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    McIntosh High School wins TBF High School Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray

    Dalton Anderson and Dawson Lenz of McIntosh High School took home the FLW High School Fishing National Championship title on Lake Murray. (Photo by Gary Mortenson)
    Georgia students Anderson, Lenz dominate national championship, win by more than 8 pounds

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – The team of Dalton Anderson and Dawson Lenz, both of Peachtree City, Ga., McIntosh High School, dominated the field Sunday with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 12 ounces to take the top honors at the inaugural The Bass Federation (TBF) High School Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray. For their efforts, the team won a $10,000 scholarship ($5,000 to each team member).

    Rounding out the top five teams:

    Oregon high school teammates Colby Pearson (left) and Jacob Wall finished the High School Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray in second place with a total catch of 8 pounds, 9 ounces.2nd: Jacob Wall, Jacksonville, Ore., St. Mary’s High School, and Colby Pearson, Central Point, Ore., Crater High School (five bass, 8-9)

    3rd: Kyler Chelminiak, Franklin, Wis., Whitnall High School, and Nicholas Peterson, Hazelhurst, Wis., Lakeland High School (three bass, 8-5)

    4th: Junior Roberts, Danville, Va., George Washington High, and Tanner Blanks, South Boston, Va., Halifax County High School (two bass, 2-13)

    5th: Drew Bailey, North Platte, Neb., North Platte High School, and Adam Diehl, Brady, Neb., Brady Public School (two bass, 2-6)

    Each FLW/TBF Federation High School Fishing team competes in their state championship event in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top team from each state championship qualifies for one of five conference championships. The winning team from each conference championship advances to the national championship, held in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.

    Wisconsin high school teammates Kyler Chelminiak (left) and Nicholas Peterson finished the High School Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray in third place with a total catch of 8 pounds, 5 ounces.High School Fishing is free to enter and FLW Outdoors provides boats and drivers for each competing team along with travel allowances. High School Fishing Tournaments are open to all ninth, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, including home-schooled students, who are members of the Student Angler Federation.

    For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow High School Fishing on Facebook at and on Twitter at Visit to sign up or to start a club at your school.

    About High School Fishing

    Virginia high school teammates Jerry “Junior” Roberts (left) and Tanner Blanks finished the High School Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray in fourth place.Launched in 2011 by FLW and The Bass Federation Student Angler Federation, High School Fishing is the largest student-angler initiative in history. It offers students at more than 23,000 high schools across the United States and Canada the opportunity to compete in club, state, conference and national bass tournaments for the chance to earn college scholarships. Every team participating in a state championship is also invited to compete in the High School Fishing World Finals, the largest tournament of its kind. Visit for additional information.

    About FLW

    Nebraska high school teammates Adam Diehl (left) and Drew Bailey finished the High School Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray in fifth place.FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2012 over the course of 191 tournaments across five tournament circuits, each providing an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water,” through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and the world’s richest fantasy sports game – FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit or and look for FLW on Twitter and Facebook.

    About The Bass Federation, Inc.

    The top five teams acknowledge the crowd shortly after final weigh-in at the High School Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray.The Bass Federation Inc. (TBF) is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing organization there is. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 40 years. Visit for additional information.