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KHSAA Regional High School Fishing Tournaments Advance 80 High School Teams to KHSAA State Championship on Kentucky Lake

by: Drew Aspinwall, FLW Fishing

(Apr 23, 2018 - BENTON, Ky.)

 Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and The Bass Federation (TBF), partnered with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) to present the 2018 KHSAA state bass-fishing regional tournaments on Saturday. A total of 420 teams across Kentucky competed in four different regional tournaments with the goal of advancing to the KHSAA State competition.


The first regional tournament featured 80 bass clubs competing on Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Kentucky.


The top 17 teams in Region 1 that advanced to the KHSAA State Championship from Lake Barkley were:
  1st:       Calloway County High School – Myles Mcmanus and Ethan Tidwell, five bass, 20-11
  2nd:      Hancock County High School – Chase Laslie and Jared Laslie, three bass, 11-9
  3rd:       Franklin-Simpson High School – Luke Bunch and Parker McMillin, four bass, 11-5
  4th:       Henderson County High School – Kelvin Audas and Gabe Turner, three bass, 10-15
  5th:       Marshall County High School – Davis Smith and Garrett Hicks, three bass, 10-11
  6th:       Muhlenberg County High School – Carson Recke and Jackson Kulijof, three bass, 10-8
  7th:       Calloway County High School – Clayton Bobo and Cody Paschall, three bass, 10-5
  8th:       Marshall County High School – Gage Lynch and Sam Mann, three bass, 9-13
  9th:       Calloway County High School – Jacob Hudgin and Dylan Bell, two bass, 9-11
  10th:     Marshall County High School – Tristan Barrett and Evan Bremmerkamp, two bass, 8-13
  11th:     McCracken County High School – Tyler Lillevig and Hunter Valerius, one bass, 8-6
  12th:     Franklin-Simpson High School – Dondrey Woods and Carter Smith, two bass, 8-4
  13th:     Logan County High School – Trever Mcintosh and Thomas Lockhart, two bass, 8-4
  14th:     Calloway County High School – Allen Mullins and Colton Noel, three bass, 8-3
  15th:     Ohio County High School – Brennan Peters and Dalton Wilson, three bass. 7-15
  16th:     Trigg County High School – Andrew Greene and Anthony Ethridge, three bass, 7-14
  17th:     Logan County High School – Matthew Mullins and Briar Webb, three bass, 7-12

The Big Bass Award at Lake Barkley was won by the McCracken County High School duo of Lillevig and Valerius, who brought an 8-pound, 6-ounce largemouth to the scale.


The second regional event held Saturday took place at Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky. This tournament was the largest regional of the weekend, featuring 164 clubs on the water competing.


The top 29 teams in Region 2 that advanced to the KHSAA State Championship from Lake Cumberland were:
  1st:       Madison Southern High School – Blake Harold and Cameron Cochran, five bass, 18-13
  2nd:      Madison Central High School – Ashton Glasscock and Jacob Aldridge, five bass, 14-6
  3rd:       Carroll County High School – Caleb Stephenson and John Glauber, five bass, 13-10
  4th:       Garrard County High School – Will Oberman and Clay Oberman, four bass, 12-11
  5th:       Holy Cross High School (Louisville) – Clayton Hyland and Casey Bronger, four bass, 11-9
  6th:       North Bullitt High School – Samantha Johnson and Cole Johnson, five bass, 11-4
  7th:       Gallatin County High School – Chase Keyes and Samual Ratliff, five bass, 11-2
  8th:       Tates Creek High School – Bryce McPherson and Josh Roberts, five bass, 10-14
  9th:       Bethlehem High School – Nash Davis and Sam Cecconi, five bass, 10-14
  10th:     Nelson County High School – Brett Phelps and Luke Phelps, four bass, 10-12
  11th:     Gallatin County High School – Jordan Covey and Dylan Epperson, four bass, 10-11
  12th:     Garrard County High School – Alex Simpson and Dylan Kidder, five bass, 10-10
  13th:     Madison Southern High School – Ben Ferguson and Preston Wall, five bass, 10-10
  14th:     Scott County High School – Tyler Sammons and Cainaan Halsey, five bass, 10-8
  15th:     North Bullitt High School – Ty Howard and Ricky Hill, five bass, 10-7
  16th:     St. Xavier High School – Jacob Gruneisen and Tyler Rodighiero, five bass, 10-6
  17th:     Madison Southern High School – Peyton Worley and Brendon Devasher, five bass, 10-5
  18th:     Madison Central High School – John Dause and Caleb Baker, five bass, 9-10
  19th:     Spencer County High School – Clayton Rountree and Dillon Stallings, five bass, 9-5
  20th:     Trinity High School (Louisville) – Hayden Bailey and Justin Risk, three bass, 9-4
  21st:     Madison Central High School – Trenton Combs and Ryan Hall, five bass, 9-4
  22nd:    Garrard County High School – Paige Eckler and Timmy Prather, five bass, 8-8
  23rd:     LaRue County High School – Wyatt Pearman and Evan Morris, four bass, 8-7
  24th      Burgin High School – Jace Hammons and Ethan Hopkins, five bass, 8-3
  25th:     Bethlehem High School – Buddy Ulrich and Sam Johnson, five bass, 8-1
  26th:     LaRue County High School – Austin Burgess and Jack Gustafson, five bass, 7-12
  27th:     Anderson County High School – Reed McClain and Reese Reynolds, five bass, 7-11
  28th:     Trinity High School (Louisville) – Dalton McCauley and Michael Livendale, five bass, 7-4
  29th:     Scott County High School – Colton Combs and Austin Taylor, four bass, 7-3

The Big Bass Award for Region 2 at Lake Cumberland was also won by the team from Madison Southern, Blake Harold and Madison Cochran, with a 5-pound, 3-ounce largemouth.


The third Regional event showcased 88 teams competing on Green River Lake in Morehead, Kentucky.


The top 17 teams in Region 3 that advanced to the KHSAA State Championship from Green River Lake were:
  1st:       South Laurel High School – Ethan Baker and Brian Longworth, five bass, 19-4
  2nd:      South Laurel High School – Shawn Coots and Landon White, 18-5
  3rd:       Casey County High School – Jordan Baldock and Seth Owens, five bass, 17-1
  4th:       Corbin High School – Nicholas Yeager and Cole Hicks, five bass, 16-8
  5th:       South Laurel High School – Eli Singleton and Zach Wilson, five bass, 14-14
  6th:       Marion County High School – Jacob Goodin and Austin P. Smith, five bass, 14-13
  7th:       Casey County High School – Jayden Soule and Wade Durham, five bass, 14-1
  8th:       South Laurel High School – Hunter Jones and Jackson Douglas, five bass, 13-14
  9th:       Lincoln County High School – Benton McKnight and Zach Spears, five bass, 13-8
  10th:     Knox Central High School – Izaiah Gray and Brady Hamilton, five bass, 12-14
  11th:     Rockcastle County High School – Cole Ballinger and Sean Cash, five bass, 12-3
  12th:     Boyle County High School – Jace Clements and Drake Thompson, four bass, 11-9
  13th:     Rockcastle County High School – Cameron Cornelious and Jordan Nicely, five bass, 11-5
  14th:     Southwestern High School – Keaton Smith and Jaydon Coggins, four bass, 10-13
  15th:     Lincoln County High School – Aaron Cook and Zane Rousey, three bass, 10-2
  16th:     Boyle County High School – Hannah Wesley and Sam Clark, five bass, 9-13
  17th:     Lincoln County High School – Mason Moore and Hunter Cornelius, five bass, 9-6

The Big Bass Award for Region 3 at Green River Lake was won by the Taylor County High School team of Peyton Cox and Shawn Mills, who weighed an 8-pound, 4-ounce largemouth to win the award.


The fourth regional event on Saturday was held on Herrington Lake in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and featured a field of 88 high school teams competing.


The top 17 teams in Region 4 that advanced to the KHSAA State Championship from Herrington Lake were:
  1st:       Johnson Central High School – Seth Jackson and Joseph Burchett, five bass, 15-0
  2nd:      Bourbon County High School – Conner Johnson and Cameron Brady, five bass, 14-11
  3rd:       Johnson Central High School – Kenneth Powers and Reece Collins, five bass, 13-1
  4th:       Wolfe County High School – Nathan Landsaw and Hunter Dickey, five bass, 12-11
  5th:       Sheldon Clark High School – Blake Butcher and Kendrick Cook, five bass, 12-9
  6th:       George Rogers Clark High School – Alex Dunaway and Noah Lake, five bass, 11-10
  7th:       Montgomery County High School – Harrison Gay and Alex Nesmith, four bass, 10-4
  8th:       Sheldon Clark High School – Cameron Dials and Keaton Meade, five bass, 10-3
  9th:       Bath County High School – Dylan Ferrell and Gabe Crabtree, four bass, 9-14
  10th:     Perry County Central High School – Derek Brewer and Brayden Howard, five bass, 9-11
  11th:     Floyd Central High School – Zachary Rose and Cameron Crider, three bass, 9-1
  12th:     Montgomery Central High School – Kyle Workman and Jacob Highley, five bass, 9-1
  13th:     George Rogers Clark High School – Allen Powe and Robert Powe, five bass, 9-0
  14th:     Johnson Central High School – Jacob Springgs and Dawson Burton, five bass, 8-11
  15th:     Sheldon Clark High School – Andrew Haney and Jon Fitch, five bass, 8-9
  16th:     Sheldon Clark High School – Nicholas Maynard and Jordan McGinnis, five bass, 8-7
  17th:     Estill County High School – Chris Wise and Lucas Puckett, four bass, 8-4

The Johnson Central High School duo of Jackson and Burchett and the Wolfe County High School duo of Landsaw and Dickey each brought a bass weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce to the scale to tie for the Region 4 Big Bass Award.
The 420 High school teams were competing Saturday with the goal of advancing

to the KHSAA State competition. A total of 80 teams advanced to the 2018 state championship competition. The 2018 KHSAA State competition is scheduled for May 11-12 on Kentucky Lake at Kentucky Dam Marina, located at 466 Marina Drive in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. The full KHSAA bass fishing rules can be found here. For complete details and updated information visit KHSAA.org.


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About The Kentucky High School Athletic Association
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 279 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 44 state championships in 13 sports and 5 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.