MOREHEAD – A local high school bass fishing duo is headed back to the state tournament. Allen Central High School sent six boats to the Region 4 Tournament at Cave Run Lake over the weekend. One ACHS boat advanced to the upcoming state tournament as the duo of Chase Soler and Austin Branham finished tied for ninth in the region event with five bass weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces.
The Soler-Branham team finished 17th in the state last year.
The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, partnered with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) to present the 2016 KHSAA bass fishing regional tournaments on Saturday. More than 292 teams across Kentucky competed in four different regional tournaments with the goal of advancing to the KHSAA state competition.
The state fishing tournament is scheduled for May 13-14 on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville,
The top 16 teams in Region 4 that advanced to the KHSAA State Championship from Cave Run Lake were:
1st: George Rogers Clark High School – Robert Powe and Colby Kerr, five bass, 13-11.
2nd: Montgomery County High School – Quinten McGuire and Brady McGuire, five bass, 11-5.
3rd: Bourbon County High School – Jacob Cleaver and Ethan Johnson, five bass, 10-0.
4th: George Rogers Clark High School – Preston Losh and Triston Duckworth, five bass, 8-8.
5th: Lawrence County High School – Michael Scaggs and Conner May, five bass, 8-7.
6th: Sheldon Clark High School – Lafe Messer and Grant Marcum, five bass, 8-5.
7th: Bourbon County High School – Chris Hinkle and Jacob Ingram, five bass, 8-2.
8th: Montgomery County High School – Logan Watkins and Kyle Workman, five bass, 8-1.
9th: Allen Central High School – Chase Soler and Austin Branham, five bass, 7-11.
9th: Shelby Valley High School – Gabriel Maynard, five bass, 7-11.
11th: Perry County High School – Matthew Roberts and Richard Cornett, five bass, 7-4.
12th: Montgomery County High School – Tristan Powell and Dalton Crowe, five bass, 7-3.
13th: Johnson Central High School – Blake Martin and Kenneth Powers, five bass, 7-3.
14th: Perry County High School – Zachary Holbrook and Jacob Boggs, five bass, 7-1.
15th: Lawrence County High School – Noah West and Eric Price, five bass, 6-14.
16th: Sheldon Clark High School – Jacob Jude and Heath Maynard, five bass, 6-10.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.