Walker High anglers qualify for Bassmaster High School National Championship

Walker High fishing teams qualify for BASS national championship tourney

Four local high schoolers will bring their angling skills to the national stage.

A pair of two-man fishing teams from Walker High will compete in the 2018 BASS National High School Championship, which will be held Aug. 2-4 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn.

Sophomore Hanson Chaney and junior Bronson Beck, ranked the No. 1 BASS high school fishing team in Louisiana, will join seniors Jason McMillan and Hunter Kogel, ranked the No. 4 team, in the national fishing showcase that annually draws more than 150 teams from across the globe.

This will be the second trip in as many years for McMillan and Kogel, who competed in the tournament last year to become the school’s first-ever national fishing tournament finalists.

Four regional high school opens — the Central, Midwestern, Western and Southern Opens — serve as qualifiers for student anglers hoping to reach the national championship. Top competitors from state high school championships and from sanctioned team trails can also earn invitations.

Twenty-seven two-man teams from Louisiana will compete in the national competition, including five from Livingston Parish. Joining the teams from Walker High will be the pairings of Brentyn Wheat and Christopher Smith along with Brock Bennett and Reid Rayborn, all from Livingston Parish Bassmasters, as well as members of the Junior Southwest Bassmasters Fishing Club of Denham Springs.

Local high schoolers Alex Heintze and Justin Watts of the Livingston Parish Bassmasters’ team won the national title in 2015 after a 15-bass catch totaling 661 pounds. …Full Story