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May 8, 2014

Tift County High fishermen compete at state

TIFTON — The Tift County High Blue Devil fishing team recently competed at the state tournament held at Laurel Park in Gainesville.

Tift had eight participants, which were paired into four separate teams. The top team for the Devils was Hunner Pritchett and Tristan Carroll, who came in 21st with a five-fish limit, weighing 9 pounds, 14 ounces. That included the second-biggest bass in the tournament, which came in at 4 pounds, 4 ounces.

Other fishermen from Tift County who competed were Taylor Woodall, Dylan Merritt, Kyler Pate, John Tucker, Tripp McKee and Hunter Hilton.

"We finally caught some good weather conditions and some fish as most of our fishermen caught 10 to 20 fish in each boat, they were just too short," said coach Bruce Begue. The coach explained there was a 14-inch minimum on the spotted and largemouth bass allowed to compete for prizes in the tournament.

Begue added his appreciation for local businesses and individuals, who helped the team this season.

"I'd like to thank Tenneson Nissan, Tifton Bassbusters, Bobby 'Roho' Bennett, McKee's Auto Repair, South Georgia Chiropractic, Kenny Ray, Ronnie Gaskins (GHFF), School Superintendent Patrick Atwater, Tift County High Principal Kim Siegler, Tift Athletic Director Rusty Smith, Ms. Anderson (TCHS attendance), Ms. Janice Dean, Tom Riddle (MRS Homecare), Mr. Walker, the Tift County School Board, Wal-Mart, Papa John's, the Georgia Peanut Commission, Roy and Sylvia McWilliams and all of the anglers' parents, who pitched in and helped."

The team had cleanup projects during the year, and had kids' casting booths at Ag Farm Day and The Expo in Waycross.

The Devils will be helping Saturday at the Fishing Rodeo at Lake Tygart in Berrien County. Children, ages three to 16 are invited to attend the event, which is set to run between 8 a.m. and noon. The event is free and is sponsored by the Nashville Police Department.

For more information, call Begue at 356-8140.

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