QUITMAN -- Ware County won the Area 8 weightlifting competition held Saturday at Brooks County High School.

Ware recorded 58 points, four points more than second-place Brooks County. Brooks, a AA school, was the only school from a smaller classification to finish in the top six.

Coffee was third with 40 points, followed by Lee County with 35 points. Valdosta was fifth with 30 points, followed by Colquitt County with 27, Cook with 22 and Worth County with 18. Pierce County was ninth (11 points) and Lanier County was 10th with eight points.

Over 600 weightlifters competed Saturday. In 140-under pound class, Brooks County's Pierre Mitchell placed first, Coffee's Cam Coffee second and Lanier's David Ritchie third. In the 141-150 pound class, Valdosta had the top two finishers, Cory Council and Demetrius James, followed by Lee's Matt Rash.

In the 151-160 pound class, Brooks' Andre Barber was first, followed by Tony Carnegia of Cook and Brandon Burham of Coffee. In the 161-170 pound class, Lee's Rian Faircloth was first, Valdosta's Hubert Davis second and Carlos Tucker of Ware third. In the 171-180 pound class, Henry Chubb of Ware placed first, followed by Kevis Hodges of Coffee and Brian McCall of Cook.

In the 181-190 pound class, Jeffrey Mosley of Lee was first, Coffee's Montarius Simmons was second and Devane Smith of Ware third. In the 191-205 pound class, Colquitt's Kelvin Watts was first, Ware's Blake Taylor was second and Colquitt's Curtis Jackson was third. In the 206-225 pound class, Ware's Maurice Goethe was first, Brooks' Alex Wright was second and Cook's Cedric Mason third.

In the 226-245 pound class, Worth's Ricky Hope placed first, Ricardo Davis of Brooks placed second and Chris Bryant of Lee was third. In the 246-plus pound class, Coffee's Adrian Grady was first, followed by Brooks' Pierre Turner and Colquitt's C.A. Sanders.

The top two placers in each weight class qualified for the state weightlifting competition, which will be held March 13 in Hawkinsville.

This was the first year Brooks County hosted the event. For years, it was held at Valdosta. When a new site was needed this year, Brooks coach Tony Long was the first coach called, and his school willingly served as the host.

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