CHURCH POINT — Most people are familiar with the idea of home field advantage. Church Point added a new wrinkle — home platform advantage.
The Bears finished with 50 points to win the boys portion of the LHSAA’s Division III-Class 3A powerlifting meet Friday at CPHS. It was the third title in a row for the Church Point boys, who have seven state titles over the past eight years.
“I thought we competed very well,” CPHS coach Eddie Bergeron said. “These guys have worked extremely hard all year. They knew this wouldn’t be easy by any means. We graduated four state champions and a state runner-up off of last year’s team. We had some guys who really came through for us.”
Union Parish finished second in the boys with 36 points, just ahead of Abbeville at 33.
However, there was a little more than just a runner-up consolation prize for Union Parish, which won the girls title with 33 points, just ahead of Jena (31) and Richwood (29).
Franklin’s Devynn Armstead and Buckeye’s Brandon Bradford were the boys Outstanding Lifters. Armstead competed at 148 and finished with a total lift of 1,280 pounds and was the top competitor on the lower platform. Bradford won at 181 pounds with a 1,385 total and was the top lifter on the upper weight classes platform.
Church Point’s boys set the tone by winning the first two weight classes on the lower platform. Miguel West won at 114 pounds with a total lift of 810 pounds, followed by Anthony Thibodeaux, the 123 champion with a total lift of 985.
The Bears’ Christian Veronie won the 220 division and had a total lift of 1,480. Jacob Fontenot then won at 242 by compiling a total lift of 1,580. Layne Matte (275) and Jamicha Wheeler (123) finished second for the host school.
Jena’s Bryttanye Erwin was the top competitor on the girls lower platform, compiling a total of 815 pounds. Richwood’s Marissa Waters, the 220-pound champion with a total lift of 840, was the top lifter on the upper platform.