The Lumberton Raider Powerlifting Team competed in their first meet on Thursday, January 12th at the Lumberton Intermediate School gym. Both the boys and girls teams impressed the judges in each event. First year coach, Brandon Granger, was excited about the season ahead. “We’ve got a few little things to work on, but we’re always striving to be better. I’m very proud of them”, he said.
Seniors Michael Mott, Caleb Johnson, and Jacob Fussell all secured first place wins in their weight classes. The boys enjoy lifting weights and staying in shape, which made the sport of powerlifting attractive to them. “There’s a lot of competition so it’s really fun,” said Johnson. Mott squatted 580 lbs., Johnson squatted 540 lbs. and benched 375 lbs., and Fussell squatted 535 lbs. and benched 305 lbs. “It’s a great sport to be a part of and I encourage anyone interested in it to just go for it”, Mott said. The boys are looking forward to the rest of the season and each hope to reach the goal of making it to the Boys 5A State Meet in Abilene on Saturday, March 25th.
For sophomore and female powerlifter, Erin Talley, Thursday was her first powerlifting meet. “I think it’s empowering. You always have to try your best and not be afraid”, Talley said. She also encourages other girls to join the team so the Lady Raider Powerlifting Team can reach their goal of eleven girls.
The Lumberton Raider Powerlifting Team’s outstanding squats, bench presses, and deadlifts swept the competition earning much deserved respect. The Lumberton boys team won first place in the male division and the Bridge City girls team won first place for the female division. The next meet will be in Vidor on Thursday, January 26th.