Powerlifters claim medals in first meet

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The Panthers powerlifting team took first place at a meet in Florence last week. Team members include from left, Landry Bolin, Kyle Huppee, Justin Montgomery, Grant Deltz, Colton Cunningham, Van Shamblin, Lakota Lawrence, Payton Melcher, Dakota Corbut, Andy Becker, Bailey Cloughly, Jared Tippie, Josh Lapuszynski and Kody Knowles. (Courtesy Photo)

The Panthers powerlifting team took first place at a meet in Florence last week. Team members include from left, Landry Bolin, Kyle Huppee, Justin Montgomery, Grant Deltz, Colton Cunningham, Van Shamblin, Lakota Lawrence, Payton Melcher, Dakota Corbut, Andy Becker, Bailey Cloughly, Jared Tippie, Josh Lapuszynski and Kody Knowles. (Courtesy Photo)

Liberty Hill powerlifting teams traveled to Florence last week and started the season off with a strong showing.

The Panthers took first place as a team, while the Lady Panthers finished in sixth place.

“I felt the first meet went really well,” said coach Robert Draper. “I think the experienced lifters set good opening totals. The newer lifters got experience and competed well.

“I was complemented by several people about the conduct of our kids, not only when lifting but also around the gym,” he said. “As a coach, it is those comments that excite me. I can see our kids compete, but when they make a great impression on other coaches and meet officials it is impressive.”

Leading the Panthers were Payton Melcher, who took first place in his weight class with a total of 535 pounds; Van Shamblin, who took first place with a total of 1,195 pounds; Andrew Becker, who took first place with 1,070 pounds; Dakota Corbut, who took first place with 1,420 pounds and Justin Montgomery, who took first place with 1,110 pounds.

Other Panthers who placed include: Landry Bolin, who took fourth place with 915 pounds; Kody Knowles, who took second place with 1,025 pounds; Bailey Cloughly, who took second place with 1,210 pounds; Kyle Huppee, who took third place with 1,195 pounds; Joshua Lapuszynski, who took fourth place with 875 pounds; Grant Deltz, who took second place with 1,025 pounds and Jared Tippie, who took second place with 975 pounds.

The Lady Panthers powerlifting team took sixth place at a meet in Florence last week. Team members with their plaque are, from left,  Amanda Mena, Hannah Smith, Hannah Smith, Lizzy Montes, Ana Rasbury, Allie Child, Abigail Powell and Mikaylla Ortiz. Not pictured are Charlotte Wall and Kristin Cox. (Courtesy Photo)

The Lady Panthers powerlifting team took sixth place at a meet in Florence last week. Team members with their plaque are, from left, Amanda Mena, Hannah Smith, Hannah Smith, Lizzy Montes, Ana Rasbury, Allie Child, Abigail Powell and Mikaylla Ortiz. Not pictured are Charlotte Wall and Kristin Cox. (Courtesy Photo)

Placing for the Lady Panthers were Amanda Mena, who took second place in her weight class with 735 total pounds and Allie Child, who took second place with 750 total pounds.

Ana Rasbury took third place with 420 pounds; Abigail Powell took fourth place with 415 pounds; Kristin Cox took fourth with 620 pounds; Hannah Smith took fourth place with 550 pounds and Charlotte Wall took fifth place with 455 pounds.

Both teams will look to continue their success when they compete at Lampasas Thursday.

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