Coming into her senior year, Alice High School multi-sports standout Gabriella Canales made a tough decision.

The Lady Coyotes starting shortstop since her freshman year, Canales was thinking about stepping from softball to focus on powerlifting, a sport she had only picked up as a junior.

After some debating, she made the move, and she probably will never regret it. Canales went on to win the 165-pound weight class state championship at the Texas High School Woman’s Powerlifting Association’s Class 5A state meet in Waco in March.

Canales totally outclassed everyone in her weight class. Her 410-pound squat was as much as 30 pounds heavier than the top lifters in the weight class. She was also the only lifter in the weight class to bench press 200 pounds. Her lift distanced her by at least 20 pounds away from any real challenger. She finished with a 380-pound deadlift which was also topped the weight class.

Canales picked up one more honor at the Lady Coyote powerlifting banquet Sunday. Canales earned the Alice Lady Coyote powerlifting program’s Most Outstanding Award.

Canales was one of several girls to win an individual accolade.

Leanne Rodriguez and Alexis Estringel won the team’s Most Improved Award.

Jacqueline Guerra and Julie Sepulveda earned the Fighting Heart Award.

Together, the girls helped Alice finish third at state in the Class 5A team standings.