Powerlifting girl

Sabine High School’s Erika Lowry (above, center, between parents Heather and Jon) is headed to the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting meet for a third straight year next weekend in Waco. Teammates B.J. Stidham and Kile Stripland are also going, and the boys meet is in Abilene on March 28.

Three years consecutively to make a state competition in any sport is an unbelievable achievement, and Sabine High School’s Erika Lowry and B.J. Stidham have done it – and Stidham is looking for a third straight state crown.

Erika has qualified for a third straight year for the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association’s state powerlifting meet. The meet is at Waco’s Extraco Events Center next Friday, March 20.

Stidham, winner in his weight division the last two years, is seeking a third title – last year, he set a record for his weight (the 123-pound class) with 1,210 total pounds. Kile Stripland will also be headed to the state meet.

That’s in Abilene, at the Taylor County Expo Center, on Saturday, March 28.

This year at regionals in Malakoff, Stidham again competed in the 123-pound class, and finished with 1,165 pounds: 425 in the squat, 260 in the bench and 480 in the deadlift. Stripland, competing in the 132-pound class, finished with 975, total: 340 in the squat, 255 in the bench and 380 deadlift.

Lowry, the daughter of Jon and Heather Lowry, is headed to the state event as a regional champion for the second straight year, as well, and is ranked third in the state in the 198-pound class in division three.

At regionals, Lowry had 975 pounds, total: 405 pounds on squat, 230 pounds on bench, and 340 in deadlift.

Sabine powerlifting is coached by Jerry Griffith.

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