The Port Allen Lady Pelican powerlifting team put itself in place for a potentially strong finish in state competition – and possibly a repeat of last year’s championship win.
PAHS notched the runner-up spot in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association East Regional competition during the weekend at Denham Springs High School.
“I’d thought we’d do well, perhaps we could’ve done even better,” head coach Brian Bizette said. “We had some lifts better than expected and a few others that should’ve put us over the top, but our girls did a great job.”
The Lady Pelicans commanded attention with the showing from J’laycia Grievous, who finished first in the 97-pound. weight class and emerged as the outstanding lifter for the event.
Tiara Jones led the pack in the 132-pound. division, Emily Nichols topped the 198-pound. class and Gabrionna Fosters finished first in the 220-pound. category.
Runners-up included Elanie Antoine (123), Alyssa Miller (132) and Rickia Lenoir (220-plus).
Raven Murphy notched third in the 114-pound. class, along with teammates Destiny Winfield (181) and Summer Frank (200-plus).
Frank scored 48 points in a tie with Denham Springs High School, which had one more first-place finish than PAHS to win the meet.
Focus now shifts to the state meet, set for March 14 and 15 in Alexandria at the Rapides Parish Coliseum.
Tough competition awaits the Lady Pelicans, including Calvary Baptist, which is favored to win state.
“It’s going to be a tough numbers game,” Bizette said. “I have four freshmen lifters, and some are still finding their way, and you have others who are already there.”
Foster, Nichols and Rekia Leonard (super heavyweight class) are among the favorites to win state titles.
Port Allen won the state title last year after a one-year miss. The Lady Pelicans have won seven championships under Bizette’s tutelage.