Kyle Palmer, a senior at Franklin County High School and member of the Grundy County High School Bass Team, signed to fish for the Wildcats of Bethel University on April 18. The signing caps a stellar high school for Palmer.
The fishing duo of Palmer and Kyle Ingleburger (Team Kyle) hit the headlines in 2014, placing second in the BASS High School Open on Douglas Lake. The team was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for the event and qualified for the 2015 Bassmaster’s High School Classic on Lake Keowee, South Carolina, where they finished fourth.
Team Kyle fished the BASS High School National Championships all four years of their high school career. They are the 2016 Battle of Chickamauga Champions, the Smyrna Smackdown (Percy Priest Lake) champions, and the 2017 Fight at the Ford (Tims Ford) champions. In addition, they were named the GCHS Bass Team of the Year in 2014 and 2016.
In April, Team Kyle was selected by the Bassmaster All-American program as two all-state members for Tennessee. Two weeks later, Palmer was named one of twelve Bassmaster High School all-Americans.
Palmer was named the National Bass Fishing Trails National Junior Angler of the Year in 2014 and 2015. He is the point leader going into this summer’s nationals. And, he started Faith Unleased, a group to help lead fellow students to Christ, at Franklin County High School.
Pictured are – back row (l to r): Brad Dees, GCHS bass team assistant coach; Adam Floyd, GCHS vice-principal; Steve Trussler, GCHS athletic director; David Lowrie, GCHS bass team coach; Deidre Helton, GCHS principal; and Director of Schools (GCHS) Jessie Kinsey. Front row (l to r): Freddy Palmer, father; Kyle Palmer; Kelsey Palmer McCall, sister; and Trudy Pickett, mother.