BEDFORD, Va. – The Palisades High School duo of Brandon Lawson of Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, and Parker Lambert of Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 15 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Smith Mountain Lake Open.
A field of 22 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the Parkway Marina in Huddleston. The tournament was hosted by Bedford Tourism and the Bedford Area Welcome Center. In FLW and The Bass Federation (TBF) High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.
The top two teams on Smith Mountain Lake that advanced to the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship were:
1st: Palisades High School, Kintnersville, Penn. – Brandon Lawson, Kintnersville, Pa., and Parker Lambert, Riegelsville, Pa., five bass, 12-15
2nd: Mendon High School, Pittsford, N.Y. – Rein Golub, Pittsford, N.Y., and Matthew Pitcher, Rochester, N.Y., five bass, 12-0
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
3rd: Madison County High School, Madison, Va. – Brian Canterbury and Spencer Humphrey, both of Madison, Va., five bass, 11-9
4th: Southwest Virginia Junior Anglers – Tyler Altizer and Will Austin, both of Abingdon, Va., four bass, 9-11
5th: Hickory Grove Christian School, Charlotte, N.C. – Trent Lawson, Westfield, N.C., and Aaron Shumaker, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 9-10
6th: Frederick County High School, Frederick County, Md. – Kooper Anderson, Clear Brook, Va., and Hayden Hedrick, Stephens City, Va., four bass, 8-7
7th: Heritage High School, Lynchburg, Va. – Cohen Naulty and Mason Dudley, both of Lynchburg, Va., four bass, 7-13
8th: Christian Life Academy, Woodland Heights, Penn. – Jacob Black, Oil City, Pa., and Caleb Glancy, Utica, Pa., three bass, 7-5
9th: Anthony Wayne High School, Whitehouse, Ohio – Elliot Wielgopolski, Waterville, Ohio, and Caleb Dachenhaus, Whitehouse, Ohio, three bass, 5-2
10th: Long Creek Anglers – Macey Miller and Luke Miller, both of Richfield, N.C., two bass, 5-2
Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.
The 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Smith Mountain Lake Open was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship on a body of water that has yet to be revealed. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2019 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2018 World Finals more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About The Bass Federation
The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. TBF is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. The Federation is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization there is. TBF, our affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 events each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 45 years. TBF founded the Student Angler Federation and the National High School Fishing program in 2008 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and “LIKE US” on Facebook.
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