A youthful Ascension Catholic High School squad made it two in a row in its state title run in Division V at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Powerlifting meet last weekend at Louisiana-Monroe’s Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

The Bulldog girls dominated the meet as they had nine of 11 lifters make it to the podium and place in the top three in Division V. ACHS total for the competition was 50 points. Their closest competitor was Sterlington High with 44 points and False River Academy, which finished third with 26 points.

Along with winning the title, Ascension Catholic’s Brandi Landry and Elizabeth Latino swept the outstanding lifter honors for Division V.

“Both Elizabeth Latino and Brandi Landry were able to win the outstanding lifter of the day awards for the girls Division V heavy and lightweight classes, and for us to win both of the available is such an accomplishment for our team,” said coach Joe Ryan.

Powerlifting competitors lift against others of the same weight class. The scores are tabulated by combining the weight totals of three different lifts; dead lift, squat and bench press.

Latino led the 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.

Ryan’s expectations for the team were pretty high, and they didn’t let him down.

“As far as expectations go, we were confident that we could compete again and we could make a run at another state championship on the girls side, and as the meet went on it became more and more realistic that we could win it,” he said.

In the 105-pound class, Lauren Landry took third place. In the 114-pound class, Brandi Landry took first place, and teammate Emme Medine was second. In the 123-pound class, Micahlyn Daigle took first place, and teammate Paige Joseph was second. In the 132-pound class, Jordan Diez took second place, and Dakota Bonadona was fourth. Isabelle Abadie won third place in the 148-pound class, and Camille Lemann was fifth in that class. In the 165-pound class, Latino won, and Megan Brooks was second.

The Bulldogs boys competed as well and finished in seventh place.

“When it came to our boys, we were shooting to place in the top three but things didn’t go the way we wanted them to,” Ryan said. “But the leadership of our boys kept our team confident and we were able to finish the meet with something to build on in the future.”

Results for boys: 123-pound class, Mason Klack, fourth place; 132-pound class, Nick Milano, first; 148-pound class, Mason Zeringue, fourth place, and Parker Hales, seventh; 165-pound class, Alex Troxclair, fourth; 181-pound class, Landon Landry, sixth; and 198-pound, Ashton Bourgeois, first, and Robert Lemann, fourth.

“This team was special for so many reasons. Breaking records is fun and winning championships are awesome but this team was special because after everything was said and done, all you could hear from both the boys and the girls is how happy they were to be a part of this team and how proud they were to go to Ascension Catholic,” Ryan said. “That is truly what topped our season off and made it so special and successful.”

Dutchtown teams shine in Episcopal Relays

Both Griffins track and field teams traveled to Episcopal to compete in the Episcopal Relays Saturday. The girls finished in second place with 134 points while the boys placed third with 129 points. The individual finishes are:

In the field events for the girls; Long jump: 1. Leah Scott, 17-1 ¾; 2. Nicole Broussard, 16-8. Discus: 1. Mia Gaines, 97-7. Javelin: 2. Jamie Poland, 84-2. Shot put: 1. Victoria Irondi, 34-4 ½; 2. Mia Gaines, 31-10 ½. Pole vault: 2. Carol Wells, 8-0.

In the running events for the girls; 4x200-meter relay: 2. Dutchtown, 1:49.52. 1,600 meters: 2. Tara Stuntz, 5:40.66. 100 meters: 1. Jasmine Jackson, 13.14. 800 meters: 3. Phoebe Poche, 2:32.03. 200 meters: 1. Tahja Washington, 28.41; 2. Donecia Madison, 28.87. 3,200 meters: 2. Tara Stuntz, 12:29.32. 4x400 relay: 2. Dutchtown, 4:26.65.

In the field events for the boys; Discus: 1. Jordan Zuppardo, 124-10. Javelin: 3. Byron Guillory, 133-6. Shot put: 2. Kyle Sarrazin, 45-4. 3. Lloyd Cushenberry, 42-6 ¼.

In the running events for the boys; 4x200 relay: 1. Dutchtown. 1,600 meters: 3. Ben Vasterling, 4:31.02. 110 hurdles: 1. Zach Kilpatrick, 14.79; 100 meters: 3. Koran Mott, 11.07. 800 meters: 1. Parker McBride, 2:00.71. 4x100 relay: 1. Dutchtown. 300 meter hurdles: 1. Zach Kilpatrick, 39.79, 3. VanShon Grayson, 43.94. 200 meters: 2. Charles Davis, 23.58. 4x400 relay: 2. Dutchtown, 3:31.58.

Water, water everywhere

With all the recent rain and flooding in Louisiana, the effect it had on fishing for the present and the future was not tops on the list of things to be concerned with. But now that the flooding is mostly done with, cleanup has started and things are returning somewhat to normal, what can we expect the effects to be on wildlife?

Where the fish are concerned, there have been no reports of fish kills at this time. The fishing has come to a stop in some spots due to high water and muddy conditions, but that will pass. In the long term, high water is usually a boon for fish growth and reproduction.

New water means new territory and a new food supply. In a river system such as the Amite/Blind River Basin, the water doesn’t stay high for very long, but the fish take advantage of the time they do have.

In a lake system, the water stays high for much longer periods of time, thus giving the fish more time to take advantage.

In Toledo Bend, for example, 24 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours, causing the lake to rise more than 2 feet.

The spawn is taking place, and you might think the high water would slow things down a bit. That’s not the case as 9-, 10- and 11-pound bass are still being caught even with the high water.

Catfish love the high, muddy water conditions so now is an optimum time for catching them if you have the time. A heavier weight is needed to get the bait to the bottom and hold in the high current. With all the water we’ve had, there has been an above normal amount of crawfish in local ditches, which makes excellent bait for the whiskered fish.

Sometimes when life gives us lemons, we just need to make lemonade. If you’re done with the flooding issues, relax a little and go fishing.

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at reelman@eatel.net or ascension@theadvocate.com.