Stephenville High School junior Issic De La Cruz placed seventh in the 198-pound weight class in the Region 2, Division 2, Class 4A boys powerlifting meet Saturday at Smithville High School.

De La Cruz lifted a total of 1,205 pounds, SHS powerlifting coach Eric Rivas said.

“Very proud of Issic,” Rivas said of the Yellow Jackets’ lone boys regional qualifier. “He had to battle back today to make up some weight and competed like crazy.

“We came up a little short on medaling but couldn’t be more proud of another kid.”

Rivas added that he expects great things from De La Cruz when he returns in 2019 for his senior year of competition.