Conner Hamilton of Breaux Bridge and Eli Ortego of Lafayette won their first state titles last weekend at the USSSA/Mizuno Governor’s Games at Le Triomphe Country Club.

Hamilton fired a 148 in the 36-hole event to win the boys 15- to 18-year-old title, while Taylor Morton of Broussard was four strokes behind. Cameron Mouton and Michael Travasos of Lafayette and Brayden Wright of Sulphur finished tied for third with 156s.

Ortego shot a 142 to win the boys 12-14 age group, followed by Chance Queen of Alexandria (146) and Ryan Dupuy of Baton Rouge (147).

Janie Morrison of Rayne (173) won the girls 15-18 age group, followed by Abbie G. Richard of Sulphur (185).

Carly Tietje Whittington of Kinder fired a 186 to win the girls 12-14 age group.


Lavarine wins bronze at Junior Olympics: Thirteen-year-old Alexis Lavarine, who fights out of Big Easy Boxing Club in New Orleans, won the bronze medal in her division at the USA Boxing National Junior Olympics, which wrapped up Saturday in Dallas.

Twelve regions were represented at the USA Boxing Junior Olympics.

Lavarine won by unanimous decision over Kaheil Elliot of Plainfield, New Jersey, in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. Lavarine lost in the semifinals by split decision to America Berber of Fresno, California.

Lavarine, who won her state and region to advance to the USA Boxing National Junior Olympics, is ranked third in the country in the intermediate 125-pound, 13- to 14-year-old division.


Hatch lifters win two golds, two silvers at Pan Am Championship: Four weightlifters from the Gayle Hatch Weightlifting Team won two gold medals and two silver medals in their weight and age classes to help Team USA capture the championship at the Pan America Masters Weightlifting Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on June 17-19.

Berlyn Wedgeworth, lifting in the 65-69 age group, 187-pound weight class, won gold with a 150-pound snatch and a 220-pound clean and jerk, for a 370-pound total. Wedgeworth also won best lifter for the 65-69 age group.

Warren Byrd, lifting in the same age group and class, won silver with a 139-pound snatch and a 165-pound clean and jerk, for a 304-pounds total.

David Meltzer, lifting in the 60-64 age group, 231-pound weight class, won silver with a 176-pound snatch and a 220-pound clean and jerk, for a 396-pound total.

Mike Wise, lifting in the 35-39 age group, 187-pound weight class, won gold with a 265-pound snatch and a 355-pound clean and jerk. Wise also won best lifter in the Pan American Championship.

Gayle Hatch was also named head coach of the 2016 IWF U.S. World Masters Weightlifting team, which will compete in Germany in September.