We hate to be the one using the R-word, but it’s pretty clear that both the Howe and Van Alstyne powerlifting teams will be in rebuild mode this season.
Van Alstyne will be missing the talents of Lori Arion and Meg Jones and Howe is looking to replace Kaleb Espinoza, who finished second at the regional meet last season.
Arion made it to state last season, setting regional records in the bench press and total weight for her 165-pound class.
The two teams took their first steps towards replacing those losses, competing in the 2014 Anna Invitational held at the Anna Middle School on Jan. 11. With 97 girls from 14 schools entered in the meet, Van Alstyne’s Bailey Allen had the top finish among lifters from Van Alstyne and Howe.
Allen totaled 490 pounds lifted in the three events: squat, bench press and dead lift, to finish second in the 165-pound class.
Lady Panther lifter Mariisa Carson totaled 575 pounds to finish fourth in the 132-pound weight class.
Jamie Patterson, representing Howe, lifted 475 pounds to finish fifth in the 123-pound class for the top finish among Lady Bulldog lifters.
On the boys’ side, Panther standout Will Brogdon finished second in the 275-pound weight class with a total lift of 1,265 pounds.
Adam White of Van Alstyne also lifted over 1,000 pounds with his fifth place finish in the 198-pound class, lifting 1,065 total.
Van Alstyne will travel to Princeton on Jan. 18 to compete in that event. Howe’s next meets will be on Jan. 23 for the girls team in Whitesboro and on Jan. 25 for the boys team in Whitesboro.
Jamie Patterson, Howe 123 pound class, fifth, 475 total
London Loftice, Howe, 123 pound class, seventh, 410 total
Lindsey Stegall, VA, 123 pound class, eighth, 405 total
Mariisa Carson, VA,132 pound class, fourth, 575 total
Brea Barnett, Howe,132 pound class, eighth,370 total
Alicia Oviedo, Howe,148 pound class,ninth,385 total
Bailey Allen, VA, 165 pound class, second,490 total
Bailey Glenn, VA, 181 pound class, eighth, 510.
Zach Braswell, Howe,132 pound class,second,675 total
Tyler Nicholson,Howe,148 pound class,sixth,815 total
Dawson McDonald, Howe,148 pound class, seventh,780 total
Jake Haker,VA, 165 pound class, sixth, 945 total
Triston Pryor, VA,165 pound class,10th, 880 total
Trent Alexander, VA, 181 pound class,fourth,850 total
Tanner Hartsfield, Howe, 181 pound class,seventh,725 total
Adam White, VA, 198 pound class,fifth,1065
Terry Lawrence,VA,198 pound class, sixth,950
Ryan Folk,VA,242 pound class, sixth,995 total
Joel Menjivar, Howe,242 pound class,eighth, 835 total
Will Brogdon,VA,275 pound class,second,1265 total