New Richmond powerlifters have a successful opening meet
Qualifying seven lifters for state, winning the girls title and having the top girl in the meet were some of the highlights for the New Richmond Powerlifting Team in its season-opening meet in River Falls on Saturday.
The Tigers competed in the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association meet in River Falls, one of four regional meets they will compete in during the season.
The seven state qualifiers are all from the Tiger girls team. They include Vickie Holbrook, Maddie Reimenschneider, Tina Montpetit, Bethany Haag, Tamarah Clemmens, Sabrina Stacken and Sabrina Kayes.
Haag was named as the overall top female lifter in the meet. She was the champion in the 148-pound class. The top overall lifter award is based on a formula where total weight lifted is multiplied by a coefficient based on the lifter’s weight.
New Richmond’s girls took first place among the eight teams competing in Saturday’s meet, earning 93 points. Eau Claire North took second place.
For the first time, the New Richmond boys placed in a meet. They earned 67 points, finishing second behind the 84 points earned by Eau Claire North.
The Tigers have 52 lifters on their roster this season. The Tigers took 38 lifters to Saturday’s meet, including 15 who were competing for the first time.
“They’re a hard working group,” Tiger coach Brian Kaczmarski said of the team. “Our goal is to keep increasing the size of the program and to keep improving our lifts.”
He said the hope is to have Tiger boys and girls squads compete at state. It takes 10 state qualifiers to compete as a team at the state level. The Tiger girls qualified last year and earned fourth place in the state meet.
Kaczmarski said there has been strong parental support and strong support from the school district. He said there is now a banner for the teams in the high school gym along with the other varsity sports.
The next competition for the Tigers will be on Saturday, Jan. 18, when they take part in a regional meet in Osceola.
Here is a list of the Tigers who were placewinners in Saturday’s meet in River Falls.
Austin Dimeck, second, 220 pounds
Liam Mehls, second, 198 pounds
Brendan Maki, second, 165 pounds
Alex Boucher, second, 114 pounds
Brandon Powers, fourth, 148 pounds
Vickie Holbrook, first, 114 pounds
Myah Olson, fifth, 123 pounds
Maddie Reimenschneider, first 132 pounds
Tina Montpetit, second, 132 pounds
Alyssa Carver, fourth, 132 pounds
Bethany Haag, first, 148 pounds
Tamarah Clemmens, second, 148 pounds
Sabrina Stacken, first, 165 pounds
Amanda Fredrick, second, 165 pounds
Sabrina Kayes, first, 198 pounds