The Port Allen girls powerlifting team heads to central Louisiana with hopes they will stand front and center at the end of the day.
The Lady Pelicans will vie for their first state championship since 2015 when they head to Alexandria for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Powerlifting Championship Meet on March 15 at the Rapides Coliseum.
PAHS heads into the meet three weeks after they placed first in seven of 11 divisions at the East Regional Meet Feb. 24 at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge.
A repeat showing of the performance at the regional competition could put the Lady Pelicans over the top, Coach Brian Bizette said.
“The girls should be mentally and physically ready,” he said. “It’s just a matter of putting it all together and not having a down day.”
He anticipates Nyjala Williams will dominate her weight class and perhaps emerge the outstanding lifter in the 165-lb. division.
Jamaya Mitchell could also make a solid showing in the 132-lb. weight class. She heads into the meet with a total lift 100 lbs. above the second-place competitor in the meet, Bizette said.
Rekia Leonard will anchor the super heavyweights, almost 200 lbs. ahead on the totals of the second-place competitor.
Other standouts will include Kiarra Jones in the 148-lb. division and Elainey Angoie (123).
“If we get our numbers, we should come out with six or seven first-place finishes if we have the right numbers that day,” Bizette said. “If we do that, we should emerge as state champion.
“We just need to focus – that’s it,” he said. “We have tradition, but we were down two years when we were rebuilding, but that’s part of the game. Now we’re ready to resume the tradition.”