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Powerlifters qualify for State meet

By Brady Keane BCC Contributor

The Bandera Bulldog and Lady Bulldog power lifting teams competed in the regional meets that have been held over the last two weekends in Pleasanton and Kingsville, and after several long days of competition, one Bulldog and four Lady Bulldogs qualified to move on to the State meet.
"I was very pleased with the girl's performance at regionals," coach Matt McCarty said. "They all competed very well all the way to the last lift. I was excited for the girls that qualified for state. It is a great opportunity for all of them and it shows how much hard work they have put in this season.
To make it to the Regional meet, the Lady Bulldog lifters had to have been in the top 10 of their specific weight class before the meet two weeks ago. Ladies that qualified for the Regional meet included senior Taylor Schultz, sophomore Allie Denham, junior Laurynn Winters, sophomore Bethany Martinez, junior Logan Sine, junior Calie Chesler, junior Kate Martin, junior Sarah Butler, and junior Vanessa Muniz. State qualifiers for Bandera were Schultz, Chesler, Muniz, Butler.
"I was extremely excited to qualify and it means so much to me that I made state," Schultz said. "It shows that all the hard work is paying off!"
The Lady Bulldogs will continued preparation for the state meet over the last several days, and the State power lifting meet will be held in Corpus Christi this Friday, March 15.
"I'm so excited, it's unreal," Butler said. "I can't wait to compete!"
On the boy's side, junior Kyle Wilson and senior Bryce Dowda participated in the regional meet that was held in Kingsville last weekend. In the 242 pound division, Wilson finished ninth after lifting a total of 1310 pounds, while Dowda finished second in the 275 pound division with a total of 1555 pounds. Dowda qualified for the state meet with his performance, and will now compete in the State Powerlifting Championship held in Abilene on March 22 at the Taylor County Expo Center.
"This is a big accomplishment for him, and represents years of hard work in the weight room," coach John Irvin said.