There are a lot of powerlifting meets in South Texas this time of year, but Alice’s is quickly becoming the contest everyone wants to lift in.

That’s because the meet again has a big draw of teams and a high-level of talent. 

“I think it’s because Alice High School is centrally located,” Alice powerlifting coach Joseph Alvarado said. “Alice is in the perfect spot that it’s not a long road trip for a lot of schools.”

As a result, the Alice Coyote Powerlifting Classic at Alice High School Saturday includes a total of 18 teams and between 250 and 275 lifters. That’s a big group of lifters, and it should make for a very competitive field, he said.

“We’re very fortunate, because we’re going to have a good mix of competition in each of the weight classes,” Alvarado said. “We’re looking forward to the meet. It should be a good showcase for the kids. I’m expecting a lot of personal bests from our kids.”

The Alice powerlifting teams are fresh off a solid showing at the Brush Country Classic in San Diego where Alice High School senior and defending state champion Allison Macias was named the top lifter at the San Diego Brush Country Classic powerlifting meet Saturday. Macias won the girls 165-pound weight class. She finished 80 pounds ahead of the second-place finisher in her weight class. For her efforts, Macias won the Best Lifter Award in San Diego. It was the second-straight week in which she won the award. She won it a week earlier at the Zapata meet. 

 Brandon Perez was the only other Alice lifter to win his weight class in the San Diego meet. Perez won the 148-pound weight class with a 1,215-pound total. He had a 485-pound squat, a 245-pound bench press and a deadlift of 485 pounds.

For the Alice girls, Lourdes Gonzalez was second in the 165-pound weight class and Edy Garza was second in the 181-pound weight class.

Alex Gonzalez and Gilbert Bernal placed for the Alice boys. Gonzalez was third in the 148-pound weight class and Bernal was fourth in the 198-pound weight class.

Alvarado credits Alice’s strong early showing to a productive two months leading up to the season’s start. 

“I’m very please with our work ethic,” he said. “We started on Nov. 30th and worked through the holidays. The kids have worked hard and our workouts have increased in rigor, which is something you have to do. The kind of results we’re getting is very indicative of the kind of workouts we’ve put in.”