THE WOODLANDS COLLEGE PARK HIGH SCHOOL WINS FLW HIGH SCHOOL FISHING TEXAS OPEN AT LAKE O’ THE PINES
MARSHALL, Texas (April 3, 2017) – The Woodlands College Park High School duo of Chad Mrazek of Conroe, Texas, and Joe Beebee of The Woodlands, Texas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the 2017 FLW High School Fishing Texas Open tournament on Lake O’ The Pines in Marshall, Texas. The win advanced the team to the 2017 High School Fishing National championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.
A field of 45 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the Lakeside Recreation Area in Jefferson, Texas. The event was hosted by the Marshall Convention & Visitors Bureau and East Texas Baptist University.
In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.
The top four teams on Lake O’ The Pines that advanced to the 2017 High School Fishing National Championship were:
1st: The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands, Texas – Chad Mrazek, Conroe, Texas and Joe Beebee, The Woodlands, Texas, (five bass, 24-11)
2nd: Queen City High School, Queen City, Texas – Kyle Parker, Douglassville, Texas, and Ryan Ream, Atlanta, Texas, (five bass, 18-14)
3rd: Quitman High School, Quitman, Texas – Colin Brown and J.C. Brisendine, both of Quitman, Texas, (five bass, 17-13)
4th: Harker Heights High School, Harker Heights, Texas – Preston Pittman and Alex Chambers, both of Harker Heights, Texas, (five bass, 17-11)
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
5th: Beckville High School, Beckville, Texas – Lane McKnight, Beckville, Texas, and Brayden Cross, Henderson, Texas, (five bass, 16-13)
6th: Hallsville High School, Hallsville, Texas – Logan Watson, Longview, Texas, and Rowdy Smith, Henderson, Texas, (five bass, 16-3)
7th: White Oak High School, White Oak, Texas – Seth Kutch and Trenton Gross, both of White Oak, Texas, (five bass, 15-3)
8th: Sanger High School, Sanger, Texas – Teddy Reynolds and Ryan Penton, Sanger, Texas, (five bass, 14-12)
9th: Lumberton High School, Lumberton, Texas – Skye Ball, Lumberton, Texas, and Nicolas Peoples, Kingwood, Texas, (five bass, 14-12)
10th: Parkway High School, Bossier City, La. – Bennett Hopkins and Tyler Hilton, both of Bossier City, La., (five bass, 14-8)
Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.
The 2017 FLW High School Fishing Texas Open was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2017 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2016 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.