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Mamou power lifters come up big at the state championships

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Mamou’s Hunter Marcantel is shown receiving his first place medal at the state power lifting meet held in Monroe from LHSAA official Keith Alexander this past Friday. The Demons placed second overall. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

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MONROE – Going into the state power lifting meet, head coach Kirk Lavergne knew both his boys and girls squads had an opportunity to make some noise.
Those two teams did not disappoint in the least bit, as the boys finished as state runners-up in Division IV and the girls placed third in that same division.
“From the beginning of the season all we have done is improve,” said an ecstatic Lavergne. “When we started I don’t know if anyone believed we had a shot of doing anything much. But, as the season moved along, the kids got stronger and stronger.”
“After regionals we thought the boys really had a chance to put up a huge showing.” he continued. “And even though we only had seven girls compete against teams with 11 competitors, we believe they could also do something special.”
There was one surprise, however, in the meet that took all of the Mamou High boy’s team by surprise; their final placement.
“The boys were extremely happy when they found out they had placed second,” stated Lavergne. “Even though I knew before they announced it at the meet, I did not tell them because I wanted to see their reaction.”
Coming out third elicited a response from the girls that Lavergne was not really expecting.
“When the girls found out what they had placed, a few of them came to me and asked if we could practice on Monday.” said Lavergne laughing.
In the meet, two boys collected individual state championship medals, with Hunter Marcantel taking first place in the 165 pound weight class and Dakota Fruge placing first in the super heavyweight class.
Two girls earned state runner-up individual titles, as Jasmine Gallow (123 pound weight class) and Tamara Wilson (220 pound weight class) both came out in second place.

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