Featured Athlete: Monica Bonilla


Courtesy of Monica Bonilla

Junior Monica Bonilla power lifts during an off-season workout. Bonilla is also a member of the varsity softball team and has power lifted since her freshman year.

Monica Bonilla is a junior on the powerlifting and varsity softball team. She has been powerlifting since her freshman year and has hopes of pursuing lifting in college. 

Pre Game:

Go-to pre-game meal: Chick-Fil-A

Go-to workout drink: Water

Favorite athlete: Odicci Alexander

Go-to song: “Family Ties” by Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar


Post Game:

The Red Ledger: How long have you been on the powerlifting team?

Monica Bonilla: I’ve been in powerlifting for three years. I’m a junior and planning on lifting next year as well.

TRL: What made you join the powerlifting team?

MB: I wanted to join powerlifting because I enjoy lifting weights, and I wanted to get stronger.

TRL: How has the team but more specifically, you done this year?

MB: We’ve had two female competitors this year, myself and Reese Wallace. I did make regionals, and I will be competing alongside Will Brown (junior) and Jacob Migura (junior) this weekend.

TRL: What are your goals for this season?

MB: My goal for this year is to make it to state.  

TRL: What are your goals long term? Do you see yourself powerlifting or playing softball in  college?

MB: A long-term goal of mine is that I want to pursue opportunities to power lift in college. 

TRL: What or who is your biggest motivation?

MB: My biggest motivation is my coach, Chris Smith, he has helped so much this year. He has helped me get stronger and lift amounts that I never knew I could lift. He is such a great coach and always pushes his athletes to be their best.