TIOGA — The feeling of winning a state title never gets old for Lutcher girls powerlifting coach Kelly Magendie.
Magendie said the celebration for Lutcher’s ninth straight state title in girls powerlifting was anything but old hat.
“This one was special because we’ll be graduating six girls who have been with me since they were in either seventh or eighth grade,” Magendie said. “But it (winning a state title) never gets old.”
The Bulldogs scored 67 points to win the girls portion of the LHSAA’s Division II-Class 4A powerlifting meet at Tioga High on Friday.
Lutcher had seven individual girls champions and finished well ahead of Leesville (37) and Tioga (29) in the one-day meet.
Assumption claimed the boys title with 53 points, while Ellender was second with 31. Pearl River placed third with 27.
The Bulldogs’ Victoria Vicknair and China Storks were selected as the girls’ Outstanding Lifters.
Vicknair won the 123-pound weight class a total lift of 755 pounds and was top competitor in the lower-weight divisions. Storks, whose total lift of 1,130 pounds, won the over 220-pound weight class and led the lifters in the upper weight classes.
“We came in expecting a real battle with Leesville,” Magendie said. “They had some misfortune in that a couple of their girls got injured in other sports and couldn’t compete.
“But I was very pleased with how my girls performed. They followed through with everything we talked to them about doing. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Likewise, Assumption’s Beau Samanie and Ryan Gaudet won the Outstanding Lifter honors for the boys. The Mustangs had five individual champions.
Samanie, who won at 165 pounds, was the top lifter on the lower weight platform with a total lift of 1,200 pounds. Gaudet was the 198 champion, had a total lift of 1,420 pounds and was the top lifter on the higher.
Lutcher’s other individual champions were Ashley Tucker at 114, Hannah Poche at 132, Delanie Hamilton at 148, Amyri Davis at 198 and Jacey Milton at 220. Assumption’s other champions were Grant Mabile at 114, Dontrez Wiggins at 181 and Lawrence Armstead at 255.
Bryan LeBouef (123), Kahari Harris (220) of Ellender also were boys champions. Daniel Louque (242) and Cameron Bunn (132) won individual titles for Pearl River.
CHURCH POINT — Host Church Point had the home platform advantage and used it Friday.
The Bears finished with 50 points to win the boys portion of the Division III-Class 3A meet. It was the third title in a row for the Church Point boys, who have seven state titles over the past eight years.
Union Parish finished second in the boys competition 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 girls title with 33 points, just ahead of Jena at 31 and Richwood at 29.
Devynn Armstead of Franklin and Brandon Bradford of Buckeye were the Outstanding Lifters for the boys. 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 total lift of 1,385 and was the top lifter on the upper weight classes platform.
Church Point set the tone for the boys competition 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) were second-place finishers who helped power the host school.
Jena’s Bryttanye Erwin was the top competitor on the girls lower platform, compiling a total lift 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.