Gulf County high schools will host Boys Weightlifting State Championships

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(WMBB) – Two Gulf County high schools will host the FHSAA Boys Weightlifting State Championships in April.

Wewahitchka High School, in conjunction with Port St. Joe High School will host Classifications 1A & 2A at Port St. Joe High School.

Class 1A will compete on Friday, April  23rd and Class 2A will compete on Saturday, April 24th.

Both schools are very excited to host the big event there.

“I’m looking forward to it because any state meet I’ve been to tack meets, weightlifting meets, basketball, football, the pageantry that goes with it, the colors, the sounds, the excitement, I think it’s gonna be big for Gulf County and I hope that we get to host these type of events many times in the future,” Wewahitchka principal Jay Bidwell said.

School administrators said it’s also going to be great for the community.

“We’ve put a lot of money and a lot of effort into a weightlifting program into a program itself that can compete for championships, and now we get a chance to kind of showcase our community, the Port St. Joe community, the forgotten coast so to speak. It’s a long travel for a lot of people, but we hope that folks will come out here, see wait Port St. Joe, Gulf County and Wewahitchka is like and maybe want to come back at some point,” Wewahitchka athletic director Bobby Johns said.

Arnold High School hosted the championships in 2019 and 2018. It was the first time that Bay County has hosted a state championship in decades.

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