SHELTON — This may have been the closest state championship win for Montesano’s boys and the girls modestly doubled their margin over North Beach to win theirs.
Knowing host Shelton would provide all of the competition they’ll get on Saturday, the Bulldogs loaded up on second and third-place finishes to grab just enough points to secure their 10th consecutive title at the Washington State Powerlifting Championships.
Montesano edged out Shelton, 39-37, in the boys meet. In the girls meet, the Bulldogs reclaimed their state title with the same method as the boys for a 41-37 win over rival North Beach.
“Those kids worked their butts off today,” Montesano head coach Eric Stanfield said. “(For the girls,) that is what it came down to — seconds and thirds. It came down to the last event before anyone had an idea who’d win it. The boys were very young this year and we showed a lot of discipline. This is one of my favorite years to see the boys win it, because of how young they are.”
Montesano and North Beach were the only Grays Harbor schools to bring home state individual titles — the Bulldogs and the Hyaks each had three title in the girls meet, while Monte got two and North Beach one in the boys meet.
Montesano’s Rayna Ashlock was named the girls meet’s best overall lifter and received the best dead lift title at 265 pounds as well. Ashlock won the girls 114-pound title with a 610-pound total. Ashley Laney, who won the 105 title, received the meet’s best squat award at 225.
Chazlyn O’Bannon was Monte’s third female titleist at 97 with a 485 total.
North Beach’s Crystal Lynch won the 165 title at 790, Koral Frost won the 181 title at 710 and Shyanne Morrow defended her state title at unlimited at 655.
In the boys meet, Montesano had eight lifters in the top three of their respective weights to help it retain its state championship. Tanner Birdsall won the state title at 148 with a 1,050 total and Shad Rogers won at 165 with 1,105 total.
North Beach’s Raymond Shiner won the 123 title at 770.
“Two points!” Stanfield exclaimed. “We knew going in that this would be very close with Shelton. If (Shelton) lifted to their potential, they would be right there with us and they were. Both had full teams and it swung our way this year. We lifted pretty smart most of the day.”
Stanfield cited his seven seniors — Lexi Prante, Erika Garland, Skye Jefferson, Shad Rogers, Robert Sprinkle, Drew Helms and Tyler Stott — for their contributions and hard work over the last four years.
Washington state powerlifting championships
Montesano 39, Shelton 37, Omak 30, White River 26, North Beach 18.
— 123: Raymond Shiner (North Beach), 770 total. 148: Tanner Birdsall (Montesano), 1,050. 165: Shad Rogers (Montesano), 1,105.
Second Place — 114: Erik Warner (Montesano). 148: Jacob McAbe-Brown (North Beach). 181: Noah Ewing (Montesano). Unl: Jake Massoth (Montesano).
Third Place — 114: Trevor Borja (North Beach). 148: Skye Jefferson (Montesano). 165: Tristan Darst (Montesano). 198: Robert Sprinkle (Montesano). 220: Drew Helms (Montesano). 242: Byron Peterson (Montesano).
Montesano 41, North Beach 37, Northwest Christian 26, Omak 23, White River 21.
Best Squad: Montesano’s Ashley Laney, 225.
Best Dead Lift/Women’s Best Overall Lifter: Rayna Ashlock, 265.
Championships — 97: Chazlyn O’Bannon (Montesano), 485. 105: Ashley Laney (Montesano), 520. 114: Rayna Ashlock (Montesano), 610. 165: Crystal Lynch (North Beach), 790. 181: Koral Frost (North Beach), 710. Unl: Shyanne Morrow (North Beach), 655. Morrow, reigning state champ.
Second Place — 97: Kasey Hearn (North Beach). 132: Erika Garland (Montesano). 148: Stephanie Cristelli (Elma). 165: Corrie Stewart (Montesano).
Third Place — 123: Miquie Pinnel (North Beach). 165: Rachel Owen (North Beach). 181: Lexi Prante (Montesano).