State powerlifting meet still on schedule despite storms

By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Perry Liles, the MHSAA state powerlifting meet director, said everything was still on schedule for today’s state championships at the Mississippi Coliseum despite Friday’s violent storms.
Friday’s “Awards Night” still went on as planned, with the state’s “Super Twelve” and “Elite Eleven” being honored in addition to the North and South team champions at the Coliseum.
Liles, who also serves as Calhoun City High’s head football and powerlifting coach, left Calhoun County early Friday morning so that he could help set up the state meet at the Coliseum.
The weigh-ins were to be held early Friday evening.
“The weather’s probably holding up some people from being down here,” Liles said. “They did have the sirens go off here (in downtown Jackson).
“Clinton did take some damage. I think the storm may have knocked down an AT&T tower.
“It (the destructive storm) really never made it to where I am.”