PA team defies penalty, takes national title
PARIS, Tenn.—With tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces, the Susquehanna Valley team of Garrett Enders and Nick Osman hoisted the championship trophy into the air.
The Pennsylvania anglers outlasted 59 of the best high school teams in the nation to take home the crown of inaugural High School Champions.
With a Day 3 weight of 7 pounds and 4 ounces they sat in second place and were in prime position to take over the lead on the final day of competition.
Using a weightless wacky-rigged Senko, Enders and Osman caught four more keepers Saturday. Their 4 pounds, 11 ounce bag was just enough to hold off the hard-charging anglers from Benton, Ill., who jumped six places to finish second.
“It’s amazing, I mean honestly I’m still speechless and it probably won’t sink in for a few weeks,” said Nick Osman. “We worked so hard to get here and it paid off. We are champions.”