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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. 

Past Champions

Athlete winning award

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  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

*SHW class:

-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  

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Head Coach Justin Hadwin