Simmons and Halstead were one of four Capital City teams to sweep the top four spots at the event.
Mason Chapman, son of pro angler Brent Chapman, and his teammate, Ryder Mains took sixth place with 25.85 pounds. Chapman and Mains represent the KickBack Club. Bishop Carroll’s Ryan Murphy and Chris Sanders took seventh with 24.78 pounds.
Halstead, a Riley resident, and Bila were named to the 2019 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Teamin March. Simmons, of Leonardville, and Shawnee Heights’ Parker Still also earned honorable mention nods.
In the youth division, Topeka brothers Nick and Kyle Herrman posted 25.68 pounds to finish runner-up behind the Kick Back Junior Club team of Gavin Carson and Parker Welch.
Carson and Welch secured the youth division championship with a two-day bag of 29.33 pounds, winning by more than 3 1/2 pounds.
The Herrman’s Topeka Jr. Hawgs teammates of Brooks Clevenger and Hal Leap took third with 20.61 pounds, followed by Kick Back’s Cooper Line and Parker Phillips (13.17 pounds) and Basehor-Linwood’s Colton Hutchinson and Owen Blackburn (5.90).
With the youth and high school season over and the Frank Strong Memorial Tournament going on this weekend at Big Hill Reservoir, the next scheduled Kansas BASS Nation event is the 4-Man Tournament No. 1 from June 29-30, also at Wilson Reservoir. For more information, contact Danny Barrett by phone at 620-200-8723 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.ksbassnation.net/.
K-State team finishes 85th
Kansas State anglers Zach Vielhauer and Nate Gardner finished 85th out of 148 teams this week during the three-day 2019 FLW College National Championship on the Potomac River.
Vielhauer and Gardner sat in 115th place after the first day of fishing, weighing just three fish for 6 pounds, 4 ounces. They trailed leaders Nolan Minor and Thomas Raines, of West Virginia, by 12 pounds, 1 ounce, heading into Day 2.
The K-State team improved to 85th after the second day, posting a five-fish bag of 13-3 to improve its two-day total to 19-7. However, the Wildcats were unable to make the cut for Day 3.
Murray State’s Adam Puckett and Blake Albertson won the title with 51 pounds, 3 ounces to win the $27,400 top prize. Bethel’s Tristan McCormick and Dakota Pierce took second with 51-0, followed by Adrian College’s Jarrett Martin and Nickolas Marsh.
At Wilson Reservoir
High school championship
Team ... Pounds of fish
Simmons/Halstead ... 35.11
Backus/Baird ... 29.76
Redeker/Haufler ... 28.86
Bila/Minster ... 27.25
Brummer/Minor ... 26.70
Chapman/Mains ... 25.85
Murphy/Sanders ... 24.78
Youth state championship
Team ... Pounds of fish
Carson/Welch ... 29.33
N. Herrman/K. Herrman ... 25.68
Clevenger/Leep ... 20.61
Line/Phillips ... 13.17
Hutchinson/Blackburn ... 5.90