The Port Allen girls’ powerlifting team had a less than stellar showing in its meet during the weekend at Live Oak High School, but head coach Brian Bizette has not pushed the panic button.
As with other teams, the Lady Pelicans and their coach have battled flu and cold in recent weeks, which hampered their overall showing in the event, he said.
“Flu has taken a toll over a lot of teams, and we weren’t excluded from that, but some of our shortcomings were due to mental mistakes and not strength levels,” Bizette said. “We still won some medals and our numbers weren’t shabby, but it wasn’t the kind of numbers we normally score at Port Allen.”
Destiny Calvey took second in the 165-lb. division and Najayla Williams was runner-up in the super heavyweight division. Third place showings included Jalacia Greivous (97), Mariah Charles (105), Alyna Antoine (123), Tierra Jones (148), Destiny Calvey (165), Emily Nichols (181) and Madelyn Williams (198).
All focus for the next month will go toward the Class 2A regional meet set for Feb. 24 at Woodlawn High School, which will lead to the state meet March 14 and 15 at Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria.
“We’ll knock off rust during the break and we’ll be definitely fine for the regional,” Bizette said. “For now, we need to stay in our weight categories, be disciplined and stay focused while we’re in track. To compliment two sports that go together is hard, but in all they become better athletes.”