In its first-ever season, the Tullahoma High School Bass Club got its year underway on Saturday, taking part in the South Central Region Tennessee BASS Nation High School Division Tournament at Nickajack Lake.
Tullahoma saw one of its teams take 11th place out of the total 77 teams competing on the day. Each team is comprised of two members and Tullahoma had a total of two teams finish in the top 40 standings. The combined weight of the bass is what determines a team’s placement.
Matthew Marcel and Adam Watts led the day for Tullahoma reeling in two fish for a total of 4.46 pounds to finish 11th on the day. Aulden Matheny and Allie Cox also finished in the top 40, taking 24th overall, bringing just one finish for a weight of 2.5 pounds.
Whitwell High School’s Westin Moss and Nathan Powell took first place on the day, hauling in five catches for a total weight of 13.99 pounds. Walker Valley’s Parker Reed and Caleb Pierce took second with three catches for 8.42 pounds. Coffee County’s Garrett Davis and Isiah Owens took third place with five catches for 8.03 pounds.
Tullahoma did have a first-place performance at the South Central Region Tennessee Bass Nation Junior Division on Saturday, also at Nickajack Lake. Tullahoma had a total of three teams competing against a total of 21 out on the water.
Kylan Mantooth and Cole Bryan led all competitors with three catches for 4.56 pounds. That also included the big fish for the junior division, weighing 2.14 pounds. Mantooth’s and Bryan’s performance was so strong that it would have made them a top-10 finisher at the high school level.
Franklin County had a team finish second and third, respectively. Austin Roberts and Gavin Sells took second place with a total of three catches for 2.96 pounds. Austin Jones and Eli Baggett snagged two catches for 2.4 pounds.
Samuel Mansfield and Colton Emory teamed to take 17th overall for Tullahoma on the day, while Hayden Cooper and Wade Collins placed 19th.
The next upcoming tournament for the high school and the junior bass club team will be the Tennessee BASS Nation Statewide Open. That will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Nickajack Lake.