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Boys Varsity Powerlifting, Girls Varsity Powerlifting · New Season, New Coach, More Gains


It’s a new season for the Lansing powerlifting teams here at LHS and with new head coach Byron Mays, the Lions and Lady Lions are looking to make an impact on the powerlifting scene.

Coach Byron Mays took over the powerlifting team after Coach Craig left at the end of first semester.

“Among others, I was upset when Coach Craig left,” senior Mykala Caraccilo said, “but I don’t doubt for one second, Coach Mays’ ability to lead the team throughout the season.”

The Lions have had three meets on the year thus far, competing at meets at McLouth, Royal Valley and Leavenworth High Schools.

“It seems as if a lot of people are improving this year,” junior Haley Masisak said, “Especially in cleans.”

At the first meet of the year, the Lions and Lady Lions traveled to McLouth High School for the Bulldog Powerlifting Invitational.

The boys team finished in 6th place led by seniors Joe Dill, Tyler Kobulnicky, and Eliott Wilk as well as junior Tre Matt Pledger.

The girls team finished in 2nd place at McLouth, led by senior Mykala Caraccilo, juniors Haley Masisak, Cayleigh Berry, and April Jackson, and sophomore Samantha Masisak.

”We did good for it being the first meet of the year,” senior Dante Hernandez said. “We just gotta keep getting better and better as the year goes on.”

In the second week of the season, the Lions and Lady Lions traveled to Royal Valley High School.

The boys finished in 11th place with points coming from senior Eliott Wilk, and juniors Tre Matt Pledger, and Brett Pine.

The girls on the other hand finished in 3rd, racking up 135 team points on the day, again led by Caraccilo, Berry, Jackson, and Haley Masisak as well as Miranda Karpierz and Emma DaMetz.

“As a group, I feel like a lot of us met our own personal goals that we set for this meet,” Caraccilo said, “even though nether team placed overall.”

It was back to the local area for Lansing’s third meet of the year, traveling across town to rival Leavenworth High School for the Pioneer Powerlifting Invitational.

The boys struggled on the day finishing 7th out of 10 teams scoring only 29 points on the day, led by Dill, Pledger, and Kobulnicky.

The girls on the other hand walked away with a second place plaque, scoring 167 points on the day, led by Berry, Haley and Sammy Masisak, and Caraccilo.

“The season has gone good, especially for the girls.” Masisak said. “We already have two second place finishes and a third place finish.”

Lansing has three meets remaining until the State meet on March 3 at Bonner Springs High School.

Feb 3 @ Basehor-Linwood

Feb. 10 @ Emporia

Feb. 24 @ Pittsburg

Mar. 3 @ State (Bonner Springs)