Briarwood Christian luring anglers

Luring Lions

by GARY LLOYD

April 26, 2018

Briarwood Bass Team members Tucker Smith, left, and Grayson Morris are shown after finishing 12th in the BASS Tournament at Lake Martin on Feb. 3.

The Briarwood Christian School bass team is off the hook.

The team was started in 2012 through the Alabama High School Bass Fishing Association, which later became the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association.

This year’s team is made up of 10 students: Grayson Morris, David Scharf, Tucker Smith, Chandler Holt, Reid Mays, Walter Vetrano, Jordan Martens, Sadie Stanford, Riley Underwood and Mason Wright. The group is led by Jay Mathews, the school’s athletics director.

“I have been fishing all my life, but competitive fishing is a whole new world,” Mathews said.

The team fishes year-round, but its main season runs February through May. Student anglers also participate in B.A.S.S. High School, where Briarwood has anglers already qualified for state and national tournaments.

“Alabama bass fishing is the most competitive sport, as far as young talent, that I have ever seen,” Mathews said. “We have local schools like Spain Park, Chelsea and Pell City that are as good as they come in the nation.”

So far in 2018, the team has finished eighth at a tournament at Lake Martin, and Morris and Smith won a tournament at Lake Mitchell. The duo also placed third out of 250 teams at a regional at Toledo Bend in Louisiana, qualifying them for the B.A.S.S. National Championship….Full Story