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Arkansas' Bentonville High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake O' the Pines Open in Texas

by: Drew Aspinwall, FLW Fishing

(May 16, 2018 - Jefferson, TX)

Arkansas’ Bentonville High School duo of Josh Gray and Jackson O’Shea brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces to win the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake O’ the Pines Open in Jefferson, Texas. The win advanced the team to the 2018 High School Fishing National championship, held June 26-30, on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.


According to post-tournament reports, the duo caught their limit flipping hyrdrilla mats north of the Highway 155 bridge with a green-pumpkin-colored Yamamoto Senko.


A field of 48 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the Lakeside Recreation Area in Jefferson. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.   


The top four teams on Lake O’ the Pines that advanced to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship were:         
  1st:     Bentonville High School, Bentonville, Ark. – Josh Gray and Jackson O’Shea, both of Little Flock, Ark., five-bass, 16-11
  2nd:    Harleton High School, Harleton, Texas – Landon Degner, Diana, Texas, and Jacob Holder, Marshall, Texas, five bass, 15-10
  3rd:     Parkway High School, Bossier City, La. – Taylor Williams and Nick Cannon, both of Bossier City, La., five bass, 14-9
  4th:     Choctaw High School, Choctaw, Okla. – Samuel Kramer and Loghan Stevens, both of Choctaw, Okla., five bass, 13-14
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
  5th:     Atlanta High School, Atlanta, Texas – Clayton Primrose, Queen City, Texas, and Garon Dupree, Bevins, Texas., five bass,     13-13
  6th:     Rockwall-Heath High School, Heath, Texas – Hunter Alexander and Ben Cully, both of Rockwall, Texas, five bass, 13-8
  7th:     Hallsville High School, Harrison County, Texas – Neal Covington and Ty Kennedy, both of Gilmer, Texas, five bass, 13-4
  8th:     Calvary Baptist Academy, Shreveport, La. – Tyler Richardson, Shreveport, La., and Thatcher Ellender, Bossier City, La., five bass 13-1
  9th:     West Sabine High School, Pineland, Texas – Hunter Muncrief, Pineland, Texas, and Landen McCary, Bronson, Texas, five bass, 13-0
  10th:   Hallsville High School, Harrison County, Texas – Dylan Cunningham, Longview, Texas, and Taven Jackel, Marshall, Texas, five bass, 12-14

The 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake O’ the Pines Open was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the 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 high school bass tournament, the 2018 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2017 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.


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


About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros.


About The Bass Federation
The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. TBF is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. The Federation is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization there is. TBF, our affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 events each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 45 years. TBF founded the Student Angler Federation and the National High School Fishing program in 2008 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing.