MUSKOGEE, Okla. (June 15, 2016) – The Crowder High School duo of Jacob Lott and Blake Denny brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the 2016 TBF/FLW Oklahoma State High School Fishing Championship on the Arkansas River. The win earned the team trophies, the title of state champions and advanced the team to the High School Fishing Southern Conference championship on Cypress Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, on Oct. 14-15.
Forty-two high-school teams competed in the event, which launched from Three Forks Marina in Muskogee.
The top four teams on the Arkansas River that advanced to the Southern Conference championship were:
1st: Crowder High School, McAlester, Okla. – Jacob Lott and Blake Denny, five bass, 17-6
2nd: Harrah High School, Harrah, Okla. – Kaden Knoch and Jacob Keenom, five bass, 16-4
3rd: Inola High School, Inola, Okla. – Ty Crutchfield and Kyle Burks, five bass, 12-15
4th: Salisaw High School, Salisaw, Okla. – Blayke Haggard and Kolby Frazier, five bass, 12-12
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
5th: Wagoner High School, Wagoner, Okla. – Tate Brumnett and Eli Brumnett, five bass, 12-10
6th: Rogers County Zebra Bassanglers – Lane Conner, Claremore, Okla., and Matthew Gaines, Tiawah, Okla., five bass, 12-5
7th: Quapaw High School, Quapaw, Okla. – Shaun Tune and Dalton Deshazer, five bass, 12-1
8th: Okay High School, Okay, Okla. – Austin Skiles and Jacob Cowden, five bass, 11-15
9th: Tonkawa High School, Tonkawa, Okla. – Donnie Combrink and Daniel Anthamatten, five bass, 11-15
10th: Braggs High School, Braggs, Okla. – Mason Jones and Justin Haworth, five bass, 11-11
Photos and more from the event can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.
The 2016 Oklahoma State High School Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top three teams from each of the seven TBF/FLW High School Fishing Opens held this season. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2017. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals. At the 2015 World Finals more than $20,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit HighSchoolFishing.org for details.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Periscope: @FLWFishing.
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