Ten Port Allen boys powerlifters competed in the regional meet last week and four are still standing with an opportunity to compete for a state championship next month.
Colby Credeur (165-pound division), Brydrick Fields (114), Trevonte Shepherd (220) and Thomas Shepherd (242) all qualified for the state meet.
"All the kids competed hard," said head coach Antoine Washington. "The expectations were to get all 10 qualified. We had been working really hard. It was just a couple of missed lifts."
Credeur finished with a total weight of 790 pounds. Fields totaled 350 pounds, while Thomas Shepherd ended with 925 pounds and Trevonte Shepherd totaled 1,035 pounds.
"Three of the guys were on the team last year and had major jumps in their totals," Washington said. "They each upped their total by about 100 pounds."
The boys' powerlifting program is in its second season after returning from over a five-year hiatus.
In a matter of one year, the team participation grew from six lifters last season to 11 this season, which is a full powerlifting roster.
"You can see growth," Washington said. "Had six guys competing last year and this year we had 11. The kids all play football and it helps their growth. The program helps kids if they aren't playing any other sport in season. Weight lifting helps every sport."
The state meet is set for March 16 at the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria.
"We just want to focus on setting personal records and getting better," Washington said. "Focus on the things we can control."