SANDUSKY, Ohio – The George Rogers Clark High School duo of Allen Powe and Alex Dunaway, both of Winchester, Kentucky, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Erie Open presented by Costa Sunglasses.
A field of 30 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Shelby Street Public Boat Launch in Sandusky, Ohio. The tournament was hosted by the City of Sandusky. 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 three teams on Lake Erie that advanced to the 2020 High School Fishing National Championship were:
1st: George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester, Ky. – Allen Powe and Alex Dunaway, both of Winchester, Ky., five bass, 15-7
2nd: Anthony Wayne High School, Whitehouse, Ohio – Elliot Wielgopolski, Waterville, Ohio, and Josh Dachenhaus, Whitehouse, Ohio, five bass, 14-9
3rd: A1 Angler Bass Club – Bobby Belair, New Boston, Mich., and William Junge, South Rockwood, Mich., five bass, 13-11
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
4th: Black Swamp Bass Club – Daniel Freebern, Oak Harbor, Mich., and Kyle Johnson, Helena, Ohio, five bass, 13-7
5th: A1 Angler Bass Club – Derek Rodriguez, Okemos, Mich., and Cougar Fagan, Albion, Mich., five bass, 13-7
6th: Hartley’s Hawgs Bass Club– Brandon McNamara and Nathan Fiant, both of Delaware, Ohio, five bass, 11-14
7th: Michigan Student Anglers – Jenson Kay, Milford, Mich., and Remington Barkley, Hartford, Mich., five bass, 11-9
8th: Roanoke-Benson High School, Roanoke, Ill. – Brock Sauder, Carlock, Ill., and Brayden Blunier, Roanoke, Ill., four bass, 11-6
9th: A1 Angler – Luke Prainito, Lake Orion, Mich., and Alex Smith, Howell, Mich., five bass, 10-12
10th: Aurora Central Catholic High School, Aurora, Ill. – David Bartlett, Aurora, Ill., and John Murray, Courtland, Ill., four bass, 10-12
Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.
The 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Erie Open presented by Costa Sunglasses 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 2020 High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. 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 2020 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2019 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, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. 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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