SHEETS MEMORIAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL WINS BASS PRO SHOPS FLW HIGH SCHOOL FISHING HIGH ROCK LAKE OPEN IN NORTH CAROLINA
LEXINGTON, N.C. (April 9, 2018) – The Sheets Memorial Christian School duo of Brody McCullogh, of Lexington, North Carolina, and Ryan Bame, of Salisbury, North Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 4 ounces to win the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing High Rock Lake Open. The win advanced the team to the 2018 High School Fishing National championship, held June 26-30, on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.
A field of 34 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the Southmont Boat Ramp in Lexington. In FLW/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 High Rock Lake that advanced to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship were:
1st: Sheets Memorial Christian School, Lexington, N.C. – Brody McCullogh, Lexington, N.C., and Ryan Bame, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 23-4
2nd: Holston High School, Damascus, Va.– Mason Steele and Parker Newton, both of Damascus, Va., five bass, 17-9
3rd: South Caldwell High School, Hudson, N.C. – Lane Bailey and Jake Cantrell, both of Granite Falls, N.C., five bass, 16-12
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
4th: North Carolina Student Angler Federation – Isaac Bost and Panner Bost, both of Kannapolis, N.C., five bass, 16-4
5th: St. Josephs Regional High School, Montvale, N.J. – Eric Bocchino and Michael Bocchino, both of Washington Township, N.J., five bass, 16-2
6th: North Carolina Student Angler Federation – Jeffrey Olson, Harrisburg, N.C., and Brayden Mueller, Moorsville, N.C., five bass, 15-7
7th: Carrol County High School, Hillsville, Va. – Justin Carico, Fancy Gap, Va., and Ashton Frost, Galax, Va., five bass, 14-13
8th: Franklin County High School, Rocky Mount, Va. – Peyton Brown and Ryan Shelton, both of Rocky Mount, Va., five bass 14-4
9th: Piedmont High School, Monroe, N.C. – Ian York, Monroe, N.C., and Ethan Whitley, Marshville, N.C., five bass, 14-2
10th: Badin Bandits – Carson Palmer and Luke Miller, both of Richfield, N.C., five bass, 13-9
Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.
The 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing High Rock Lake 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 High School Fishing National Championship. 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 high school bass tournament, the 2018 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2017 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.