Out of 314 teams from across the country, Baldwin County High School's Hunter Travis and Jameson Norris finished 48th at the Bassmaster High School National Championship on Lake Hartwell in South …
Out of 314 teams from across the country, Baldwin County High School's Hunter Travis and Jameson Norris finished 48th at the Bassmaster High School National Championship on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina earlier this month.
They were joined by three other duos in representing the Tigers and the state of Alabama against the best in the nation, plus two teams from Ontario, Canada.
Brody Lineberry and Ryan Wright finished 201st, Conner Lanham and Jed Defee registered 223rd and Chance and Noah Bryars came in 251st overall. Bryce Moder and Reece Kenney, graduates of Hortonville High and Northeast Wisconsin Bass Club anglers, took the championship with an overall total of 43 pounds, 1 ounce on the full allotment fish.
The top pair reached their allotment on day two and recorded a total weight of 19 pounds and 5 ounces. Lineberry-Wright finished with 11 fish for a weight of 9 pounds and 11 ounces, Lanham-Defee caught 12 fish that weighed a total of 8 pounds and 6 ounces and Bryars-Bryars reeled in 10 fish for a total weight of 6 pounds and 7 ounces.
Baldwin County's four teams were among 35 teams from Alabamian high schools represented on the grandest stage. The four teams were more than any other school had advance where East Limestone was second with three duos.
The Travis-Norris duo recorded the fifth-best finish against Alabama teams that featured the second- and third-place teams overall from Cullman and Gardendale, respectively.
"It means a whole lot to me to even make it here," Briar Dodson of Gardendale said to Bassmaster's Christopher Decker. "I think Alabama is truly the hardest state to qualify in. Chris and I fished a state championship in 100-degree weather, and we made it."
In the Alabama standings, Linberry-Wright were 20th, Lanham-Defee finished 26th and Bryars-Bryars registered 31st.