Josh Bickham, Covington
Bickham, a senior, won the 220 pound weight class at the Division I state meet in Alexandria. Bickham squatted 635 pounds, bench pressed 470 pounds and deadlifted 715 pounds for a total of 1,805 pounds.
His total was the second-highest in LHSAA history, regardless of weight class.
It was his third consecutive year winning a state title after going back-to-back in the 198-pound weight class as a sophomore and a junior.
“Ever since he started, he has never lost a meet,” Covington coach John Burford said. “He’s just incredibly strong. He’s the strongest person I have seen and he has a tremendous work ethic. He is not afraid to put any weight on his shoulders.”
Alli Duhon, Northshore
Duhon, a sophomore, won the 132-pound weight class at the Division I powerlifting meet in Alexandria. She squatted 250 pounds, bench pressed 125 pounds and deadlifted 340 pounds to finish with a 715-pound total.
It was her first state championship after finishing fifth as a freshman in her first season lifting.
“She is just a dedicated kid who believes in the coaches and who works extremely hard,” Northshore coach Mike LaBourdette said. “She doesn’t like losing. She started off the meet with a bad squat and fell behind and just did something she has never done in the deadlift to win it. It shows what kind of person she is.”