False River Academy claimed a boys state title, while Ascension Catholic was the girls runner-up at the LHSAA’s Division V-Class 1A and below state powerlifting meet Saturday at Pope John Paul II in Slidell.

New Roads-based FRA won its title in the night session by scoring 47 points, placing ahead of Delhi with 37 and Catholic-Pointe Coupee at 33.

Ascension Catholic was projected as a possible top-three finisher going into the Division V girls meet. The Bulldogs came as close as you can get to upsetting north Louisiana power Delhi.

Both teams finished 45 points, but Delhi took home the first-place trophy because of its four first-place finishers. False River was close behind with 43.

Matt Leleux helped pave the way for the FRA boys victory by winning the 114-pound weight class to open the meet, posting a total lift of 730 pounds. Leleux was one of four individual champions for the Gators.

Joshua Gaspard won at 132 pounds with a total lift of 910, while Gared Beauvais at 198 (1,335-pound total lift) and Jordan Aguillard at 220 (1,290-pound total lift) were FRA’s other champions. Catholic-PC’s Reed Smith was the 165 champion, thanks to a total lift of 1,045 pounds.

“I’m proud of these girls,” ACHS coach Joe Ryan said of his girls squad. “As far as I’m concerned we took Delhi down even though we didn’t get the big trophy. We exceeded expectations.

“We had an eighth-grader, Claire Albarado, who was ranked fourth going in and she wound up finishing second (at 114 pounds). Kedra Madison won that same weight class and now she’s a regional and a state champion.”

Madison had a total lift of 500 pounds. The Bulldogs’ Kenshell Davis won at 165 pounds with a total lift of 710 pounds. Teammate Osharqua Lewis was second at 165.

False River had three individual champions in Morgan Meche at 97 pounds (490-pound total) as teammate Catherine Bonaventure placed second. Amber Laborde won at 105 (600-pound total lift) and Cheyenne Joffrion a 148 (760-pound total) also won for the Gators.

Laborde was the meet’s Outstanding Lifter on the lighter platform, while Delhi’s Dynesha, the 220 champion, was the Outstanding Lifter on the heavy platform.

Louisiana School for the Deaf’s Laerica Hayes (181, 685-pound total lift) and Catholic-PC’s Chandler Lejeune (198, 745-pound total lift) were other BR champions.

Sterlington finished with 76 points to win the Division IV-Class 2A boys title, finishing well ahead of Archbishop Hannan with 26 points. Hannan finished one point ahead of Catholic-New Iberia. SHS had seven individual champions.