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Mecklenburg High School Anglers compete in two-day Tennessee nationals tournament in Tennessee / November 11, 2020
Two Mecklenburg High School Anglers teams were among the 54 teams participating in the 2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Junior Bassmaster National Championship.

This was the first time teams from Mecklenburg County participated in the tournament that was held over two days, Oct. 19-20, on a 1,000-acre recreational lake in Carroll County, Tennessee.

Ryder and Colton Milam finished the tournament 43rd with a total fish weight of 2 lbs. 15 oz. and Gage Jones and Eli Walker ended the tournament 47th with a total fish weight of 2 lbs. 4 oz.

The boat captain for Ryder and Colton was Tony Milam and for Jones and Walker it was T.E. Moore.

Jeff Edwards, who is one of the founders of the Mecklenburg High School Anglers and serves on the board, said he was proud of both teams. This was a different experience for the boys, who are used to fishing on much larger bodies of water, such as 49,000-acre Buggs Island Lake, 20,000-acre Lake Gaston and 20,600-acre Smith Mountain Lake.

Jack Babcock, who serves as the Virginia Youth Director for Bass Nation, added his congratulations on the organization’s social media page: “Congratulations to our two Junior Teams for fishing hard against all the competitors! We are very proud of the Mecklenburg Teams!”

The winners of this year’s Junior Bassmaster National Championship each received a $2,500 scholarship. Seventh graders Turner Tharpe and Blake James of Rhea County, Tenn., took home the trophy with a two-day total fish weight of 13 lbs. 15 oz.

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