.

All students from Warrensburg and Lake George are urged to attend. The clinic costs $10 beyond a core group which is hosted at no charge. Students should contact their coaches or Warrensburg High School athletic office to register.

The clinic incorporates intensive instruction in weight-training techniques as well as motivational talks and strategies for success in athletics.

For 28 years, the Bigger, Faster, Stronger organization has been boosting the fortunes of underperforming teams from high schools across the nation, Warrensburg High School teacher and football coach Mike Leonbruno said.

"This BFS group helps underdog teams come out on top," he said of the organization, based in Salt lake City.

Warrensburg High, after signing up for the BFS session, was guaranteed two more football wins, three more basketball wins per season, or 20 percent more overall victories for its athletic teams.

Leonbruno as well as lake George Football coach Jeff Bennett and WCS wrestling coach Mark Trapasso, have all been certified as BFS trainers.

Leonbruno apparently is one of the BFS group's success stories. He first underwent BFS training at Queensbury High under the legendary coach John Irion. Leonbruno, quarterback of the team, led his squad in the late 1990s to the state championship game for Queensbury's division.

Then as a semi-pro football quarterback with the Glens Falls Greenjackets of the North American Football League, Leonbruno took his team in 2010 to one game away from the national finals. He's served as Warrensburg's coach for three years.

Leonbruno said that the BFS training may be just what Warrensburg athletes need, considering their teams' lackluster season records in recent years.

"I'm hoping we can be one of the BFS organization's success stories," he said. "We could use more wins."

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