The team of Dalton Anderson and Dawson Lenz, both of Peachtree City, Ga., McIntosh High School, dominated the field Sunday with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 12 ounces to take the top honors at the inaugural The Bass Federation (TBF) High School Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray. For their efforts, the team won a $10,000 scholarship ($5,000 to each team member).
Rounding out the top five teams are:
2nd: Jacob Wall, Jacksonville, Ore., St. Mary’s High School, and Colby Pearson, Central Point, Ore., Crater High School (five bass, 8-9)
3rd: Kyler Chelminiak, Franklin, Wis., Whitnall High School, and Nicholas Peterson, Hazelhurst, Wis., Lakeland High School (three bass, 8-5)
4th: Junior Roberts, Danville, Va., George Washington High, and Tanner Blanks, South Boston, Va., Halifax County High School (two bass, 2-13)
5th: Drew Bailey, North Platte, Neb., North Platte High School, and Adam Diehl, Brady, Neb., Brady Public School (two bass, 2-6)
Each FLW/TBF Federation High School Fishing team competes in their state championship event in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top team from each state championship qualifies for one of five conference championships. The winning team from each conference championship advances to the national championship, held in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.
High School Fishing is free to enter and FLW Outdoors provides boats and drivers for each competing team along with travel allowances. High School Fishing Tournaments are open to all ninth, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, including home-schooled students, that are members of the Student Angler Federation.
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