WEST MONROE - Maybe the rock band Foreigner sang "Feels Like the First Time," but the fifth time doesn't feel bad either - just ask the Port Allen girls powerlifting team.
The Lady Pelicans continued their domination with a fifth consecutive win in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Powerlifting Meet last week at West Monroe High School "It's strange because when you win the first time, it's just unbelievable, but by the time you win the fifth time, it feels like no one can beat you, no one should beat you and the attitude toward the game is nothing like that first time - you're far more confident than nervous," Port Allen Powerlifting Coach Brian Bizette said.
"The kids did what they had to to win, my coaches executed accordingly and everything went as needed to complete the task at hand. "I'd still say it's as exciting as the first time," Bizette said. "But you certainly see things different the fifth time around - it's a different type of excitement."
Competition has gotten tighter in the 3A ranks. The Lady Pelicans won with 45 points, nudging out Buckeye (39) and Union Parish (33). Richwood, North Vermillion, Jena, Donaldsonville and Church Point rounded out the remaining squads. Port Allen’s Kaitlyn Smith and Tyzhanique Montague scored the "Perfect Four" at the events. The two seniors captured first place medals all four years in the program. Montague had a combined total of 685 lbs. on lifts in the 123-lb. division, while Smith lifted a total of 810 in the 165-lb. weight class.
Jada Murphy claimed the top spot in the 105-lb. bracket with a combined 500 lbs. Rebekah Tucker placed third in the 114 division with a total of 510 lbs., while Tyquinicia Reed had a total of 690 lbs. for third in the 181-lb bracket. Ashley Honore was third in the 220 (715 lbs.) and Raven Nicholas third in the Super Heavyweight Division (885).