The Union powerlifting team holds up the Class 2A state championship banner Saturday after winning state for the third straight year at the state meet in Jackson.
The Union powerlifting team holds up the Class 2A state championship banner Saturday after winning state for the third straight year at the state meet in Jackson.
Three time, three time, three time State Champs!

The Union High School weight lifting team was crowned as Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A State Powerlifting champions for the third straight year Saturday during the state meet which was held at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

The Yellowjackets dominated the meet with 51 points. East Union came in second with 38 points and Scott Central placed third with 21 points. Enterprise came in fourth with 16 points and Puckett was fifth with 15 points.

“This is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication,” Coach Darryl Jones said. “We started lifting the week after football season. No one missed a practice. I am really proud of these guys and what they have accomplished.”

Lifters competed in three divisions: the squat, bench press and the deadlift. A competitor’s score is the total pounds lifted.

Union finished with four first places and four second places.

Sophomore Jacob Moore set two state records in the 275-pound division with a squat of 675 pounds and a deadlift on 615 pounds. He bench pressed 315 points, giving him a total of 1,605 pounds lifted.

Teammate Michael Rush came in second in the 275 pound division. He squatted 625 pounds, bench pressed 315 pounds, and deadlifted 565 pounds.

Eighth grader Bankston Rush won the 114 pound division. Rush squatted 315 pounds, benched 155 pounds and deadlifted 330 pounds.



Senior Cody Rogers won the 148 pound division. This was the second year Rogers won his division. Rogers lifted 480 pounds in the squat, 235 in the bench press and 535 in the bench press, giving him a total of 1,250 pounds.

Sophomore Raylon Nettles won the 220 pound division with a total of 1,475 pounds lifted. He squatted 610 pounds, benched 265 pounds and deadlifted 600 pound

Sophomore Alex Sharp placed second in the 308 pound division with a total of 1,365. Sharp squatted 570 pounds, benched 295 pounds and deadlifted 500 pounds.

Junior Trent McDonald placed second in the 242 pound division with a total of 1,385 pounds lifted. McDonald finished with 575 pounds in the squat lift, 270 pounds in the bench press and 525 pounds in the deadlift.

Malcolm Clay placed second in the 148 pound division with 1,200 pounds lifted. Clay squatted 485 pounds, benched 260 pounds and deadlifted 455 pounds.

Gavin Heath placed fourth overall in the 132 pound division while Zach Collins came in fifth.