MONROE — Lutcher and Ascension Catholic continued their run of girls state titles at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Powerlifting meet that began Friday at Louisiana-Monroe’s Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
Lutcher won its 10th straight state title in Division III despite having just four competitors with previous state meet experience. A youthful ACHS squad won its second consecutive state title in Division V. The two-day meet concludes Saturday with competition for Divisions I-II set for 9 a.m. for girls and 2 p.m. for boys.
“This year was a little different than the past years because this group is so young,” Lutcher coach Kelly Magendie said. “We have three girls with us who are seventh- or eighth-graders.
“I’ve got to give them credit — they really came out and performed. Of the 11 who were entered, we had all but two place in their weight class.”
Lutcher finished with 46 points. Buckeye was second in Division III with 33, followed by Union Parish at 32.
Ascension Catholic had nine of its 11 competitors place in the top three in Division V. ACHS tallied 50 points, just ahead of Sterlington with 44. False River Academy was third at 26.
Lutcher’s Shaynne Naquin and Port Allen High’s Lakeisha Wheeler were the top lifters in Division III. Ascension Catholic’s Brandi Landry and Elizabeth Latino swept the outstanding lifter honors for Division V.
Episcopal’s Morgan Dynes claimed an outstanding lifter honor in Division IV. Sterlington won the Division IV title with 44 points, while Pope John Paul II was the runner-up with 36.
The story was different than a year ago. Another team was announced as the team champion a year ago in Division V. Ascension Catholic didn’t know for sure it had won the title until a few days after the meet.
“Ecstatic … that’s the best word to describe how we all feel,” Ascension Catholic coach Joe Ryan said. “Out of 11 girls we brought only two who didn’t place in the top three and they were fourth and fifth.
“We knew as the meet went on that it looked really good for us. We had the top two finishers in three weight classes and that was huge. Because of what happened last year the girls were a little nervous before they read out the team totals, but it was fine.”
Naquin had a total lift of 810 pounds in the 132-pound weight class and was the top lifter in the lower weight divisions for Division III. Port Allen’s Wheeler, had a total lift of 790 pounds in the 165-pound weight class and was the top lifter in the upper weight classes.
Latino led the Division V 165-pound weight class with a total lift of 725 pounds and was the outstanding lifter in the higher weight divisions. Landry finished with a total lift of 635 pounds in the 114-pound weight class and took top honors in the lower weight classes.
Episcopal’s Dynes, who won the 165-pound weight class in Division IV with a total lift of 850 pounds, was the top lifter in upper weight classes.