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  • Lady Tiger wins state meet

    032521 powerliftingCOURTESY PHOTO Kailyn Fisher displays her first-place award for taking top honors at the State 3A Powerlifting meet on March 16 in Corpus Christi.

    News-Standard staff

    CORPUS CHRISTI — Kailyn Fisher took top honors at the State 3A Powerlifting meet on March 16.

    The Lady Tiger lifted a personal best squat of 520 pounds, did a 285-pound bench press, a personal best 450-pound deadlift and hit a new state totals record of 1,255 pounds.

    Her efforts put Trinity at seventh in the team standings, which was won by Edinburg Idea College Prep.

    At the 1-2A State Meet held March 15, Groveton’s Jadan Alsip took eighth place and Lexia Blanks brought home 10th-place hardware.

    Kylie Voelker and Chloe Meshell bombed out on squats, which ended their competition for the season.

  • Lifter taking next step up the mountain

    042221 powerlifter 2COURTESY PHOTO Kailyn “KK” Fisher show off the hardware she’s won during her journey to becoming the state champion powerlifter this year.

    By Tony Farkas

    TRINITY — Kailyn Fisher said it’s good to be at the top, especially for a state as grand as Texas.

    The Trinity High School junior won’t be stopping there, as she has set her sights on a national competition, set for June 2-3 in San Antonio.

    Kailyn, or KK as she’s known, is following in her older sister Deanna’s footsteps after watching her lift, and her happiness doing it.

    “I love doing what I do, and I love making people happy,” she said.

    Powerlifting Coach Forrest Reddick said he had the privilege of coaching both sisters. At a recent school board meeting, he listed her numerous accomplishments.

    “Deanna was my first star,” Reddick said. “We would be down on the floor getting ready to lift, and we’d look up in the stands and there would be this kid, laying across two or three sets of bleachers, dead asleep. Four years later, KK’s freshman year, she went undefeated in her regular invitational meets, came in second place at regionals and came in third at state behind some senior girls.”

    In her sophomore year, KK went undefeated in all invitational meets, became regional champion and set three records for bench, deadlift and a totals record with 1,230 pounds.

    Reddick said Kailyn qualified for the state meet, but that was cancelled because of COVID.

    For this year, she again was undefeated in invitational meets, again was regional champion where she was named most outstanding lifter, and at state set a personal best with a squat of 520 pounds, benched 285 pounds, and deadlifted a personal best of 450 pounds to break the state record of total weight of 1,255 pounds.

    “I knew I would do well, I was confident,” Kailyn said. “We were looking at the stats going in to the tournament, and knew I would do well, but I didn’t think I would outdo everyone from 1A to 6A.”

    042221 powerlifterCOURTESY PHOTO Kailyn Fisher poses with her coach, Forrest Reddick, after the state meet this year.

    Reddick said that he went back through all the totals, and KK had the best lift of all weight classes this year.

    Trinity School Superintendent John Kaufman praised Kailyn’s accomplishments, but also said he was a role model.

    “Ms. Fisher has accomplished a task that no one in Trinity has accomplished,” he said. “I am extremely proud of her, and I’m even more proud of her as a student leader.”

    With all of her success competing this year, Kailyn, after at the Scarlet Showdown in New Caney on April 10, was invited by the U.S. Powerlifting Association to compete at the national level.

  • Powerlifting season kicks off

    020421 powerliftingCOURTESY PHOTO Austin Cummins prepares for the deadlift during the Jan. 30 Splendora Invitational Powerlifting meet. Cummins posted a fifth-place finish, and the team placed sixth.

    Special to the News-Standard

    SPLENDORA — The Tigers boys and girls powerlifting teams each placed sixth at the Splendora Invitational on Jan. 30.

    Trey Goodman placed first individually, while Austin Cummins placed second. Blake Dumas managed a fifth-place posting.

    For the girls, Deandra Mills and Gracie Robb each nabbed a second-place posting.

    Boys’ results

    Top 10 overall

    Fifth: Austin Cummins

    10th: Trey Goodman

    Individual results

    First: Trey Goodman with a total of 1,205 pounds

    Second: Austin Cummins with a total of 1,280 pounds

    Fifth: B. Dumas with a total of 865 pounds

    Girls’ results

    Third: Deandra Mills with 550 pounds, Gracie Robb with 560 pounds

    Fourth: Ailin Marquez with 450 pounds, Joshlyn Ainsworth with 540 pounds, Maria Mendoza with 615 pounds

    Seventh: Zoey Hawkins with 515 pounds

    Eighth: Izabella Love with 550 pounds

    2021 Tiger Strong Invitational

    Jan. 23

    Boy's Team standing

    Sixth

    Top 10 overall

    First: Trey Goodman

    Fourth: Austin Cummins

    Individual Results

    First: Trey Goodman with 1,240 pounds, Austin Cummins with 1,215 pounds

    Third: Remington Lassman with 880 pounds

    Fifth: Blake Dumas with 890 pounds

    Girls Team standing

    Third

    Top 10 overall

    First: Kailyn Fisher

    Individual results

    First: Kailyn Fisher with 1195 pounds

    Second: Maria Mendoza with 575 pounds, Deandra Mills with 555 pounds, Gracie Robb with 465 pounds, Ailin Martinez with 460 pounds

    Third: Jojo Ainsworth with 465 pounds

    Fourth: Alivia Wallace with 395 pounds, Izabella Love with 500 pounds

    Bulldog Nation Invitational

    Jan. 14

    Girls Results

    Team standing

    Second

    Top 10 overall

    First: Kailyn Fisher

    Fourth: Alyssa Hill

    10th: Myona Wilson

    Individual results

    First: Kailyn Fisher with 1165 pounds, Maria Mendoza with 565 pounds

    Second: Alyssa Hill with 695 pounds, Deandra Mills with 555 pounds

    Third: Myona Wilson with 570 pounds, Sierra Smith with 475 pounds, Ailin Martinez with 455 pounds

    Fifth: Izabella Love with 455 pounds

    Boys Results

    Team standing

    Sixth

    Top 10 overall

    Ninth: Austin Cummins

    10th: Trey Goodman

    Individual results

    First: Trey Goodman with 1180 pounds

    Third: Austin Cummins with 1185 pounds

    Fourth: Remington Lassman with 720 pounds

    Sixth: Blake Dumas with 855 pounds, Trey Smith with 565 pounds

    Eighth: Taylor Hayden with 775 pounds