Kayli Alphonso, a junior at LSU and a member of the school’s powerlifting team, won the gold medal while competing for Team USA at the IPF Junior World Championships last week in Oroshaza, Hungary.

Going into her final lift of the meet, Alphonso was in third place, but her dead lift of 162.5 kg (358 lbs) moved her from bronze to gold and gave her the world championship in the 52 kg weight class.

Her previous best dead lift in competition was 155 kg.

Alphonso won the state powerlifting championship in 2012 as a senior at Slidell’s Northshore High School. As a freshman at LSU, she won the 2013 NCAA national championship in her weight class as LSU won the national championship.


ST. AMANT’S CANTER WINS TITLE: Peyton Canter of St. Amant claimed his first title on the USSSA Junior Golf Tour, winning the boys 9-11 age group at the Back-2-School Two event at Tamahka Trails Golf Club in Marksville.

Canter fired an 82, while Owen Hayden of Bogalusa (90) finished second, and Bryce Sutterfield of Oakdale (93) was third.

Caroline Covington of Denham Springs won the girls 9-11 division with a 109 in the 18-hole event, while Alexis Gonzalez of Baton Rouge (119) was second.

Charlie Flynn of Alexandria shot a 152 as the wire-to-wire winner in the boys 15-18 divison, while Colton Ryan of Benton (155) was second and Thomas Wilmore of Alexandria (163) finished third.

Reigning regional champion Chance Queen of Alexandria (162) won the boys 12-14 division, followed by Carson Carsuso of Greenwell Springs (164) and Kenton Sinitiere of Franklin (176).

Karlei Hemler of The Groves, Texas, shot a 153 to win the girls 15-18 age division, followed by Madison Bates of Alexandria (172) and Madison Donnelly of Alexandria (206).

Daphne Tilton of Iowa (260) won the girls 12-14 age group.


FREDERIC WINS TWO EVENTS AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Baton Rouge resident Chris Frederic won two events in the U.S. Masters Swimming Long Course National Championships in College Park, Maryland last week, taking first place in the 400 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.

Frederic, who swims with the Crawfish Aquatics Masters team, also placed second in the 100- and- 200 butterfly races and third in the 200 individual medley and 200 breaststroke.

Frederic, who was an All-American swimmer in high school and competed for three years at Kansas, had four personal best times as a masters swimmer and broke six records for Southern Masters swimming, which includes Louisiana and Mississippi.


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