Power and glory

Rebecca Simpson (from the left) took third in her weight class, Angelica Fuentes placed first, Madison Watkins lifted a personal best and (not pictured) Tiana Sanchez also had an outstanding performance at the State Championship, held last weekend in Corpus Christi. Pictured in the back row are: John Cuellar, Steven Kirk, Powerlifting Coach Tremaine Johnson, and Auggie Woodruff.

Angelica Fuentes earns first-ever BHS powerlifting State championship, team takes fourth

BALLINGER– The Ballinger Girls Powerlifting Team traveled to Corpus Christi last weekend, to compete in State Championship. Ballinger Lady Cat lifters placed fourth as a team out of 40-plus 2A girl teams competing. Leading the way with first place and State Champion in the 148-pound class was Angelica Fuentes, with a 1,025-pound total.

Angelica broke several longtime weight class records for the squat with a 440-pound squat, and broke the bench record with a 225-pound bench. She also set the total pound record for her weight class with 1,025 pounds lifted.

Third place in the 198-pound class with a 980-pound total was Rebecca Simpson. Placing sixth in the 165-pound class was Madison Watkins, with a personal best total of 810-pounds. Tenth place in the 105-pound weight class was Tiana Sanchez, with a 560 pound total.

“I’m proud of all of the girls for being fearless among 500 plus girls from 1A, 2A and 5A schools that competed that day, and the very strict judging of each platform which left little room for error in our technique for each lift,” said Ballinger High School Powerlifting Coach Tremaine Johnson.

“Angelica is Ballinger’s first powerlifter to capture a State Championship for any gender and should be the first of a few more future state champion girls to come,” he added. 

This Saturday will be boys State Competition in Abilene, Texas at the Taylor County Expo Center. Lifting begins at 9 a.m. Auggie Woodruf and John Cuellar will be striving for gold and title State Champion. Admission will be $5 and there will be concessions for food and tee shirts. Come support our local lifters as they represent Ballinger.