WHITE SALMON — Montesano’s boys and girls dug deep in more ways than one to maintain a powerlifting tradition.
Capturing six individual titles and displaying their customary depth, the Bulldogs swept team honors in the State High School Powerlifting Championships on Saturday at White Salmon.
Monte’s boys won their 11th consecutive state title, totaling 48 points to finish 16 ahead of runner-up Shelton. Newport of Bellevue was third with 31 points.
The Bulldog girls nabbed their second straight team crown and eighth in the past 11 years. Their 55 points were nine better than second-place Omak. White Salmon was a distant third with 28.
Eric Stanfield added to the Montesano harvest by receiving the State Coach of the Year award.
Grays Harbor lifters accounted for eight individual titles.
Montesano’s Corrie Stewart broke state records for the girls 165-pound class in the squat (325 pounds), bench press (190) and overall total (825).
Breaking the state record for his weight class in the bench press, with 410 pounds, Monte’s Noah Ewing won the boys 198-pound division with a 1,425 total. He received the meet’s Outstanding Lifter award in the bench press.
Other Bulldog state champions included Vonte Schoch in the boys 132-pound division (with a 980-pound total), Greg Benner in boys unlimited (1,335), Chazlyn O’Bannon in the girls 97-pound division (520) and Rayna Ashlock in the girls 114-pound class (645).
North Beach’s Shyanne Morrow repeated as a state champion, taking the girls 198-pound division with a 720-pound total.
Elma’s Wesley Allen took the boys 114-pound division with 795 pounds.
Although failing to place overall after failing to make an opening dead lift, North Beach’s Dakota Dycus broke the bench press record for the girls unlimited division by hoisting 235 pounds.
Anticipating a much closer battle with Shelton for boys team honors, the Bulldogs did a better job of adjusting to tight judging.
Noting that judges were forcing lifters to dip well below parallel in the squat before ruling the lifts legal, Stanfield instructed his charges to select lighter weights than usual in opening the competition.
“We were able to get every one of our squat lifters through except one,” Stanfield said. “Three of (Shelton’s) lifters bombed, they failed three people.”
Competitors who fail their opening lifts are ineligible to contribute to the team total.
“It was a long day, everybody started failing,” Stanfield said. “It was a credit to the kids to lift smart and defend their title.”
The Bulldogs also racked up points by notching two second-place finishes and three third in the boys meet and three seconds and four thirds in the girls competition.
North Beach’s girls, which had been expected to challenge Montesano for team honors, also had difficulty making opening lifts and failed to place in the top four. Omak, which had not made much of a splash in invitational meets this season, emerged as a surprise challenger in the girls team competition.
A total of 137 lifters competeted in the meet.
Stanfield saluted his teams for again rising to the occasion.
“They drew a line in the sand and wouldn’t let anyone cross it,” the Montesano coach said.
Other Grays Harbor placewinners:
132 — Sawyer Rhoden (Montesano. 148 — Tanner Birdsall (Montesano). 165 — Jacob McCabe-Brown (North Beach).
114 — Max Howard (North Beach). 123 — Imani Lund (Montesano). 148 — Brandon Rose (Montesano) 242 — Evan Bialkowsky (Montesano) Unlimited — Joe Wilson (Elma).
123 — Erik Warner (Montesano). 181 — Kenny Darst (Montesano). 242 — Byron Peterson (Montesno).
105 — Ashley Laney (Montesano). 132 — Breanna Cheney (North Beach). 148 — Lyndsy Quinn (Montesno). 181 — Charley Schimelpfenig (Montesano) Unlimited — Alexis Johnsen (North Beach).
114 — Hannah Pierog (Montesano). 132 — Myranda Floch (Montesano). 165 — Kasie Kloempken (Montesano). 198 — Gillian Teague (Montesno).
97 — Kasey Hearn (North Beach).