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Salida High School Wins Colorado State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Pueblo

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

Morgan Fitzgerald and Kaden Sites brought 5 bass to the scale Sunday weighing 10 lbs, 12 oz, to win the 2015 Colorado State High School Fishing Championship
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Jun 2, 2015 - PUEBLO, CO) The Salida High School team of Morgan Fitzgerald and Kaden Sites brought five bass to the scale Sunday weighing 10 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the 2015 Colorado State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Pueblo. The win earned the team the title of state champions and qualified the team to compete in the High School Fishing Western Conference Championship on Clear Lake in September.
The top team on Lake Pueblo that advanced to the Western Conference Championship was:
1st:          Salida High School – Morgan Fitzgerald and Kaden Sites, five bass, 10-12
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
2nd:         Front Range Christian School – Parker Strain and Ryan Bass, five bass, 9-4
3rd:          Pueblo West High School – Cooper Brown and Connor Henderson, five bass, 8-10
4th:          Pueblo West High School – Daniel Claspell and Daniel Usry, four bass, 7-6
5th:          Ellicott Senior High School – Michael Warner and Graydon Brewer, four bass, 6-11
6th:          Fountain Valley Junior Bass Club – Forrest Beckman and Dawson Strelow, three bass, 5-4
7th:          Olathe High School – Dexter Flick and Calvin Corey, two bass, 3-11
8th:          Pueblo West High School – David Salay and Paul Ahrens, two bass, 3-10
9th:          Pueblo West High School – Dustin Metcalfe and Jarrett Schirmer, two bass, 3-10
10th:        Mesa Ridge High School – Josh Cundiff and Noah Lynn, one bass, 1-15
The 2015 Colorado State High School Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top three teams from each of the seven TBF/FLW High School Fishing Opens held this season. 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 2016. 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 2015 High School Fishing World Finals, held on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama, on July 8-11. At the 2014 World Finals more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit for details.
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