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October 8, 2012

T.L. Hanna places 2nd in High School Southeastern Conference Championship

The T.L Hanna High School anglers continued their winning ways by placing second at the High School Southeastern Conference Championship on Lake Wylie on Sept. 29. Hampton Anderson and Eli Rowland, both of Anderson, S.C., weighed in with five bass, 9.9 pounds and only 14 ounces off the lead. Bandys High School of Catawba N.C. finished in first with 10.7 pounds.

TBF along with FLW held the High School Southeastern Conference Championship on Saturday in conjunction with the FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference Championship. Eight teams from across the region were competing.

Hampton Anderson has become synonymous with winning the South Carolina High School State Bass Fishing Championship. With his partner from last year graduating, the young star recruited the services of his new partner Eli Rowland to capture this year’s event on Lake Greenwood on April 28 making back to back state championships. Anderson, who also advanced on to the regional competition with his partner last year, placed 5th in the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championship.

High School Fishing Tournaments are open to all 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, including home schooled students that are members of the Student Angler Federation. The winning team from each state championship advances to a High School Fishing Conference Championship. The winning team from each Conference Championship receives trophies and commemorative jerseys, and advances to the 2013 High School Fishing National Championship, held in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship in the spring.

To start a youth bass fishing club, all you need is a minimum of six students (within the 11-18 year old range) with dues paid. In addition to six student anglers, you'll also need an adult at your school to help lead the club, provide advice and help arrange at least two club tournaments, fundraisers, speakers and other learning sessions pertaining to fishing for club meetings. The Youth Bass Fishing Clubs is a product of a partnership between the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, The Bass Federation of South Carolina and B.A.S.S with help and support from parents, teachers, school districts, local bait & tackle shops, community partners and Pure Fishing.

Find out more about Youth Bass Fishing Clubs by contacting Aquatic Education Coordinator Lorianne Riggin at (803) 737-8483 or RigginL@dnr.sc.gov.

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