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Area schools well-represented at state powerlifting meet

Another sport is about to wind down this school year with the MHSAA state powerlifting championships taking place next month. In two weeks, schools from around Mississippi will make the journey back to Jackson and the Mississippi Coliseum, who is hosting the championships for all six classifications on April 14. Oxford, Lafayette and Water Valley will all be sending athletes down to compete for individual as well as state championships.

The Chargers are aiming for their fifth consecutive Class 5A title and sending nine lifters to Jackson. Sophomores Luis Morales and David Torrent qualified in the 114 and 132 weight classes, respectively. Senior Alex Le qualified in the 148-pound class while fellow senior Devin Rockette qualified for the 181 weight class. DQ Thomas will compete in the 198-pound class and DT Thompson will lift in the 220 weight class. Xay Herod qualified for the 242-pound class and Nick Sisk weill compete in the 275-pound division. Will Hollingsworth rounds out the Oxford competitors, qualifying for the 308-plus weight class.

In the 4A state meet, Lafayette is sending six lifters who qualified. Senior Cameron Adams will compete in the 132-pound class, sophomore Sammy Woodall the 165-pound class, senior Doug Tanner the 181-pound class, sophomore Jamie Shaw the 198-pound class, junior Jamarcus Quarles the 220-pound class, senior Keuntae Booker the 242-pound class and senior Matt Toles in the 308-plus pound class.

It is history in the making at the 3A state meet with Water Valley sending their first three lifters ever to compete for a state championship. Sophomores Kenterrious Rucker and Javarius Benson will lift in the 148 and 220-pound classes, respectively. Fellow sophomore Marley Cook will compete in the 242-pound class.