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Let's hear it for the girls

Members of the River Falls High School state champion girls' powerlifting team pose with their first place trophy after winning the state title March 12 in Eau Claire. They include, from left, Leah Morrow, Natasha Dusek, Courtney Johnson, Hannah Morrow, Megan Butler, Tia Harris, Sarah James and Anna Brettingen. Missing from photo is Kelsey Nasset. Submitted photo

The River Falls High School girls' powerlifting club team took home the Division 1 Wisconsin state championship trophy at the completion of the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Championships March 11-12 at Eau Claire North High School, ending a 9-year run for the girls' of Neenah.

The boys came up just a few points short in their quest to repeat as champions after taking home the title in 2010.

Competing for just the second year as a team, the girls placed enough lifters to hold off second place Eau Claire North and Manitowoc Lincoln with just two points separating the top three teams.

Senior Tia Harris had the highest individual placing for the River Falls girls, finishing third in the 123-pound class, while senior Megan Butler took fourth in the 165-pound class.

Junior Hannah Morrow was fifth at 148-pounds and sophomore Anna Brettingen finished eighth in the 198-pound class while sophomore Natasha Dusek was eighth in the 198-pound class and freshman Lea Morrow was eighth in the 123-pound class.

Also placing were junior Courtney Johnson, who took 10th in the 148-pound class, junior Sarah James, who finished 12th in the 148-pound class and senior Kelsey Nasset, who took 19th in the 148-pound class.

The River Falls boys, who captured the title in 2010 after just their second year of competition, were in a battle until the end before Neenah reclaimed the Division 1 title.

Senior Brent Montpetit finished second in the 123-pound class and senior Talal Adam was third in the 242-pound class while senior Trevor Rystrom placed fifth in the 181-pound class.

Senior Jacob Anderson finished sixth in the 198-pound class and senior Evan Huppert was seventh in the 181-pound class while senior Nate Soley placed seventh in the 148-pound class and senior Quentin Zeroth finished seventh at 220-pounds.

Junior Ellis Johnson added an eighth place finish at 242-pounds and sophomore J.P. Eaton placed 10th at 275-pounds, while sophomore Jordan Kaiser was 16th at 165-pounds, senior Kevin Thum finished 17th at 165-pounds and junior Aaron Anderson was 28th at 148-pounds.

The state competition held in Eau Claire was the 43rd for the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association and included over 400 lifters representing more than 60 high schools from across the state. Ten lifters from the River Falls team have qualified for and will compete in the High School Nationals to be held this weekend in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Wildcat powerlifting team is coached by Stephen Trudeau and Randy Brettingen.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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