By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Louisville High School is on the verge of earning yet another state championship.
When the MHSAA State Powerlifting Meet takes place at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on April 5, LHS Wildcats John McAdory and Tyler Hickman will be the two odds-on favorites to finish first and second in the Super-heavyweight division (308 pounds and up) in the MHSAA 3A portion of the meet.
“They are twice as strong as they have been in past years,” said coach Wayne Jones. “So far their closest competitors have been lifting 1,200 pounds.”
In the recently completed MHSAA 3A North State Powerlifting Championships in Charleston, McAdory completed a dead lift of 570 pounds to give him a total of `1,520 pounds and the gold medal, just five more total pounds than Hickman had lifted.
“One of them wins one week and the other wins the next,” Jones said. “They both are deserving and both have really worked hard. I’m pulling for them to go out and have a great state meet.”
Powerlifting combines the weight of an athlete’s best of three lifts in the squat, bench press and dead lift.
McAdory had a squat of 550 pounds, bench of 400 pounds and dead lift of 570 pounds, while Hickman posted a squat of 650 pounds, bench of 355 and dead lift of 510 pounds for a total of 1,515.
The two athletes will weigh in on Thursday, April 4 and then will compete the following day. The event begins early in the morning with boys and girls powerlifting and closes out around noon when the super heavyweights take the stage.