Fenton powerlifting meet gives schools barometer

The sixth annual Kay Fenton Memorial powerlifting tournament provided a measuring stick for lifters from all over the state Saturday at Episcopal High School.

The participants did lifts in the bench press, squat and deadlift. The tournament displayed some prominent powerlifting teams including the 2013 boys and girls class Class 2A champions Pope John Paul II, Class 3A boys champion Church Point and Class 5A girls champion West Monroe.

Episcopal powerlifting coach Steve Baronich, whose squad did not participate in the competition and instead the meet served as the Knights’ service project, said that this event has raised more than $34,000 toward cancer services in Baton Rouge through the years.

“A lot of teams use this event as a barometer for their season,” Baronich said. “Our main purpose and goal is to put on a quality meet for a lot of the top high school teams in the state of Louisiana.”

Among the highlights were 22 invitational records broken. Walker’s Taylor Brown won the boys Most Outstanding Lifter for the lifters 181 pounds and up (super heavyweight), while Wingfield’s Shamaree Burse won the lighter weight group.

Among the girls, Pope John Paul’s Dominique Bourgeois, won the 181 pounds through super heavyweight award, and Woodlawn’s Tamarra Stinson, won the lower weights division.

“It’s my first time winning this award,” said Brown, who set a record for squat and deadlift in his weight class at 605 and 650. “I can’t stop smiling about it.”

Meanwhile, Burse, who elected to be interviewed with his twin brother, Shamar by his side as both set records in their weight class for bench pressing 305 each, and Shamaree setting a record with 1,245 pounds total combined weight from the three events.

“He earned it,” Shamar said of his brother’s accomplishments. “All he does is work out.”

“It feels real good, hard work pays off,” Shamaree added.

Stinson beat Markeceia Modicue of West Monroe by a narrow margin to claim the title for the meet’s Most Outstanding Lifter among lifters weighing 97-148 pounds.

“I was nervous,” Stinson said. “I messed up on my bench, but it worked out in the end. It’s an awesome feeling. It feels really great, and I’m just so happy.”

Despite battling hamstring and back injuries, Bourgeois set a weight class record, lifting a combined 910 pounds.

“Yes, I decided why not and just went for it,” Bourgeois said. “I was pretty close after the bench, and this is a pretty cool feeling. It’s my first time getting this award.”

Walker’s Christian Moore set a meet record in his class for total weight (1,595 pounds). Wingfield’s Chaz Shephard, West Monroe’s Claire Vidrine and Walker’s Breanna Gurzynski all set records for total weight.

lifted in their weight classes.