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Lawrence County High School wins Kentucky High School Athletic Association Championship on Kentucky Lake

by: Mark Gintert, TBF Youth Director,

Lawrence County team of Eric Price and Noah West bested 63 teams to win the 2016 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Fishing Championship.
Photo by Mark Gintert, TBF Youth Director
(May 18, 2016 - GILBERTSVILLE, Ky.)

The Lawrence County team of Eric Price and Noah West brought a two-day cumulative total of 10 bass weighing 34 pounds, 4 ounces to the scale last weekend, beating out 63 other teams to win the 2016 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. The win earned the team medals, a trophy to display in their school and the title of KHSAA state champions.

The top 10 high school teams on Kentucky Lake were:
  1st:        Lawrence County High School – Noah West and Eric Price, 10 bass, 34-4
  2nd:      McCracken County High School – Daniel Schroeder and Ashton Goff, 10 bass, 30-2
  3rd:       Wayne County High School – Bailey Hardwick and Logan Rigney, 10 bass, 27-9
  4th:       Pulaski County High School – Colby Hays and Austin Bray, 10 bass, 27-4
  5th:       Muhlenberg County High School – James Hampton and Cole Noffsinger, 10 bass, 27-2
  6th:       Washington County High School – Nathaniel Messer and Mason Hamilton, 10 bass, 26-14
  7th:       South Laurel High School – Kyler Petrey and Logan Martin, 10 bass, 26-12
  8th:       Trigg County High School – Douglas Colson and Drake Oliver, 10 bass, 26-8
  9th:       Montgomery County High School – Tristan Powell and Dalton Crowe, 10 bass, 26-6
  10th:     Johnson Central High School – Blake Martin and Kenneth Powers, 10 bass, 26-1

The 2015 KHSAA Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. The event was formed after The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, partnered with the KHSAA to present the 2015 KHSAA season, which featured four regional events across Kentucky as well as the state championship.

In addition to the KHSAA State 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.

About FLW
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 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros.

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 2007 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing.

About The KHSAA
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 277 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 43 state championships in 13 sports and 4 sport-activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.