ACHS girls’ powerlifting named State Champs after error

DERON TALLEY @DeRonTalley
The Ascension Catholic girls’ powerlifting team pictured with the State Runner-Up trophy that is being returned for the Championship trophy after a miscalculation.

A miscalculation at the LHSAA Division V Class-A State Powerlifting meet has been corrected and results in the Ascension Catholic girls’ powerlifting team being named State Champions.

At the meet held in Alexandria on March 21, the ACHS girls finished with a total of 45 points. At that time it was calculated that Delhi High School also recorded 45 points. With both teams calculated as a tie, Delhi was given the championship title because it had four first place finishes.

However, on Monday an email was sent to ACHS head coach Joseph Ryan stating they are now the champions. The email came from Jeremy Many, President of the Louisiana High School Powerlifting Association, sent an email amending the results of the meet due to a miscalculation that gave Delhi three more points than the team actually earned. The amended results show Ascension Catholic with 45 points, False River Academy High with 43 points, and Delhi High with 42 points.

“The Division V (A) Girls Champion is Ascension Catholic. The Division V (A) Championship trophy that Delhi High School has needs to be turned over to Ascension Catholic,” Many said in the email. “The Division V (A)​ Girls Runner-Up is False River Academy The Division V (A) Runner-up trophy that Ascension Catholic has needs to be turned over to False River Academy.”

Now a champion head coach, Ryan said it’s exciting and he owes it to the “kids for buying into the process.”

“We had a goal from the beginning. I wanted to first instill confidence in them,” Ryan said. “A lot of the kids I had this year were first time lifters or some even first time athletes. We had four girls never tough a weight in their lives.”

Ryan said after hearing of the potential error there was a “whirlwind of emotions.”

“The powerlifting association did awesome with it,” Ryan said. “They took it in their hands, from having a new president Jeremy Many from Sterlington High and he was real adamant about getting it fixed and getting it right.”

“I give kudos to the committee. I told the girls today and they are out of this world excited,” Ryan said. “Hopefully soon we get the trophy here and have them recognized with their real trophy – the championship trophy.”

In the meet, the Lady Bulldogs’ Kenshell Davis flexed her muscles hard when she set the 1A State Bench Press lift record in the 165-pound weight class at 145 pounds bettering the old record that was set of 125 pounds.

Davis had plenty help from her teammates as Brandi Landry finished second place in the 105-pound weight class with a 575-pound three-lift total. In the 114-pound class, Kedra Madison placed first place with a 500-pound three-lift total, while Claire Albarado finished second place with a 420-pound three-lift total in the same weight division. In the 123-pound weight class, Jordan Diez finished third place with a 595-pound three-lift total, while Paige Joseph finished fifth place with a 535-pound three-lift total. In the 132-pound weight class, Micahlyn Daigle finished second place with a 585-pound three-lift total, while Niesha Brooks finished fourth place with a 555-pound three-lift total. In the 148-pound weight class, Kayla Tripode took second place with a 740-pound three-lift total. In the 165-pound weight class Davis finished first place with a 710-pound three-lift total, while Osharqua Lewis finished second place with a 660-pound three-lift total.           

Ryan said each of the athletes set personal records at the state meet and he’s proud of what was accomplished. On the boys’ side, the team finished fourth place and Ryan said it competed hard throughout the meet.

Ryan added: “I thank Sandy Pizzolato and the Ascension Catholic Administration for their support and belief in the team. I thank the community, and parents for their support all year long, I thank my assistant Chandra Ewen for being there right by my side from beginning to end, and most of all I want to thank the team, both girls and boys, for not giving up on me as a young coach and our goals we set out to achieve. I thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to coach an amazing group of young men and women.”