2016 3A-State-Power-lifting Champions

2017 News

Escambia Academy’s 35-member weightlifting team captured seven individual state championships, including three lifters who broke state records, while seven others were either runners-up or took third place in the AISA Region 3 Weightlifting Championships, held at Pickens Academy this week.
Trae Lee (heavyweight), Kris Brown (middleweight) and Chase Bell (lightweight) each were named outstanding lifter overall in his classification. Lee and Brown each hoisted 600 pounds to set new state deadlift records for their weight groups, while Bell’s 300-pound bench press set a new state benchmark in his class.
“I thought that was amazing, those 600-pound deadweights,” Coach Hugh Fountain said.
In the squat, bench and deadlift combined, Lee lifted 1,480 pounds. Brown lifted 1,385 and Bell hefted 670 as the defending champion Cougars squad finished second.

“It was a good meet,” said Fountain. “We had 10 first-place finishes in 2014, and just seven this year, but I’m proud of the effort we had.”

The team’s chances at another state title were hampered by the AISA’s scoring system, which combined the total weight of each school’s male and female competitors.

“I wish they’d change that,” said Fountain, whose team had only one female competitor. (The lone EA girl, Cassidy Murphy was state runner-up among female lifters.) “Our boys performed well, and our one girl did well, but she was the only girl we had, and that made the difference.”

Escambia Academy’s four other state title-winners and their respective weight classes were: Heath Scheldt (132 pounds); JoJo Carpenter (205); Cameron Armentor (232), and Jamie Welker (242).

The Cougars had three boys who were state runners-up: Brandon Gulsby (114); Treyce Sells (123), and Thomas Knight (232). Three others – Patrick McGhee (198), Pate Robinson (205) and Tyler Newton (275) – earned third-place trophies.

News photo by Ditto Gorme

Photos from 2017 Weightlifting meet

2016 News

Escambia Academy won the AISA Class 3A State Powerlifting Championship Thursday at Pickens Academy.

In addition to winning the state title, the Cougars broke numerous state records.

EA’s Kris Brown broke the state dead lift record with 555 pounds; and the bench record with a lift of 520 pounds.

Chase Bell tied a state record by lifting 255 pounds in the dead lift.

Trae Lee also broke the previous dead lift record of 550 pounds by lifting 555 pounds. He also broke the squat record of 540 pounds by lifting 545.

Each lifter competed in individual weight classes. The full results are below:

• 81 weight class

Josh Spruill, second place

Parker Robinson third place

• 98 weight class

Chase Bell, first place

• 123 weight class

Brandon Gulsby, first place

• 140 weight class

Fred Flavors, second place

• 158 weight class

Kainoa Gumapac, first place

• 165 weight class

Patrick McGhee, fourth place

Bradley Campbell, third place

• 175 weight class

Kris Brown, first place

• 232 weight class

Geo Little, fourth place

• 242 weight class

Cameron Armentor, fourth place

Trae Lee, first place

• 258 weight class

H.T. Fountain, second place


Best Bench, Kris Brown

Best Dead Lift, Kris Brown

Best Male Lifter, Trae Lee

Photo from 2016 Weightlifting season

2015 News

Weight lifting coach Hugh Fountain has once again brought home a championship as Escambia Academy (EA) boys’ team lifted their way to their second consecutive 3-A AISA state weight lifting championship.

A group of more than 50 lifters and coaches traveled to Pickens Academy in Carrollton, Alabama, February 19, to participate in the event, fielding both a boys and girls team. Fountain said that this was the first year for the girls competition, which has only three weight classes as opposed to the boys 18 classes.

“It is much harder to place as a female lifter,” Fountain said. The EA team had seven lifters who won state titles in their divisions – Chase Bell at 81 lbs., Jackson Bonner at 98 lbs., John Sawyer at 140 lbs., Kris Brown at 158 lbs., Gordon Brooks at 175 lbs., Nolan White at 258 lbs., and James Fuqua in the super heavyweight division.

Three of the competitors also set state records. John Patrick Sawyer set his division’s squat record at 380 lbs. Kris Brown set his division’s record for dead lift at 460 lbs. James Fuqua set the super heavyweight divisions dead lift record at 575 lbs.

“Our kids have come to understand that weight lifting is important in every sport,” Fountain explained when asked about the size of his team. “Every kid who plays high school sports hopes to go to college and play athletics there. We help them understand the way to achieve that is in the weight room. From the lightest to the heaviest, every athlete can improve if they work hard enough at it.”

Shown at top are the members of the EA team from left, row one, H.T. Fountain, Kainoa Gumapac, Mason Caraway, Garrett Kirk, Xan McGhee, James Fuqua, John Patrick Sawyer, Kris Brown, Gordon Brooks, Trae Lee, Anna Catherine Sasser; row two, Cade White, Chris Brown, Yancey Odom, Trey McGhee, Tim Finklea, Megan Flowers, Makayla Spruill; row three, Gary Patrick Campbell, D.D. Brooks, Bradley Campbell, Keaton Parker, Josh Fields, Jamey Vaughn, Nate Smith, Scott Brantley, Megan Bell, Kiah Gumapac; row four, Brett Gorum, Tyler Sutton, Paolo Gorme, Drew Koons, Baylen Parker, Fred Flavors, Kevin Gumapac, Jackson Bonner; row five, Thomas Boothe, Justin Byrd, Nolan White, Chase Bell, Tenethia Wheeler, Cassidy Murphy, Morgann McDonald and Pia Gorme. – See more at: http://www.atmorenews.com/2014/02/26/ea-lifts-another-championship/#sthash.sC2NJfYy.dpuf

Photos from 2014 Weightlifting season