Area youngster chosen for elite Bassmaster High School All-American Team
Kyle Palmer, a senior on the Grundy County High School fishing team, has been chosen as one of only 12 standout high school anglers on the exclusive 2017 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team.
More than 380 applications from grades 10-12 were submitted from 40 states across the nation. The team has been invited to participate in a special Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament being held in conjunction with the 2017 Bassmaster Texas Fest that will be held May 17-21 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Each All-American angler will be paired with an Elite Series pro for the one-day derby to be held on a nearby fishery.
Grundy County's David Lowrie is Palmer's high school fishing coach. He says Palmer is just one half of the team they call "Team Kyle," because the other half of the team was made up by Kyle Ingleburger. They pair has a laundry list of wins. Most recently in Bassmaster High School Trail Tennessee events, Grundy County has won four out of six events, and Team Kyle won two of those four.
"Both of those kids are outstanding young men," said Lowrie. "Of course both were nominated for the Bassmaster All-American. They really have equal qualities and I can't really say one of them deserved it over the other. As excited as I was for Palmer I was equally disappointed for Ingleburger. Of course it is almost unheard of to have two [All-Americans] from one state."
Lowrie said one tipping factor that might have swayed judges is how strongly Palmer has devoted his life to Christ.
"He started a group at Franklin County High School called "Faith Unleashed." It's like any other high school club except these kids' mission is to share the message of Christ. If there was a tipping factor between the two kids, I'd say that was it."
“He is the leader of the Faith Unleashed club …” wrote Rita Sliger, Franklin County High School. “They discussed positive and proper ways to handle situations. This also included trying to find morally good and fair solutions to problems they each have to face.”
Palmer is currently serving his second year as the president of his high school bass team, and assisted with two major fundraisers for a freshman teammate with cancer. He has just recently received a fishing scholarship for Bethel University in Tennessee for the fall 2017 semester.
Besides serving as Palmer's fishing coach, Lowrie is also State Director for the Tennessee Bass Nation High School & Youth Association. He doesn't want to take any credit for Palmer's success.
"I'm just there to open doors. I've said before, I just want to be the best doorman in history," said Lowrie. "I'm just there to see they get the opportunities. The kids do the work.""
The other eleven members of the 2017 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team include:
- Dalton Combs, Ozark, Mo.
- Oakley Connor, Travelers Rest, S.C.
- Cade Fortenberry, Prairieville, La.
- Jared Gobel, Lumberton, Texas
- Reese Jones, Rogers, Ark.
- Tyler Lubbat, Wheeling, Ill.
- Perry Marvin, Peru, N.Y.
- Colby Miller, Elmer, La.
- Trace O’Dell, Buna, Texas
- Logan Parks, Auburn, Ala.
- Bryer Pennington, Prescott, Ark.