Ascension Catholic and Episcopal can attest that there is practically nothing incorrect with seconds — albeit distinct types of seconds — at the LHSAA state powerlifting championships.
Ascension Catholic won its second consecutive Division V boys title, when Episcopal was the Division IV boys runner-up on the initially day of the state meet Wednesday at the Cajundome.
The 4-day meet continues with Division IV and V girls competitors at ten a.m. Thursday.
“Cedar Creek was favored, but our guys came in the weight area every single day more than the final month and place in the operate,” Ascension Catholic coach Delmond Landry stated. “The largest factor these days was our guys focusing on what they necessary to do.
“We could not be concerned about what Cedar Creek or anyone else did or who had the ideal lifts. We had studied it, and they all knew what their job was.”
The Bulldogs completed with 47 points to edge Cedar Creek (44). Catholic-Pointe Coupee was third at 27.
Reigning champion Several was the heavy preferred to win the Division IV title, but the Knights of coach Mark Harper tied Several with 36 points. Several claimed 3 person champions compared to two for the Knights, which served as the tiebreaker. Shreveport’s Calvary Baptist also was in the mix with 33 points.
“When I took more than 3 years ago, the group was tiny,” Harper stated. “Due to the fact I am the strength and conditioning coach for the college, I do interact with a lot of athletes in distinct sports. So, it began with that.
“The initially year we had 22 little ones and this year, my third year, we’re at 51. We’re obtaining extra competitive every single year, and I enjoy the group notion these little ones have embraced. This was a bit of a surprise to take second, but I really feel like we’re obtaining to exactly where we want to be.”
Ascension Catholic had person champions in Casey Mays (148 pounds) and Aiden Paine (superheavyweight). The Bulldogs also had 5 other competitors finish in the best 3.
Other region people who claimed Division V titles had been Catholic-PC’s Jake Eaves (114) and Jayden Lavespere of Slaughter Neighborhood Charter (275).