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Pine Tree powerlifters among area contingent at state championships

By Jack Stallard
March 14, 2013 at 11 p.m.

Derrick Hennigan calls Pine Tree senior powerlifters Alex Jehlen and Megan Wood "program builders." If all goes well this weekend, Jehlen and Wood - along with Lady Pirate teammates Francely Lopez and Breanna Ingram - might need a different title.

State champ.

Jehlen, Wood, Lopez and Ingram - along with alternate Lexi Schepleng - are in Corpus Christi to compete in the Texas High School Women's Powerlifting Association State Championship Meet. They'll be joined by a host of other East Texas lifters. The Class 3A and 4A lifters compete today, while the 1A, 2A and 5A lifters compete on Saturday.

"Megan and Alex helped get this program started," Hennifan said. "They helped recruit some of the other girls."

Jehlen, who lifts in the 123-pound division, earned outstanding lifter honors at the regional meet and set regional records in the squat (325 pounds) bench press (170 pounds) and total (815 pounds).

Ingram (105-pound division) won the regional title with a 605 total pounds. Lopez (114-pound division) was second and Wood (114-pound division) was third.

Schepleng finished third in the 198-pound division.

Pine Tree finished third at the regional meet, held at Wills Point High School.

Other East Texas lifters who advanced to the state meet include:

<strong>Division I</strong>

114 pounds: Chassidy Sims, Lindale; 123 pounds: Nicole Borger, Lindale; 132 pounds: Paxton Venable, Texas High; 148 pounds: KeeAna Ward, Lindale; 220-plus: Jeniqua Edwards, Lindale

<strong>Division II</strong>

97 pounds: Rebekah Bratcher, Canton; Marci Whittington, Canton; Jade Buckley, Rusk; 105 pounds: Kelsey Green, Bullard; Sydney Stewart, Canton; Meghan Phillips, Wills point; Justice Storey, Canton; 114 pounds: Shelbi Jeanes, Canton; Crystal Garcia, Rains; Destinee Welch, Bullard; 123 pounds: Kenzee Sanders, Canton; Beatriz Colunga, Rains; Kadeia Jefferson, Rusk; Kara Ott, Canton; Bri Alexander, Paris; Kadijah Cooper, Center; 132 pounds: Taylor Spiller, Bullard; 148 pounds: Talor Parker, Rains; Norma Cunigan, Wills Point; Kennedy Key, Bullard; 165 pounds: Stephanie Brown, Wills Point; Chakera Ingram, Cengter; Kylie Bridges, Brownsboro; Lyndsey Pate, Rains; Julie Frisby, Bullard; 181 pounds: Kylie Delaney, Rusk; Riley Clifton, Rains; 198 pounds: Jacey Williams, Canton; Holly Cunigan, Wills Point; 220 pounds: Emma Adkins, Wills Point; Ashlyn Reece, Huntington; Ladricka Wright, Canton; Kayla Levingston, Liberty-Eylau; Hailey Stanford, Rusk; 220-plus: Ali Lombas, Rains; Pricilla Wallace, Chapel Hill; Rebecca Roberts, Van.

<strong>Division III</strong>

97 pounds: Alyssa Matthews, White Oak; 114 pounds: Shelby Luce, Cayuga; Chick Johnson, New Boston; Kenzie Martin, Winnsboro; 123 pounds: Heather Wooden, Palestine Westwood; 132 pounds: Olivia Worsham, Joaquin; Adrienna Branch, New Diana; 148 pounds: Tachrissa Boyd, Daingerfield; Meghan Bowling, White Oak; Tara Ellis, Hughes Springs; Ashley Brown, Mount Vernon; Abigail Ramirez, Winnsboro; 165 pounds: Madison Rice, New Boston; 181 pounds: Jessica Garrett, Prairiland; 198 pounds: Kristin Dean, Troup; Erica Wesley, New Diana; 220 pounds: Ciera Tillis, Palestine Westwood; Kaitlyn Martin, Hughes Springs; Kierra Butler, Palestine Westwood; Tyeesha Dawkins, Palestine Westwood; 220-plus: Raven Paul, Frankston; Nicole Phillips, Daingerfield.

<em>(Follow Jack Stallard on Twitter: @lnjsports)</em>



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