The GCHS Bass Team won the Nickajack Challenge Saturday in Jasper. Samuel Morgan and Eldon Posey came in first with five fish for 14.03 pounds to take the title for the school. The win qualified the two to go to the B.A.S.S. High School Nationals in July on Kentucky Lake. They are the third of the GCHS teams to qualify for the event. They also won two $500 scholarships to any post-secondary school.
“This team has what it takes to win any tournament we enter. Every boat we put on the water is very competitive. The fact that we have the three teams of Morgan and Posey, Kyler Ingleburger and Kyle Palmer and Josh Powers and Cole Stewart qualified for the nationals says that in spades,” said team Coach David Lowrie.
Coming in second in the 40-boat event were Grundy’s Hank Lowrie and Daniel Stiefel with five fish for 13.46 pounds. They split $300 and secured the school’s team of the year spot for finishing highest in the points from Grundy. They are currently second in the Southeast TN B.A.S.S. High School Trail’s points behind Hunter Bouldin and Samuel Vandargriff of Warren County.
Also in money Saturday for Grundy were Dalton Summers and Peyton Tate who finished fifth with five fish for 12.40 pounds. They split $100.
The last event left in the trail will be the Top 25 fish off on May 30, on Guntersville Lake. Nine of Grundy’s 12 teams have qualified for the event. The winning boat in the May 30 tourney will receive two $1000 scholarships.
The other boat teams from the GCHS Bass Team making the Top 25 are Kyle Ingleburger and Kyle Palmer, Robert Easterly and Stuart Roggli, Ben Franklin and Garrett Whitman, Josh Powers and Cole Stewart, Tristan Owenby and Austin Jackson.
“I’m looking forward to the fish off and our chances there. This team has seen a lot of accomplishments over its first four years. We’ve had a boat in the nationals last year, a boat at the Bassmaster High School Classic this year, and sending three to the nationals this year. We’ve had two NBT Junior National Champions on this team and we’ve got one on a college fishing scholarship this year.
“That’s the kind of success that helps these kids move forward in competitive fishing and in life. We’ve had tremendous support from the school system, the parents, and the community. This is one of the most expensive sports you can ever get into. Without the help of all who have supported us we couldn’t have been as successful,” added Coach Lowrie.
You can follow the GCHS Bass Team on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GchsBassTeam. See all the results from the Southeast TN BASS High School trail at www.tnhsbasstrail.com.