SHEPHERDSVILLE – Prestonsburg High School is home to one of the state’s strongest football teams. The Prestonsburg High School football program was well-represented in the state powerlifting meet at North Bullitt High School over the weekend. Four different Blackcats captured state championships and one of the Prestonsburg football players earned the meet’s best overall lifter award on Saturday.
Ryne Slone claimed a state championship and was honored as the best overall lifter at the meet.
Harley Quillen claimed a state championship and set a new dead lift record.
In addition to Slone and Quillen, Blake Tarver and Samson Allen captured state championships.
As a team, the Prestonsburg varsity unit finished third behind St. Xavier and state meet host North Bullitt. The P’burg junior varsity finished as the state runner-up behind Harrison County.
Individually, state runners-up for Prestonsburg were Ethan Varney, Dalton Bowe, Payton Conn and Zack Link.
Daniel Woods, Zeke Briggs and Braxton Lewis each placed third for the Blackcats.
Fourth-place finishers for Prestonsburg were Jesse Brown, Blake Slone, Drake Nunnery and Cody Raines.
Both Jason Ratliff and Sam Kelly finished fifth for the Blackcats.
Longtime Prestonsburg head coach John DeRossett has said the current Blackcat football team has enjoyed the best offseason in his program’s history. Prestonsburg will kick off the 2017 season in August.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.