Two of the GCHS Bass Team’s boats traveled to the Bassmaster High School Tennessee State championship Saturday on Cherokee Lake. When all was said and done Saturday, the team of Case Anderson and Grant Hodosi took the state title and qualified for the Bassmaster High School National Championship in July on Kentucky Lake.
Anderson and Hodosi join the other GCHS teams of Samuel Morgan and Eldon Posey, Kyle Ingleburger and Kyle Palmer, and Josh Powers and Cole Stewart heading to the B.A.S.S. Nationals. Three of the four teams are actually students from Franklin County fishing for the Grundy team, as their school still has not let them form a fishing team. Morgan and Posey are GCHS students.
“The success the GCHS Bass Team has had in our first four years is amazing to me. We had a team at nationals last year and in the Bassmasters Classic this year. We’ve also sent one to college on scholarship. I’m amazed that we’re sending four boats to nationals this year but I’m also the kind of person that I wish we were sending all 12 of them. I want all the kids to have these kinds of experiences and achievements. If we keep progressing at this rate, we just might get there. I’m so proud of all the kids and very proud they’ve brought Grundy a state title,” said GCHS Bass Team Coach David Lowrie.
The winning team was excited in their accomplishments.
“Fishing Lake Cherokee was an awesome experience, but to win the title of Bass Nation State Champs and to get to go to Nationals is even better. We had a very windy Saturday, but were able to catch one early on a fluke and the other two on a Carolina rig. We can’t thank Don Hall and Allen Rhodes enough for being our boat captains this year, all of our sponsors for the GCHS Bass Team and for David Lowrie for letting us be part of this team. The biggest lesson we have learned is to never give up, whether it be your last tournament or your last hour fishing, always keep going. It will pay off,” said Case Anderson.
“It’s hard to believe that we could do this in our rookie year. It is one of my dreams to go to Kentucky Lake and now do I not only get to go to Kentucky Lake, I get to go fish a big tournament on it. None of this would be possible without David Lowrie so I want to thank him,” said Grant Hodosi.
The other Grundy team in the event, Ben Franklin and Garrett Whitman, brought home hardware as well taking fourth in the event but unfortunately did not qualify for the nationals. Only the top two boats in the tournament earned slots to nationals.
The GCHS Bass Boosters will be looking to raise some extra funds in the next few weeks to assist the teams going to nationals. Commonly it costs a team between $1200 and $1500 to compete in a weeklong tournament. Teams will need funds to cover hotels, gas, food, and equipment. Anyone wishing to donate to help the teams is encouraged to contact the teams directly or contact Coach David Lowrie.