Edward Ducre, ’17
Lillian Khemmanymong lifts at the St. Michael Invitational on January 14, 2017.
Saturday, January the 14th, St. Michael the Archangel High School held their annual powerlifting meet. Although it is a small meet composed of about 100 lifters from different schools, Woodlawn had 14 lifters in the meet.
This meet was mainly used to gain experience for the young Panther powerlifting team. The team only had three returning lifters from last year (Bubba Ducre, Carlynn Montgomery, and Presley White), so the team needed as much experience as possible before Regionals.
The Panthers had a very productive day, as Coach Baronich and Coach Evers, along with the more experienced lifters, taught a lot to the newcomers, including when to warm up, what to wear and especially when and when not to eat. Along with this being a great learning day for the Panthers, their performance was also very impressive. Many of the Panther lifters won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
Coach Baronich seemed very proud of how the lifters did Saturday, yet said the team needed to work on their self- confidence and act like each lifter knows they are going to win a medal every meet.
by Fabian Coleman
The school’s powerlifting team is starting its 2016 Campaign and they have added some new things. The season started with an invitational event here at Woodlawn on the February 9th. The team is pretty excited about the upcoming season. Brendon Ladouph is one of the freshman on the team, and he appears to be pumped about the sport, even though this is his first year doing it. Senior Tyrrell Lewis is one of the leaders on this team and is very passionate about the sport and the team. Coach Baronage (known as Coach B) is the new powerlifting coach and has a new approach to the season and how the team is going to practice and perform. “The team is full of talent and potential,” said Coach B.
Most people believe the powerlifting team members are the strongest kids in the school, but students do not have to be the biggest or strongest to join the team. The powerlifting team is full of kids who have different strengths and weaknesses. For example, a freshman probably cannot train and do the same weights as a senior or even a junior, so of course they are going to do lighter weights than some of the other guys and girls on the team. That does not mean they should not join, it just means they need some practice! If you want to join then go see Coach B in the gym anytime of the day cause the team needs more people.