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Locals finish 3rd in McDonald's " Dream Big " fishing tournament

Lawrence Co. Seniors Connor May and Brayden West collected a third place finish the past Saturday at Paintsville Lake.Lawrence Co. Seniors Connor May and Brayden West collected a third place finish the past Saturday at Paintsville Lake.

Paintsville, Ky. -- This past Saturday on a windy and chilly day 25 boats and 52 anglers made their way out on Paintsville Lake to participate in the first McDonald's " Dream Big " fishing tournament held by Sheldon Clark high school.

Johnson Central took home the team championship placing four boats in the top ten including the top two boats. Cody Harless and Seth Jackson took first winning a Duckett Rod/Lews Tournament Pro Reel. Daniel Short and Peyton Butcher finished in second place taking home a Quantum PT Energy Reel. Harless also had big fish of the day at 5.45 largemouth with the big fish Harless won a Duckett Ghost Rod/Revo S Reel.

Lawrence Co. had three of the top six boats including Brayden West and Connor May finishing in third place winning a Duckett Ghost Rod. Bradley Copley and Caleb Fletcher finished fifth and defending State champs Noah West and Eric Price came in sixth.

Sheldon Clark duo Matt Messer and Braxton Maynard finished fourth.

Six different high schools competed in the tournament. Sheldon Clark, Lawrence Co. Johnson Central, Allen Central, Knott Co. Central, Wolfe Co.

Sheldon Clark duo of Heath Maynard and Jacob Jude finished in tenth place.

Lawrence Co. Bass Fishing Head Coach Brandon Meddings


"... I was the boat captain for the senior duo of Conner May and Brayden West. Fishing conditions were about as tough as it gets: cold water, cold weather, and harsh wind. Conner and Brayden fished hard, resulting in a 3rd place podium finish. For their efforts, each earned a Boyd Duckett fishing rod and a trophy. Glen Rowe captained the team of Bradley Copley and Caleb Fletcher, who finished 4th. John Pannell and Rick Staniford captained the reigning, defending 2016 KHSAA bass fishing state champions Eric Price and Noah West to a 6th place finish. Paul Arnette captained for Harley Davidson and Haden Stambaugh and Chris Wilson captained for the freshmen duo Luke Cassell and Briyce Brooks."



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