* January 7th, 2017 @ Calvary Baptist Academy, Calvary Baptist Invitational,
* January 14th, 2017 @ Natchitoches Central High School, Chief Invitational. NATCHITOCHES, LA
* February 25th, 2017 @ West Monroe High School (North Regional Meet),
WEST MONROE, LA
* March 18th, 2017 @ The University of Louisiana at Monroe (5A State Powerlifting Meet), MONROE, LA
Matt Harper is a State Champion
Matt Harper went into this weekends state competition with a chip on his shoulder. Last year he came up 5 pounds short, as he fell to a St Paul lifter on his final dead lift. This year he left nothing to chance. Matt won the super heavy weight (SHW) division in a run away. He set many personal records and even a state record in the process. Harper squatted 700 lbs, bench pressed 500 lbs and dead lifted 605 lbs in route to setting a Louisiana High School Powerlifting Association and LHSAA state record 1805 lb total. Harper becomes the first state champion in school history in the sport.
Parkway Improves at State Competition
Last year at the state meet at West Monroe High School the Parkway Panthers managed just 5 points, after Matt Harper finished 2nd in the 275 weight class. This year the Panthers double their output. Matt Harper took home the state championship in the Super Heavy Weight (SHW) division gaining the Panthers 7 points. Also senior Chris Conly placed 4th and freshman Ray Cox came in 5th earning Parkway 1 and 2 points respectively. Mickel Smith finished 6th place just 10 lbs out of the points. Also, freshman Landon Smart in his first year with the Panthers powerlifting squad set many personal records.
Congratulations Matt Harper
Matt has been one of the premiere powerlifters, not only in the state and country, but in the world the last two years. He has set numerous records at LHSAA events over the past two years. Matt competed in the 275 Lb weight class as a junior and jumped to the Super Heavy Weight division (275+) as a senior. Matt is currently listed as the #1 SHW in Louisiana and 6th overall in all weight classes in the state according to powerliftinghigh.com. Matts accomplishments include:
-1st place at the Peabody Invitational
-1st place at the Natchitoches Central Chief Invitational -1st place at the ASH Invitational -1st place at the North Regional Championships -2nd place at the Division I state championships -2nd place finish in the World competition
-1st place finish at the Pineville Invitational -1st place finish and Most Outstanding Lifter on the big lifters platform at the North Regional Championships at Alexandria Senior High School
*275 LB weight class:
-North regional record for total weight
-North Region bench press record - 500 LBS breaking the previous record of 450 LBS -North Region Total weight record - 1740 LBS breaking the previous record of 1710 LBS
Parkway Panthers headed to State
The following lifters qualified for the Division I State Powerlifting meet in West Monroe, LA on March 22nd, 2014.
132 LB class: Chris Conly (SR) and Ray Cox (FR)
198 LB class: Mickel Smith (JR) and Landon Smart (FR)
SHW LB class: Matt Harper (SR)