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Ascension Catholic High School powerlifting team member Hannah Settoon, a senior, competes in the dead lift.


The site has changed and so have the competition divisions for some schools. When the LHSAA Powerlifting meet begins Thursday, Ascension Catholic should provide one  familiar factor.

ACHS seeks another girls title, its fourth in a row, in Division V. Lifts start at 9:30 a.m. at the Rapides Parish Coliseum.

“This is my first year as the coach, and I’ve been very pleased with the way the girls have competed all year and their approach to competition,” ACHS girls coach Jalynn Moll said. “I honestly think if we focus on what we’re doing and work toward having the best meet possible, we’ll be fine.”

Girls and boys team/individual champions for Division IV-Class 2A and Division V-Class 1A and below will be decided Thursday. The competition for Division II-Class 4A and Division III-Class 3A boys/girls titles is set begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. The three-day meet concludes with the Division I boys/girls competition scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Ascension Catholic, Runnels and Louisiana School for the Deaf have the top girls entrants in six weight classes going into Thursday’s action. Senior Hannah Settoon of ACHS leads the 114.5-pound class with a total lift of 530 pounds. Settoon also won an individual title in 2017.

Meanwhile, Catholic-Pointe Coupee has the top entrant in three weight classes among the Division V boys competitors, including Gared Beauvais, who has the top total lift 1,545 pounds in the 220.3-pound weight class. Sam Day of Runnels is a top seed in the super heavyweight division.

In Division IV, two Port Allen High girls competitors, Tiara Jones at 148.8 pounds and Nyjala Williams at 220.3, have entry lifts significantly higher than the No. 2 entrant based on regional competition held last month.

The Lutcher High girls enter the Friday meet with a string of 11 straight titles that began before the LHSAA took on powerlifting as a sanctioned sport. Instead of competing in Division III, the Bulldogs move up to Division II but will compete with their usual number of top-seeded entrants.

Lutcher has the top entrant based on regional totals in eight of 11 weight classes. Champions Quamecca Stafford, Shay Naquin, Shyanne Naquin, Melanie Louque and Jaydah Young all won titles in 2017 and also had the highest regional list in their weight classes this season.

Central’s Raegan Willis tops the list of local competitors in the Division I girls competition. Willis was a record-setting champion a year ago. She also was a Division I champion as a freshman.

This is the second LHSAA event the Rapides Parish Coliseum has hosted over the past three weeks. Rapides was the site of the LHSAA girls basketball tournament Feb.26-March 3.

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