Fuller and Conrad Lead Waverly Central High School To The Tennessee State Championship
Credit: Student Angler Federation
With the largest State Championship field of the 2014 SAF season the pair of incoming seniors led the 124 boat field from start to finish capturing the title and a spot in the TBF/FLW Southeastern Conference Regional Championship in September. The pair also claimed a $10,000 College Scholarship to Bryan College provided by new head coach Michael Keen who is building what will surely be a top notched program in the college fishing arena. "We caught a lot of fish today on a variety of baits but the bigger fish came on a 5XD and 6 XD’s that we fished in 7 to 12 feet of water" stated Conrad. "We just stuck with it throughout the day and when we caught that big one I felt we were in pretty good shape" added Fuller who brought in the second biggest fish of a tournament, a 6lb 15 oz toad that carried the team to the championship. "I think a few people heard him when he caught that one" stated the smiling Conrad who poked a little fun at his teammate. Elijah Cartwright and Jacob Thomas were right behind the winning pair with a 23lb 6 oz sack that allowed them to sneak by their Soddy Daisy Teammates Alyssa Coleman and Erica Smith who had a 23lb 2oz limit of Chickamauga Bass to their credit and a third place finish.
The top 10% of the field advance in each of the SAF competitions, so the state of Tennessee will be well represented with a 12 team contingent advancing on to the fall competition and a shot at the TBF/FLW High School National Championship. Also coming up big in the competition were the Lew’s Big Bass winners, Shane Broadwell and Bryce Travis who brought an 8lb 4oz beast to the Dayton Boat Dock weigh-in area to win the Lew’s Reel package. (Pictured Below)
The remainder of the 12 team qualifying field is as follows: 4th Place Saxton Long and Triston Crowder – Wildcat Angler Team
5th Place Shane Broadwell and Bryce Travis- Rhea County HS
6th Place Cole Sands and Caden Watson- Walker Valley Bass Team
7th Dylan True and Kallen Rochelle- Lawrence County HS
8th Nolan Christian and Hunter Pewitt- Dixie County HS
9th Jake Lee and Corey Brooks -Karns HS Bass Team
10th Hunter Bouldin and David Jaco- WCHS
11th AJ Barnes and Gavin Ainslie- Central High School
12th Dillan Moore and Kenneth Clark- Rhea County HS
The TBF/FLW High School Championship series continues its trek across the country with upcoming events in Alabama and Minnesota coming up this week.