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Powerlifting: Chico captures meet title

By Travis Lisle | Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The Chico and Alvord girls were the powerlifting story of the weekend as they went to the District 5-6A meet and dominated against the bigger schools.

Chico won the meet with 49 points. Alvord took second with 19.

Chico’s Ana Rodriguez, Haley Pollard, Jorden Vidal, Heidi Spann, Ayesha Parr and Jessica Redwine all won their weight classes.

With regionals only a week away, Chico coach Heath Tullous wants his lifters to stick to their fundamentals and technique.

“Some of our girls are two-time state qualifiers,” Tullous said. “We may not be the strongest but we have great technique and form. Every meet we go to, we get compliments on our technique from judges.”

Tullous also said that some of their success can be attributed to the element of team and togetherness.

“With a lot of the big schools you have friends and teammates in the stands talking and hanging out, not really cheering or supporting each other,” Tullous said. “Our girls stick together and support each other better than a lot of the bigger schools.”

With the success that Chico has had recently, they are dealing with the aspect of being a target for teams trying to climb the ladder.

“It’s the first year that we’ve really been known for being the team to beat,” Tullous said. “The last two years we were trying to make a name for ourselves. That’s the third meet we’ve won so we are kind of on top.”

With the added pressure of expectations and trying to reach the state meet, Tullous said that the best thing for his lifters to do is to keep their minds focused on doing what they always do.

Chico and Alvord combined for eight of the possible 10 gold medals at the meet.

Alvord had gold medalists in Natalie Hofsiss and Lauren Yzaguirre, and a silver medalist in Haley Roberds.

Northwest’s Taylor Duffey also won gold at the meet.

GIRLS DISTRICT 5-6A CHAMPIONSHIP

Team: 1. Chico 49; 2. Alvord 19; 6. Northwest 7
97: 1. Ana Rodriguez, Chico, 235
114: 1. Haley Pollard, Chico, 555
123: 1. Taylor Duffey, Northwest, 625; 2. Jennifer Martinez, Chico, 560
132: 1. Jorden Vidal, Chico, 545; 5. Raven Leal, Chico, 450
148: 1. Heidi Spann, Chico, 630; 2. Perla Villanueva, Chico, 585
165: 3. Ayesha Parr, Chico, 565
181: 1. Natalie Hofsiss, Alvord, 680
198: 1. Lauren Yzaguirre, Alvord, 620
220+: 1. Jessica Redwine, Chico, 740; 2. Haley Roberds, Alvord, 730

KENNEDALE MEET
GIRLS

Team: 6. Decatur 8
105: 4. Miranda Martinez, 395
148: 4. Kelsey Guinn, 535; 5. Kourtney Pettigrew, 500
165: 5. Emily Kirkelie, 525
181: 4. Madison Kyle, 575

BOYS

Team: 6. Decatur 18
123: 1. Angel Garza, 690
132: 3. Jesus Gam, 840; 6. Dawson Thompson, 645
148: 8. Jesse Romero, 710
220: 1. Dakota Williams, 1370; 5. Cody Holaway, 1045

STEPHENVILLE MEET
BOYS

Team: 11. Bridgeport 8
148: 12. Regi Lane, 800; 14. Nakoda Mastin, 790
220: 22. Alex Winter, 825
242: 7. Tyler Jennings, 1320; 11. Chance Pierce, 1190
275: 1. Bronson Burks, 1455; 5. Shawn Wheat, 1080; Eric Stonecheck, 930
SHW: 6. Anthony Ortiz, 1200; Keaton Vawter, 1060

GIRLS

Team: 12. Bridgeport 6
97: 5. Alicia Mendez, 370
105: 10. Sarah Alexander, 385
114: 2. Hayley Davidson, 600
123: 19. Evelyn Torres, 425
165: 11. Sindi Ortiz, 605
181: Andylyn Heckart, 500

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