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    Burleson girls senior powerlifter Natalie Marion was awarded a scholarship from the THSWPA over the weekend at the state championships. Shown are, from left, Burleson girls assistant powerlifting coach Nathan Vogel, Natalie Marion and Burleson girls head powerlifting coach Scotty Williams. BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO

Lifters gain experience at state

The girls powerlifting program at Burleson took a huge step Saturday as six Lady Elks competed at the Class 5A Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state championships in Waco.

“The girls did well,” Burleson coach Scotty Williams said. “It’s a huge meet and they all improved their totals. We lose two seniors, who have been great leaders for us, but we have a lot coming back.  Coach Vogel, coach McElroy and myself want to get our girls program to where the boys program is and it’s starting to come around just like the boys did.  We are pleased with this year.”

The top performer for Burleson was Jakiya Wade who finished sixth in the 220-pound class with combined weight total of 985 pounds. Competing at 148 pounds, Kelsey Green placed 11th with a combined weight total of 825 pounds.

In the 181-pound weight class, Isabella Roberts finished 13th with a combined weight total of 845 pounds. Natalie Marion placed 15th in the weight class with a combined weight total of 840 pounds. At 114 pounds, Makayla Moulton placed 15th with a combined weight total of 635 pounds. Madelaine Brown finished 17th in the 97-pound class with a weight total of 496.

Centennial’s Creeden places sixth

Centennial’s Lucia Creeden placed sixth in the 123-pound division with a combined weight total of 790 pounds.

Burleson’s Marion earns scholarship

Burleson senior Natalie Marion, was awarded a scholarship by the THSWPA for her college education based on her accomplishments, an essay, her GPA, volunteer work and letters of recommendation.

“It couldn’t have gone to a better student/athlete,” Williams said.

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