A large contingent of Central Texas athletes will look to flex their muscles at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state meet this weekend in Corpus Christi.

Gatesville’s girls finished second in the team standings at the regional meet, and will send five lifters to the state round. The Lady Hornets’ Sabra Warren, Curtsi Cope and Kaydee Sexton won regional titles in their respective weight divisions, and they’ll be joined by teammates Elizabeth Trejo and Sarah Walker, who also qualified.

Hillsboro and Connally are sending three lifters apiece to state, and West has a pair of qualifiers. La Vega, Robinson and Groesbeck also have entrants in Division 2, which includes Class 3A schools.

In Division 3, which consists of Class 2A lifters and below, Meridian qualified four athletes for state — Sierra Childers, Jacky Hernandez, Samantha Williams and Yajaria Garcia. Bosqueville has a trio of state qualifiers in Rebecca Garrett, Brittany Carter and Hailey Anderson, while Whitney, McGregor, Moody, Axtell, Reicher, Bruceville-Eddy and Valley Mills will be represented as well.

In Division I for schools in Classes 5A and 4A, Belton should be able to rack up some points at the state meet, thanks to a five-lifter contingent. University, meanwhile, will be represented by Leticia Lopez, who registered the top total for any 4A lifter in the 220-pound division at regionals.

Athletes will weigh in Thursday at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, and the competition will be held Friday and Saturday. The boys’ state powerlifting meet will be March 21-22 in Abilene.

Powerlifting is the most prolific sport among Texas high school athletes that is not sanctioned by the UIL.

For a complete list of local qualifiers for the girls’ state meet, see page 2C.

West softball’s Kettler POW

West softball player Maddison Kettler was named the National High School Softball Player of the Week for the South Central Region by MaxPreps and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Kettler, a sophomore shortstop and outfielder, spurred West to a 5-1 week by batting .560 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, eight RBIs and four steals. She smashed homers in wins over Hubbard and McGregor. On the season Kettler is batting .609 with 16 RBIs.

She has committed to play at Baylor, and is rated as a top 100 recruit nationally in her class by StudentSports.com.

#4 Rockets in showcase

It’s every high school baseball player’s dream to take the field at a big-league park.

The Robinson Rockets were able to live out that dream earlier this week.

The fourth-ranked Rockets lost a 4-3 decision to No. 7 Argyle Monday in a neutral-site game that was played at Globe Life Park, formerly known as the Ballpark at Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers.

Despite the defeat, Robinson is still rocketing along, at 14-2 overall on the season.

Centex 9s flood polls

Robinson isn’t the only Central Texas team making some noise in the state baseball poll.

In TxHighSchoolBaseball.com’s state rankings, the Rockets are one of three area teams ranked in Class 3A, along with West at No. 14 and China Spring at No. 20.

In Class 2A, Crawford, Teague and Troy have all cracked the poll at Nos. 22, 23 and 24, respectively. And the Bosqueville Bulldogs sit at No. 3 in Class 1A.

In the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s softball state rankings, Bruceville-Eddy has ascended to the No. 1 spot in Class 2A. Led by Baylor-bound slugger Shelby Friudenberg, the Lady Eagles have powered past plenty of foes and have lost only once, to Reicher and its ace pitcher Callee Guffey.

Crawford sits at No. 5 in 2A and Troy is tied for 15th. In Class 3A, West (No. 10) and Lorena (15) are both ranked, while Hubbard continues to impress in Class 1A and is ranked No. 2 in the state.

R-L’s Snyder inks letter

Rosebud-Lott’s Keaton Snyder will further his baseball career at Central Christian College in McPherson, Kan., after signing with that NAIA school this week.

A senior pitcher and utility player, Snyder has lettered four years for the Cougars, earning first-team all-district recognition in each of the past two seasons. He plans to pursue a degree in sports management.

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