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Grundy County's "Team Kyle" wins Tennessee BASS Nation points race

Pictured with David Lowrie, TN BASS Nation High School Director, Kyle Ingleburger (left) and Kyle Palmer of Grundy County High School - also known as "Team Kyle" - were awarded as the overall points winners in the 2016-2017 Tennessee BASS Nation High School Points race. (Photo: Contributed)

Lenoir City High School's Jacob Woods and Austin Winter won the 2016-17 State Championship on Tims Ford Lake Saturday.

However Kyle Ingleburger & Kyle Palmer of Grundy County High School placed high enough to win the 2016-2017 Tennessee BASS Nation High School Points Champions with 589 points. The youngsters known as "Team Kyle" just edged out Woods and Winter who ended the season with 580 points. Earlier this year Ingleburger was named as one of only 12 standout high school anglers on the exclusive 2017 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team.

The top 25 teams in the points race for the year earned invitations to the 2017 BASS Nation National Championship to be held on Kentucky Lake in June.

Woods and Winters won the tournament with 28.87 pounds, besting a field of 124 high school teams from 22 Tennessee schools High Schools in the Tennessee BASS Nation High School State Championship held this past weekend in Winchester, TN.

Rounding out the top ten teams:

  • 2nd - Bailey Fain, Lenior City with 26.38,
  • 3rd - Case Anderson & Grant Hodosi, Grundy County with 23.46,
  • 4th - Kyle Ingleburger & Kyle Palmer, Grundy County with 22.63,
  • 5th - Chase Cantrell & Nathan Powell, Whitwell High with 22.53,
  • 6th - Asa Robertson & Blake Delong, Warren County with 21.55,
  • 7th - Thomas Sanders & Caston Hensel, Summit High with 21.02,
  • 8th - Harry James & Trip Costello, Franklin High with 20.86,
  • 9th - Hunter Haley & Garrett Fellers, Coffee County with 20.71
  • 10th - Jon-David Bedford & Ty Cobb, Lawrence County with 20.51 pounds.

See complete results here.

The Tennessee BASS Nation High School Trail also awarded new scholarships in addition to the tournament scholarships which are good for any higher education. Beth Cragar, the Dean of Financial Aid, and her staff at University of the South, reviewed all applications. Scholarship winners included Baily Fain of Lenoir City ($1,000 scholarship) and receiving $500 Scholarships were Kyle Ingleburger of Grundy County (attends Franklin County High School), William Schibig, Gallatin High School and Trevor St. John of Campbell County High School.

David Lowrie, TN BASS Nation High School and youth State Director, said qualifying teams competed for just over $20,000 in scholarships and prizes. More information can be found here.

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