Teams from Radford University came in 8th and 12th slipping by Virginia Tech's third team who placed 13th.
8th: Radford University – Brett Meyn and Blaine Chitwood
12th: Radford University - Ryan McCarthy and Steven Jarrels
13th: Virginia Tech: Preston Chrisman and Carson Rejzer
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PHILPOTT A TOUGH LAKE TO FISH
“Philpott is not an easy lake to fish, we worked for every fish we caught,” Will Dieffenbauch from Fairmont University went on to say. “The lake fished really tough. First of all there was a lot of boat traffic that we didn’t have earlier in the week. The wind was really blowing this morning pushing the bait fish up so that impacted the bite and these fish have just been hammered for four days straight which also added to today’s challenge.
“We were targeting deep points, 30 to 50 feet, with lots of brush,” added Dieffenbauch. “We were drop-shotting mostly robo worms. We also used a ½ ounce Sworming Hornet with a Yamamoto Saltwater Swimbait, I don’t think anyone else was using that.”
Dieffenbauch will be making his third trip to Nationals and hopes that the third time is a charm. Radcliff will be making his first appearance at Nationals. This was the first year the two have been fishing as a team.
VIRGINIA WINS HIGH SCHOOL FISHING TITLE
Bolstered by a catch of 8 pounds, 2 ounces and the tournament’s only five-bass limit, the Prince George, Va., high school team of Ryan Drewery of Petersburg, Va., and Junior Roberts of Ringgold, Va., captured the TBF/FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Championship. For their efforts, each winning team member received $5,000 in college scholarships.
“There is a lot of shaking going on,” said the junior Roberts. “That big one was schooling and I had no idea how big it was at first, but then I saw it jump and I said we gotta’ have this one.”
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM RESULTS
1st: Prince George High School – Ryan Drewery, Petersburg, Va., and Junior Roberts, Ringgold, Va., five bass, 8-2
2nd: Bishop Hendricken High School – Chris Catucci and Patrick Crabtree, both of Warwick, R.I., three bass, 4-6
3rd: Vermont – SAF – Jamison Gott, Georgia, Vt., and Colin Gaudette, St. Albans, Vt., three bass, 3-14
4th: Antietam/Cocalico High School – Kolbey Kissinger, Denver, Pa., and Clayton Delp, Reading, Pa., two bass, 3-11
5th: West Essex/Somerset County Vo Tech – Jake Smith, Essex Falls, N.J., and Rich Pennacchio, Hillsborough, N.J., two bass, 3-1
6th: The Sound School – Michael Toohey, Shelton, Conn., and Ryan Kusmit, Northford, Conn., one bass, 1-4
7th: Massachusetts - SAF – Kory Dominick and Jake Rowinsky, both of Saugus, Mass., one bass, 1-3