MONTICELLO, Ind. (June 24, 2014) – The Wabash Valley High School team of Elijah Hamrick and Griffen Fernandes brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces to win the 2014 Indiana State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Shafer. The win earned the team the title of state champions and qualified the team to compete in a High School Fishing conference championship on Lake Erie in September.
The top 10 teams on Lake Shafer were:
1st: Wabash Valley High School – Elijah Hamrick and Griffen Fernandes, five bass, 10-4
2nd: Columbus East High School – Chase Banister and John Weddle, five bass, 8-15
3rd: Wabash Valley High School – Shawn Zellers and Beau Ashcraft, five bass, 8-5
4th: Winemac High School – Greg Zellers and Blake Albertson, five bass, 8-4
5th: Union High School – Austin Tinsman and Evan Patterson, four bass, 7-12
6th: Indiana Student Angler Federation – Garrett Clady and Grant Clady, three bass, 4-6
7th: Charlestown High School – Tyler Olson and Brett Olson, two bass, 4-5
8th: Region Wrestling Academy – Ian Dembowski and Daylan Schurg, two bass, 3-14
9th: McCutcheon High School – Billy Swank and Karson Peacock, one bass, 2-11
10th: Western High School – Dustin Hinkle and Cory Hinkle, one bass, 1-13
The 2014 Indiana State High School Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 3 teams from each of the six 2014 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2015. 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 SAF members nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals, held on Lake Dardanelle in Russelville, Ark., on July 15-19. At the 2013 World Finals more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit HighSchoolFishing.org for details.
ABOUT THE BASS FEDERATION
The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing organization. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 40 years. Visit Bassfederation.com.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.