Chase Chapa pulls a deadlift during the Calhoun powerlifting meet over the weekend. (Photo by Kellie Whitker)

Calhoun Powerlifting came to play at home in the 2020 Calhoun Bayou Brawl taking home first place in both Girls and Boys competitions.

The Calhoun Sandies Powerlifting dominated their competition, earning 70 points, and multiple Sandies were dominating in their respective weight classes.

Jason Bagwell talked of kicking off another season with another home victory and how the win will motivate his team moving into the season.

“It was a great way to kick off the year, you know, anytime you score 70 points. That doesn’t happen very often.” Bagwell said.

Bagwell added he has nine girls already qualified for regionals in the first meet of the season, and he said he was really excited.

“It’s great because they don’t have to worry about it [qualifying for regionals] any more.…girls will end up down to their last meet trying to make it,” Bagwell said. “So it’s just a stress reliever.”

Kennedi Butcher, the Sandies sophomore lifter, dominated the 198 weight class, and she talked about her performance at Saturday’s meet.

“I walked into the meet kinda nervous today, and I wasn’t expecting to get the 400-squat, but I ended up just getting it,” Butcher said.

Butcher lifted a total of 1020 pounds in the meet, and she hopes her performance helps motivate her teammates as the season progresses and gets first in state again.

“It’s gonna help and definitely motivate me to work harder and cheer my teammates on to work harder,” Butcher said. “And push everybody harder just so we can get that first place at state again.”

The Sandcrabs Powerlifting team once again won first place at home with 40 points at the Bayou Brawl to kick off their season.

Sandcrabs Powerlifting Coach Roger Saenz talked about his team’s performance at the meet.

“It’s a great feeling, and it’s great for these kids,” Saenz said. “Last year we’re a team full of veterans, and this year we have about half veterans and half new guys.”

Saenz added his lifters have pride, and they push themselves, and it was something he knew they could pull off.

One of Saenz’s lifters dominated at the meet. Senior Jamie Rios finished in first place in the 198 weight class with a total of 1,555 pounds and won Outstanding Lifter.

Rios said it was felt good to take first in his weight class, and he added that he felt so accomplished.

The Sandcrabs hope to use this win as motivation for the season, and Saenz said that his lifters will deal with two types of competitions.

“There two kinds of competitions they have; one is against themselves, and one is against actual people in their weight class they are going against,” Saenz said.

Saenz added the progression gives his lifters the opportunity to consistently improve, and he said the confidence that they gain is just outstanding, and they understand that they haven’t tapped out.

Calhoun Powerlifting travels to Alvin this Friday for the second meet of the season.

The meet starts at 9 a.m.

--Girls Powerlifting—

Regional Qualifiers:

97 Class: Lexi Iglesias

114 Class: Salma Anaya-Martinez, Raelin Luna, Kara Smith, Payton Cox

123 Class: Eh Nay Gay Hso

132 Class: Geraldine Tafolla

198 Class: Butcher

259+ Class: Alayna Searcy