AC girls powerlifting finish second in state; boys take fourth

The Ascension Catholic girl’s powerlifting LHSAA Division V State Runners-Up trophy.

There must be something in the water on the west bank of the Mississippi because there are some strong children being produced at Ascension Catholic High, especially in the girls.

The LHSAA hosted its annual State Powerlifting Competition at West Monroe High School in West Monroe, La. on March 20 and many Ascension Catholic lifters came home named state champion.

The Ascension Catholic girl’s powerlifting team finished as State Runner-up in Division V, led by senior Jeanne Zeringue who won the 132-pound weight class, Rosalie Landry who won the 123-pound weight class and Brandi Landry who won the 105-pound weight class.

Zeringue said she definitely wanted to win state going into the meet and she knew she could do it because the lifter she had finished runner-up to in consecutive years had graduated.

“I knew I just had to get my lifts,” Zeringue said. “It felt good to finally get the title.”

Brandy Landry, a sophomore, said it was awesome being able to win it all after finishing second place last year as a freshman.

“I was aiming the entire time to get first and that’s what I worked for all year,” Brandy Landry said.

Other girls who competed at the state meet for AC were: Gabbie Klack, second place in the 97-pound weight class. Micahlyn Daigle, third in the 132-pound weight class; Kayla Tripode, third in the 148-pound weight class; Osharqua Lewis, third in the 165-pound weight class; Kenshell Davis, fourth in the 165-pound weight class; and Tatyana Chiquet, third in the 200-plus pound weight class.

First-year head coach Dre Trosclair said it was a good feeling to be runners-up, “but obviously it wasn’t what we wanted, we wanted a state championship.”

“They did really good, I’m really proud of their efforts,” Trosclair said. “They worked real hard all season long and they deserved it because they worked their tails off in here for me and I’m just happy for them that they saw the kind of success that they did.”

On the AC boys’ side, Senior Luke Albarado won first place in the 242-pound weight class and Landon Daigle won first place in the 198-pound weight class. Overall the boys’ team finished fourth place.

Albarado said his goal from the start of the season was to win the state title.

“I wanted to be the best and come out on top,” Albarado said.

Albarado was in second place after the squat lift by about 30 pounds, but with the help his trackers and coaches they put him in place to where he came out of bench press in first place by 95 pounds. Anyone behind him would have to deadlift 100 pounds more than him to beat him.

“They really set me up for success,” Albarado said. “It feels good to know all of my efforts have paid off.”

Daigle said his goal going into the meet was to beat senior teammate Sam Mattingly.

“It’s just a friendly competition we have,” Daigle said. “Winning the state championship is a bonus to outlifting Sam.”

Other lifters who competed at the for the boys’ team were state meet were Ross Ponville who finished fourth place in the 123-pound weight class; Austin Settoon, 2nd in 148-pound weight class 148; D.C. Mattingly, sixth in the 165-pound weight class; Cole Amedee, seventh in 165-pound weight class; Lee Landry, fourth in 181-pound weight class; Sam Mattingly, third in 198- pound weight class; Dylan Blanchard, third in 220-pound weight class. Brennan Milano, sixth in the 220-pound weight class.

Trosclair said the team is looking good for the future as well.

“I think we’ll be alright,” Trosclair said. “Our summer lifting program is pretty good, so we’ll do a good job getting them started in their and crank it back up in the season.”