North Central Region of Tennessee BASS Nation High School/Juniors held the Regional Championship Tournament on Dale Hollow Lake at Sunset Marina on Saturday, June 13..
In the Junior Division, LA Anglers had two teams placing in the tournament, which had a 25 boat-field. Leah Cross and Elyza Strong were able to bring in a 3-fish limit that was good enough for 2nd place. Brody Walker and Adrian Jenkins were able to bring in 2 fish that were good enough for a 5th place finish.
Also representing Livingston Academy Juniors were the teams of Kaden Ray and Cooper Roberts, Caden Tharp and Kendall Walker, Parker Bilbrey and Josiah Zachary, and Marcus Smith and Elijah Scott.
In the High School Division, the field consisted of 57 teams and Livingston Academy was well represented. Whit Terry and Cade Copeland had a limit of fish placing them in 3rd place. Haden and Mason Beasley also had a top 10 finish with a limit of bass that put them in 6th place.
The team of Chase Johnson and Elijah Gibbons had a sack of bass that put them in 11th place. Zac Raines and Brady Huddleston were LA’s 4th team in the top 20 with a 16th place finish. Wyatt Montooth and Katie Nelson placed 22nd, Austin Melton and Colby Norrod placed 30th, Luke Walker and Kaden Hammock placed 31st, and Tucker Pendergrass and Lucas Roberts placed 39th.
Also representing LA in the High School divisions were the teams of Bryson Carwile and Andrew Riggins, Avery Jenkins and Baker Blankenship, and Carson Walker and Jake Collins.
This year the North Central region had 224 boats total completing. The following are the final rankings for the LA Angler Teams out of those 224 boats: Chase Johnson and Elijah Gibbons – 12th; Wyatt Montooth and Katie Nelson – 13th; Haden Beasley and Mason Beasley – 14th; Whit Terry and Cade Copeland 16th; Zac Raines and Brady Huddleston 19th; Andrew Riggins and Bryson Carwile 21st; Tucker Pendergrass and Lucas Roberts 34th; Austin Melton and Colby Norrod 30th; Jake Collins and Carson Walker 41st; Collin Norrod and Kaden Hammock 59th; Avery Jenkins and Baker Blankenship 67th; Luke Walker and Hannah Riley 143rd; and Renee Maynard and Elijah Sampson T145th.
This year, the NC Jr. Region had 56 boats to compete. Final rankings for the LA Angler Jr. Teams out of those 56 boats are as follows: Leah Cross and Elyza Strong 3rd; Parker Bilbrey and Josiah Zachary 5th; Brody Walker and Adrian Jenkins 6th; Marcus Smith and Elijah Scott 10th; Kaden Ray and Cooper Roberts 11th; Caden Tharp and Kendall Walker 18th; and Jake Conaster and Nate Walker 28th.
LA Anglers Coach Brandon Cross expressed appreciation for the contributions of Sammy and Molly Talent.
“Four years ago, this family volunteered to create the North Central Region of Tennessee High School BASS, which ultimately brought high school fishing to our area and gave our young anglers an opportunity to compete,” Cross stated. “At the June 13th tournament, they stepped down and handed the director job off to the Lassiter family from Warren County.
“High school fishing in this area is what it is today because the Talents volunteered to be directors and start the region. We are so grateful to these two fabulous individuals, their example, and all their service to every school and angler in the North Central Region.”