The Bandera High School Powerlifting teams are off to a strong start of the season.
The Lady ‘Dogs placed third at the Uvalde Invitational and The University of Texas Invitational, while placing second at the Texas Strength Systems meet.
The girls are led by Caitlin Watson, who has already blown by the qualifying state weight of 725 with a season best or 855 pounds in the 123-pound division. Kimberly Salinas is following close behind with a season best total of 765 pounds at the Strength Systems meet.
They are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the region.
Penelope Garcia is currently ranked No. 1 in the region in the 132-pound division. Her best showing was at TSS meet with a season high total of 735 pounds.
Kylee Hensley has improved her totals weekly and is currently ranked No. 5 in the region with a season best 775 pounds in the 148-pound weight class.
Ofelia Macias has also been working hard and is moving up the ranks in the 148-pound division with a total of 725 pounds. Anna Freeman is very close to making a jump into the Top 4 of the region in the 165-pound weight class. She has a season high of 795 pounds.
Emily Garcia, Ashley Grodman, Michelle Linson, Madelyn Jackson and Makayla Garcia round out the squad. They are also working hard and are improving weekly.
They are making great gains, and we look forward to a strong finish for them.
The boys’ Powerlifting teams have also done well in their competitions, finishing fourth at the Uvalde Invitational.
Ethan Brown leads the squad as the No. 1 ranked 123-pound lifter in the region with a season best of 960 pounds. That provides him with an automatic qualifying total for the state championships.
Colton Perkins has been turning in personal bests on a weekly basis. He is ranked No. 8 in the region in the 275-pound division with a total of 1,350 pounds.
Brian Burns is ranked No. 5 in the 148-pound weight class with a season best 1,030 lbs.
The team is rounded by Matthew Statin, Colby Kennedy, Kaloeb Son, Cody Jurecski and Zak Widenor.
These young men are improving weekly and also look to finish strong and make a push for a regional berth.
The Bulldog Powerlifting squad will next compete on Feb. 22, at Holy Cross starting at 9 a.m.
Manny Martinez is the head powerlifting coach at Bandera High School.