Bickham Lifts to the Top
Covington senior powerlifter Joshua Bickham fresh off his Class 5A state title competing at 220-pounds at the Division I meet in Alexandria is recognized in the New Orleans Advocate’s In The Spotlight for his accomplishment. Bickham lifted an incredible total of 1,805-pounds, the second-highest in LHSAA history, regardless of weight class. It was Bickham’s third consecutive state title after winning the two previous in the 198-pound category. Bickham squatted 635-pounds, bench pressed 455-pounds and deadlifted 715-pounds. Bickham also established a new state record of 470-pounds in the bench press handling the weight on his fourth and final attempt to set the record.
Covington coach John Burford said, “Ever since he started, he has never lost a meet. He’s just incredibly strong. He’s the strongest person I have seen and he has a tremendous work ethic,” Burford said.
It was a sweep for St. Tammany Parish this week as Northshore Lady Panthers’ sophomore Alli Duhon was recognized as the girls’ athlete. Duhon won the 132-pound weight class at the Division I powerlifting meet in Alexandria. Duhon squatted 250-pounds, bench pressed 125-pounds and deadlifted 340-pounds for a 715-pound total. It was Duhon’s first state title after finishing fifth last year competing as a freshman.
Congratulations to Covington’s Joshua Bickham and Northshore’s Alli Duhon on being selected by the New Orleans Advocate In The Spotlight.