Area teams carry weight in state powerlifting meet

By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal

JACKSON – In its first year at the state powerlifting meet, Falkner walked away with three medalists. Nettleton senior Ashley Pitts set a record. Calhoun City won two team championships and Pontotoc County threw its weight around Saturday at the Mississippi Coliseum.
Pitts finished second in the Class II 148-pound class but broke former teammate Hayley Parker’s state squat record with a 340-pound effort. She finished second by five pounds.
“I am proud. I could have not gotten anything,” Pitts said. “I worked hard. I’ve had such a good time these past five years.”
Pitts’ senior teammate Korie Beth Leach won the 123-pound class.
In Class 4A, Pontotoc County scored eight medals, seven of them gold between Pontotoc and North Pontotoc. Pontotoc earned five golds, Colton Bramlett in the 181-pound class, Chase Miller in the 198-pound class, Devonta Montgomery in the 242-pound class, Charlie Sorto in the 275-pound class and Bailey Wray in the 308-plus class. Teammate Deonte Dilworth placed second in the 148-pound class. The Warriors were two points away from claiming the team title.
North Pontotoc took two golds back to Ecru, back-to-back winners and football teammates Mitchell Cunningham in the 220-pound class and Dillon Turner in the 308-pound class.
“I was a little more confident coming in. I knew what I had to do to get it,” Cunningham said. “That’s two straight championships for me and one of my linemen. We were trying to prove what our school is all about.”
In 1A for coach Ben Ashley, Falkner sophomore Luke Lambert used a 765-pound total to win the 132-pound class, while teammate Deniko Adams placed third with a 720-pound lift. O.J. Prather placed third in the 308-plus class.
“We’ve been working hard,” Adams said. “We have a good coach who pushes us and we just work hard all the time.”
Class 2A team champion Calhoun CIty’s guys etched their names on the medals list. The Wildcats took the top two spots in the 114-pound class with gold winner Kemon Hall and silver winner Keshun Roberson. Teammate Michael Roberson won gold in the 123-pound class. The heavier weights won three straight golds in the evening session. Raheem Roberson (275-pound class), Roderick Mays (308) and Kardevin Thomas (308-plus).
Calhoun City won the girls Class I team championship by the slimmest of margins, 58-56 over S.V. Marshall, winning gold in four straight classes. Baronica Lawrence (97), Mykeria Holland (105), Alicia Feliciano (114) and Shannon King (123). Courtny Norman (198) also placed first. Teammate Ty Burton finished second in the 132-pound class, Reagan Hardin second and Heather Mabry third in the 148-pound class, Taylor Sieler second in the 165-pound class and Kasey Hodge third in the 181-pound class.
“This made the second state championship for the boys and I was really excited about the girls,” Calhoun City coach and meet director Perry Liles said. “The truth is, this is their second meet to ever win. They did an outstanding job.”