Lady Cats claim state runner-up; Haug, Robinson win titles

By DANIEL GREEN

BWS Sports

MONROE – It was a performance to remember.

After falling short just a season ago, Leesville senior Seth Haug was determined to come back and make an impact.

He did just that.

Haug lifted a total of 1,315 pounds to edge out Bolton’s Burt Bullitts by five pounds to win the 242 weight class in the Division II State Powerlifting Championships held last weekend at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on the campus of Louisiana-Monroe.

Haug was the lone Wampus Cat to make the podium as he claimed the gold in his division. However, the Lady Cats not only brought home a state runner-up trophy for a second straight year, but they also had five lifters make the podium as Chloe Robinson was a state champion in the 181-pound class, while Celine Chavez, Rebecca Fournier, Lyasia Holloway and Rylei Taylor were all runners-up in their respective divisions.

As a team, the Lady Cats racked up 35 points in the meet, finishing just three points behind state champion Tioga, which finished with 38 points.

Courtesy Photos by TARA BEEBE Leesville senior Seth Haug is a picture of concentration and grit as he prepares to power up the bar during the squat competition at the state powerlifting championships last weekend in Monroe. Haug won the 242-pound class in the Division II meet. The Leesville Lady Cats, sparked by a gold medal from Chloe Robinson and silvers from Rebecca Fournier, Celine Chavez, Lyasia Holloway and Rylei Taylor, claimed the Division II state runner-up trophy for a second straight year.

Robinson garnered first place in the 181-pound class with a total lift of 820 points. Fournier, competing at 105, lifted a total of 490 pounds for second place, while Chavez was the silver medalist in the 114 class with a total weight of 625 pounds.

Holloway was the runner-up in the 165 division with a total weight of 715 pounds, while Taylor rounded out the top finishers for Leesville with a total weight lifted of 750 pounds as she competed in the 220 division.

The Rosepine Eagles were also represented during the 3-day event in Monroe as they finished seventh as a team in the Division IV competition, which was won for a second straight year by the Many Tigers.

Tristen Nolen, Collin Gill and Jesse Parker all won bronze medals in the respective weight classes. Nolen lifted a total of 1,085 pounds to take third in the 148 class, while Gill hoisted a total of 1,250 pounds in the 275 class. Parker rounded out the Rosepine finishers by taking third in the superheavyweight division with a total of 1,230 pounds.

Photos courtesy of TARA BEEBE

Leesville senior Seth Haug is a picture of concentration and grit as he prepares to power up the bar during the squat competition at the state powerlifting championships last weekend in Monroe. Haug won the 242-pound class in the Division II meet. The Leesville Lady Cats, sparked by a gold medal from Chloe Robinson and silvers from Rebecca Fournier, Celine Chavez, Lyasia Holloway and Rylei Taylor, claimed the Division II state runner-up trophy for a second straight year.

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