Close competitions highlight state powerlifting meet

WEST MONROE — Day 2 of the 2013 Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Powerlifting Meet featured four close team competitions. First, Port Allen took home the Division III girls title and Church Point High took home the Division III boys championship.

Meanwhile in Division II, the Lutcher High girls captured another title Alexandria-based Peabody High took home the Division II boys crown.

The three-day event ends at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Division I meet. Led by outstanding lifters Demaiya Claiborne and Brittny Wilson, Port Allen won the Division III girls crown with 63 points. Farmerville was the runner-up with 48 points.

Capturing seven of the 11 individual state championships, Jaida Murphy won the 105-pound crown, Claiborne took home the 114-pound title, Tyzhanique Montague won in the 132-pound class, Kailyn Smith won in the 148-pound class, Gina Mazzochette was the 181-pound winner, Megan Mazzochette won in the 198-pound class and Wilson captured the 220-plus-pound championship.

“I have a great mix on this team,” Port Allen coach Brian Bizette said. “We have several young lifters along with a pair of senior girls that really lead this team. They (seniors) have pushed them hard and it results with several freshmen doing well. It was just an outstanding performance across the board. I knew that we were capable of scoring that many points today. We didn’t really have a great regional and I credit our team for coming back and hitting our marks and target areas.

“We talk a lot about adversity. We faced that at regionals. We just came back and our girls were able to come back and do what they are trained to do. Everybody has bad days but the biggest thing is how you deal with them. Our girls did a great job.”

Capturing the same amount of individual state championships as Farmerville with four, it was five second-place finishes that proved the difference for CPHS as they captured the Division III boys crown by a 59-53 margin over the Farmers.

Led by outstanding lifters Brett Richards and Dexter Charles, who captured the 148 and super heavyweight class championships, Church Point also got individual state championships from Anthony Thibodeaux in the 123-pound class and James Bellard in the 165-pound weight class.

Port Allen’s Justin Franklin won the 114-pound state championship in Division III.

Dominating the Division II girls race, Lutcher captured seven individual titles as Ashley Tucker took home the 105-pound crown, Destiny Walker was the 114-pound winner, Gabby Clement took home the 123-pound crown, Ja naija Miller was the winner in the 132-pound class, Denisha Melancon won in the 148-pound class, Carli Lambert was the 181-pound winner and China Storks was the 198-pound winner.

The Bulldogs’ Walker and Storks were the outstanding lifters in Division II.

“I’m very proud of our team,” Lutcher Head Coach Kelly Magendie said. “Our girls work extremely hard. We push them every workout. I had to get on them a couple of times because they kind of got a little down on themselves after they failed on some lift attempts. They trained hard and just relied on that. Add a little reinforcement to get them back on track and that was all that was needed. We finished the day off pretty well. We don’t accept failure. A miss on a lift is okay as long as you try your hardest and give a 110-percent on it. If you come back and forget about the past and focus on the future that is all we ask. We did what we are capable of in this meet.”

In the closest of the four competitions of the night, Peabody claimed a 51-48 win over rival Tioga as Montelrius Lafears took home the 114-pound title, Darshun Boss was the 148-pound winner, Travis Harrell captured the 181-pound title, Gary Moore was the 242-pound winner and Deandre Cotton was the super heavyweight winner.

The Tioga duo of Mikey Ray and Jeremy Shepard were the outstanding lifters for the Division II boys.