Davis shatters state record, leads AC girls’ powerlifting to State Runner-Up title

DERON TALLEY @DeRonTalley
The Ascension Catholic girls’ powerlifting team finished second place at the LHSAA Division V Class-A last weekend.

The Ascension Catholic girls’ powerlifting team repeated as LHSAA Division V Class-A State Runner-Up after scoring 45 points, which was enough for first place but due to tie-breaking rules placed the Lady Bulldogs in second behind Delhi who also scored 45 points. The Lady Bulldogs conceded first place due to Delhi having four lifters finish in first place individually.

“I’m proud of these girls and ecstatic for them,” ACHS first year head coach Joseph Ryan said. “In my eyes we took the power house (Delhi) down even though we didn’t get the big trophy. We exceeded expectations and they all lifted more weight than they ever lifted.”

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 compete hard throughout the meet.

“I’m extremely proud of our whole team boys and girls for showing the determination they showed this year between coming to early morning practices or showing up to lift over Christmas and Mardi Gras Holidays,” Ryan said.

The boys’ team had a lifter break a state record as Nick Milano set the 1A state bench press record in the 114-pound weight class with a lift of 160 pounds, bettering the previous mark of 125 pounds.

Milano finished third overall in his class with a 655-pound three-lift total. In the 132-pound weight class Joe Landry finished fifth place with a 760-pound three-lift total, while Jacob LaGrange finished seventh place with a 690-pound three-lift total. In the 148-pound weight class Alex Troxclair finished sixth place with a 795-pound three-lift total. In the 165-pound weight class Austin Settoon finished fourth place with a 995-pound three-lift total, while Cole Amedee finished fifth place with a 935-pound three-lift total. In the 181-pound weight class Ashton Bourgeois finished second place with a 1,090-pound three-lift total, while Robert Lemann finished sixth place with a 685-pound three-lift total. In the 198-pound weight class Lee Landry finished third place with a 1,200-pound three-lift total, while Landon Daigle finished fifth place with a 1,125-pound three-lift total. In the 220-pound weight class Brennan Milano finished third place with a 1,085-pound three-lift total.

Ryan added: “I know that this is room for growth and next year we will be a team that will compete for the State Championships.”