Briarwood school celebrates Bassmaster national championship

Briarwood bass team wins national championship

By Stephen Dawkins

NORTH SHELBY – A press conference and celebration of Briarwood Christian School’s national championship fishing team was held Thursday, Aug. 9.

Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith, along with boat captain J.T. Russell, won the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series National Championship presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods at Kentucky Lake Aug. 2-4.

“None of us would have ever believed this could even be possible,” Briarwood Athletics Director and Bass Team Coach Jay Mathews said.

Hank Weldon with BASS presented the national championship trophy to Morris, Smith and Russell, and their parents were recognized for their contributions to the team’s success.

The tournament included anglers from 256 institutions and 337 boats, Weldon said.

“It was a very, very tough field that these guys triumphed through,” he said.

Russell and Smith reeled in an 18-pound, 9-ounce limit of five bass in the final round to win the championship with a three-day total of 50 pounds, 2 ounces.

The won by about 10 pounds but said they avoided updates on the final day and did not know they were the likely winners until they pulled in to the weigh-in.

“We had no idea what other boats had caught,” Smith said. “We were blown away to win it.”

The team had discovered a creek that proved to produce big fish, but as the lake’s water level dropped each day, they had to drive the boat through about 2 feet of water to reach the spot on the final day….Full Story