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Whitney to host SST’s SPARQ testing event Saturday

By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Sports Specific Training in Rocklin will host a SPARQ testing combine Saturday at Whitney High. The combine will take place from 1-4 p.m. and registration is $20 for participants who signup by today. Walk-up registration Saturday is $25. SPARQ testing methods will include the 40-yard dash, shuttle test, chest power ball throw and vertical jump. SST, run by former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dan Bunz and Steve Kenyon, has hosted SPARQ combines at Whitney for the last three years. The combine is open to athletes in all sports and to both boys and girls but most of the participants in the past have been football players. A couple of kids, including former Lincoln offensive lineman Kevin Youtsey (Sacramento State University), have earned football scholarships after being seen at a Whitney combine. There were 140 participants at the last combine at Whitney and Bunz hopes for more this time. “Steve and I are hoping for about 200 kids,” Bunz said. “Word is getting out there and coaches are saying I can get them to go test. It’s a place to measure yourself and to see where you (measure up). What a lot of coaches have said is they like getting their younger kids there and I like that to. With a junior or senior, the pressure is on. You only get one shot if you’re a senior. It’s better to be tested as a sophomore and then as a junior and each time you’re more relaxed.” Bunz has more than 20 years of experience in teaching or coaching at the junior high, high school and college level. He attended Long Beach State and said he was SPARQ tested about 20 times a year from his sophomore year on while in college. He credits it with helping him become a first-round pick with the 49ers. Kenyon is a SPARQ certified trainer and the 1995 National High School Strength Coach of the Year. He coached high school teams to the CIF playoffs in three different decades. Visit www.sportsspecifictraining.com for more information on SST or the combine.