Members of the Scott County High School bass fishing team have put their program on the map by earning trips to state and national competitions the past two years.
Tyler Sammons and Cainaan Halsey went one better last week. The two Cardinals shared a boat at the high school fishing World Finals on Lake Pickwick in Alabama.
“Three countries competed: The United States, Canads and South Africa,” Sammons, also a starting offensive lineman for the Scott County footbell team, said after competing in his final event for the school.
Sammons and Halsey finished iin the upper 25 percent of the field, placing 89th of 389.
The Scott County duo started the competition on Wednesday, taking note of the small margin for error.
“it was a three-bass limit instead of five (like the KHSAA state meet), Sammons said. “We had two the first day, weighing a total of four pounds, seven ounces.”
Day two found the Cardinal anglers at the top of their game.
“We had nine pounds, 10 ounces, anchored by my four-pound, three-ounce smallmouth,” Sammons said.
That gave SC a two-day total of 14 pounds, one ounce, and put them No. 123 overall.
The top two teams from each state were invited back Friday, followed by a championship round for the top 31 on Saturday morning.
Conditions were tough in the third round, but Sammons and Halsey still made headway on the leaderboard.
“We caught two for six pounds, 14 ounces, and a three-day total of 20 pounds, 15 ounces,” Sammons said.
More than $2.8 million in prizes and scholarships were up for grabs at the combined world and national championship event, in addition to the impressive titles.
Anthony Cicero IV and Dakota Snyder of Elizabethtown High School —Pennsylvania, not Kentucky — were crowned world champions.
The national title went to Christopher Capdeboscq and Sam Acosta of Northlake Christian School in Louisiana.
Sammons thanked the team’s many supporters, including Bluegrass Bloodline Outdoors, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Phenix Rods and Accessories, Costa Sunglasses and Cal Coast Fishing.
In May, Sammons and Halsey teamed up for a 47th place finish out of 90 teams in the KHSAA state competition at Kentucky Lake.
Two weeks earlier, they earned that bid to state with their strong performance in the regional competition at Lake Cumberland.
It was Scott County’s second consecutive trip to state. The Cardinals also qualified a boat for nationals a year ago.
Sammons and Halsey are part of a varsity team coached by Frank Crossman. Sammons also was instrumental in the launch of Scott County Elite, an additional club that gives the Cardinals extra time on the water year-round.
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