Bethel’s Bass Cats Co-hosting National High School Championships


High School Teams to Compete in National Championship


Bethel and Henry and Carroll Counties are co-hosting the very first Bassmaster National High School Championship beginning today running through Saturday on Kentucky Lake and Carroll County's One Thousand Acre Recreational Lake.
     "Sixty of the best high school teams in the nation are competing for scholarships and merchandise as well as the first National Championship trophy," said Hank Weldon who is the tournament director.    

     The teams qualified through individual state B.A.S.S. Nation organizations.

     "This is really kicking up the B.A.S.S. high school initiative," said Jon Stewart, director of B.A.S.S. Nation. "With the competition later being aired on ESPNU, the growing high school sport of bass fishing will be showcased like never before."

     Full coverage of the event will be carried on ESPU, Sunday, July 27 at 9 a. m.

     The first two days of competition will be on Kentucky Lake with weigh-ins at Paris Landing in Paris, Tennessee. The finalists will compete for two days on Carroll County's One Thousand Acre Recreational Lake and weigh their catches on the beautiful campus of Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee Friday and Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m.

     Besides earning the title of national champion, the winning team will receive $21,000 in scholarships from B.A.S.S. as well as merchandise provided by sponsors. In addition, Bethel will award $40,000 in scholarships; $5,000 a year for four years will go to the top two finishing anglers provided they are either a junior or senior in high school. The Bethel Scholarships will be awarded to the two anglers who qualify to be used at Bethel University as they become a part of the Bethel University Wildcat Bass fishing team.
     "We are so proud here at Bethel University to help host the very first Bass Masters High School National Championship. Bethel University has created a huge legacy in the sport of Bass Fishing and now we get to showcase our school to high school students from all across America -- students who we hope will make more than one trip to our campus and who will want to become a part of the Bethel Bass Fishing tradition. What a wonderful way to highlight our University on a national stage," said Garry Mason Head Bass Fishing Coach.