Kentucky high school anglers win FLW Ohio River Open

Shelbyville’s Martha Layne Collins High School Wins FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Ohio River Open

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

(Sep 14, 2020 – PADUCAH, Ky.)

 Shelbyville’s Martha Layne Collins High School duo of Johnathan Brian and Evan Hellman brought three bass to the scale Saturday weighing 7 pounds even to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Ohio River Open in Paducah, Kentucky.

For their win on the Ohio River, the team now advances to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship.

The top two teams that qualified for the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship are:

  1st:    Martha Layne Collins High School, Shelbyville, Ky. – Johnathan Brian and Evan Hellmann, three bass, 7-0

  2nd:   Estill County High School, Irvine, Ky. – Brandon Vanderpool and Summer Evans, two bass, 5-7

Rounding out the top 10 were:

  3rd:    Calloway County High School, Murray, Ky. – Landon Morgan and Ross Kearns, two bass, 4-14

  4th:    Ohio County High School, Hartford, Ky. – Carson Fitzgerald and Clayton Cruze, one bass, 4-8

  5th:    West Tennessee Home Education Association – Caleb Griffin and Bryson Bailey, two bass, 4-1

  6th:    East Prairie High School, East Prairie, Mo. – Jase Archie and Sam Small, two bass, 3-11

  7th:    Bag 5 Bassin’. – Blake Schuster and Charlie Remmers, both of Roanoke, Ill., one bass, 3-7

  8th:    Bag 5 Bassin’– Brock Sauder, Carlock, Ill., and Brayden Blunier, Roanoke, Ill., two bass, 3-3

  9th:    McCracken County High School, Paducah, Ky. – Dalton Skinner and Harley Valerius, one bass, 2-11

  10th:  East Prairie High School, East Prairie, Mo – Mark Bixler and Coy Small, one bass, 2-9

Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Ohio River Open in Paducah, Kentucky, was a free, two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12 and open to any FLW and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships will advance to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship. 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 open high school bass tournament, the 2021 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. More than $2.8 million in scholarships and prizes were offered at the 2020 World Finals.

Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com.

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