Northwest Rankin | Senior
Was top lifter at state meet, totaling a class-record 1,650 pounds to win 6A super heavyweight.
Provine | Senior
Won 123 weight class for 6A with lifts of 375 for the squat, 195 for bench press and 480 for dead lift for a 1,050 total.
Bruce, | Senior
Won 198 for 2A with class records of 615 in the squat, 605 in the deadlift and 1,530 total.
Gulfport | Senior
Won 220 for 6A with a class record total of 1,530.
Kosciusko | Sophomore
Won 114 for 4A with 345 in the squat, 165 in the bench press and a 390 deadlift for a 900 total.
D’Iberville | Senior
Helped Warriors win 6A as 308 champion with a total of 1,605 pounds.
Oak Grove | Sophomore
Had lifts of 520 for squat, 255 for bench press and 510 for deadlift, totaling 1,285 to win 6A at 148.
D’Iberville | Junior
Won 181 in 6A with 1,520 total, including a state meet weight class record of 640 for the squat.
Pontotoc | Sophomore
Won 165 for 4A with class record total of 1,390 pounds.
Lewisburg | Senior
Won 5A 275 with 625 for squat, 350 for bench press and 560 for deadlift, totaling 1,535.
Brookhaven | Junior
Had a 5A squat class record of 650 for 242 and finished first with a 1,590 total.
Caledonia | Junior
Set 4A class records for 132 with a deadlift of 485 and a total of 1,105 pounds.
Conner Arnault, Gulfport
Benny Benson, Lake Cormorant
Tanner Blacklidge, Gulfport
Micah Booker, D’Iberville
Satsha Burden, Tupelo
Gionne Butler, Ridgeland
Rick Campbell, Pototoc
Tony Cooper, Cleveland
Dillon Davis, Falkner
Wyatt Delancey, D’Iberville
Vaughnte Dorsey, Cleveland
Dillon Davis, Falkner
D.J. Henderson, Clinton
Terril Lloyd, Loyd Star
Donald Knox, Gulfport
Storm Moore, North Pontotoc
Coach of the Year
Josh Ladner played on a championship team at D’Iberville and now has coached one, but in different sports. He was a two-way lineman when the Warriors won the MHSAA 4A football championship in 2002, and this year he coached the powerlifting team to its first title in 6A, earning boys Coach of the Year honors.
After attending Gulf Coast Community College on a football scholarship and USM, Ladner returned to D’Iberville in 2008 and became the powerlifting coach in 2009. The success of the program has grown since then, culminating in this year’s championship. He gives much of the credit to junior Cade Ross, the 6A champion at 181.
“He played a huge part in it,” Ladner said. “He’s so talented, but he comes so hungry every day. The other kids see that and they say “Wow, I’ve got to get on board.'”
With seven of the 11 lifters who participated in the state meet underclassmen, the future is bright for the Warriors.