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Winchester’s Kyle Ingleburger won the National Bass Fishing Trail’s junior national championship and junior Angler of the Year June 27, in Gadsden, Alabama on Neely Henry Lake. Kyle took the title with 26.83 pounds of fish over the three-day competition.
For first place, Ingleburger won $1000 and prizes. For taking the Academy Sports + Outdoors Angler of the Year title, he received a check for $100 and a $250 Academy gift card. Kyle’s dad Bubba Ingleburger finished second on the adult side of the tournament
bringing home over $2000.
Ingleburger competes locally in the NBT district run by David Lowrie, along with other local juniors’ standout Hank Lowrie who was last year’s Junior National champ and Angler of the Year. Lowrie took third in this year’s event with 24.47 pounds behind Alabama’s
Austin Adcock with 25.63. Lowrie has been in the top three of the event for the last three years and Adcock won in the summer of 2009 on Wheeler Lake.
It was the second big finish for Ingleburger in as many weeks as he and partner Kyle Palmer took second the week before on Douglas Lake in Morristown, TN, in the B.A.S.S. High School Open and TN State Championship. They won $700 as a team and both received $1000 scholarships for the Sportsmanship award in the event for helping out another team having boat trouble. “Team Kyle” as they are called fish for the GCHS Bass Team at Grundy County
even though they attend Franklin Co. High. Franklin County has not yet shown interest
in starting a team.
The win on Douglas also qualified “Team Kyle” for the BASS High School National Championship on Kentucky Lake next week and for the Bassmasters High School Classic to be fished in February in South Carolina. The two can rack up on scholarship money if they finish well in both events.
“Kyle has had a dream couple of weeks for any angler of any age. To finish second in the BASS event and then win the NBT Nationals the following week is just not that common. I’m very proud of his accomplishments both as the TN District Director of NBT and the GCHS Bass Team coach. I can’t wait to see how Team Kyle finishes in the BASS nationals and at The Classic. I’d love to see a big trophy in the halls of GCHS,” said David Lowrie.
With Inglburger’s win this year that gives the TN District of NBT four of the seven junior national titles as well as the angler of the year titles since NBT was formed. Monteagle’s Dakota Cantrell won both titles in the summer of 2010 on Chickamauga and 2011 on Lake Eufaula, AL. Lowrie’s win last year came on Clinton Lake, IL.
To find out more about the National Bass Fishing Trail visit www.nbtbass.com. To find out more about the GCHS Bass Team follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gchsbassteam.