Kristopher Queen and Tyler Black of Bandys High School in Catawba brought their second great catch in a row to the scales on Sunday to win the FLW/TBF High School Fishing National Championship on Grand Lake near Rogers, Ark.
Queen and Black finished the tournament with 10 bass weighing 35 pounds, 1 ounce, after a second-day catch of five bass that weighed 17 pounds, 15 ounces. Each student won a $5,000 college scholarship.
“It’s unbelievable to have won this tournament,” said Queen, a freshman at Bethel University who qualified during his senior year at Bandys. “We won our state tournament and regional tournament last year and then carried a little luck to the national championship.”
“We’ve worked hard for this all year, and it paid off,” said Black, a junior at Bandys High.
Queen and Black targeted docks in 4 to 8 feet of water using a green pumpkin Senko. Their margin of victory was more than four pounds over runners-up Trevor Yates of Little Axe H.S. in Norman, Okla., and Jacob Keenum of Meeker H.S. in Meeker, Okla., who finished with 30-11.
Jake Lee and Corey Brooks of Karns H.S. in Tenn. Finished third with nine bass that weighed 25-9. Zeek Gossett of Hazel Green H.S. in Hazel Green, Ala., and Ryan Shields of Pell City H.S. in Pell City, Ala., were fourth with five bass that weighed 18-3, and Chase Myers of Central Arkansas Christian in North Little Rock, Ark., and Cole Swede of Cabot H.S. in Cabot, Ark., rounded out the top five with eight bass weighing 17-8.