by Malcolm Butler
History is always tough to compare from one era to another.
Make it even more difficult when you are comparing historical data from one sport to another.
Regardless, the Cedar Creek girl’s powerlifting team recorded arguably one of the biggest wins in school history this weekend by capturing the team title at an event hosted by Port Allen.
The Lady Cougars defeated all comers, including defending state champions in Tioga (2 straight), Port Allen (9 straight), and Lutcher (15 straight) as well as 21 other schools competing at the meet. Creek edged Lutcher and Port Allen for the team title.
“I am almost speechless,” said head coach Jacob Angevine.”This might be one of the best athletic team accomplishments in school history. But we know the real trophy we want comes in March. I told the girls after the meet to celebrate this for 24 hours and then it is back to work on Monday. We have to stay focused.”
Angevine, who coached the Creek girls to the state title last year, said Saturday’s meeting didn’t start as fast as he would have liked, but that he was proud of the way the girls responded.
“We battled some adversity after missing some squats early in the day, but we stayed the course,” said Angevine. “We had quite a strong day with the bench and deadlift. This was a perfect run through for regionals and state as some of the best competition in the state competed this weekend.”
Five different Lady Cougars captured the individual title for their respective class while a total of 10 made the podium (top three finish).
Alli Claire Johnson (535 pounds in 97-pound weightclass), Madelyn Carroll (765 pounds in 123-pound class), Peyton Muse (785 pounds in 132-pound class), Lauren Enterkin (900 pounds in 165-pound class) and Ashlyn Bourn (900 pounds in 181-pound class) all finished first in their respective weigh classes.
Emma Moore (755 pounds in 123-pound class) and Ainsley Riley (865 pounds in 148-pound class) finished second. Paisly Hamby (630 pounds in 114-pound class), Olivia Salter (840 pounds n 165-pound class) and Kate Harris (710 pounds in 198-pound class) were all third in their classes.
Enterkin was named the Most Outstanding Lifter for platforms for the 165-pound and up classifications.
Other Lady Cougars who helped in the team accomplishment included Abigail Head (460 pounds in the 123-pound class), Elli Dickerson (720 pounds in the 148-pound class), Catherine Grace Calvert (565 pounds in the 148-pound class), Avery Bourn (870 pounds in the 220-pound class) and Sara Satcher (645 pounds in the 220-pound class).