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Junior World Championship

8/11/2008

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — New Jersey's Kyle Harrigan, 18, and New Mexico's Jordan McMorris, 15, won their respective age divisions Saturday at the Junior Bassmaster World Championship on New York's Onondaga Lake. The event was held in conjunction with the final Bassmaster Elite Series event of the season, which was staged on New York's Oneida Lake, and the pair of teenagers took home $5,000 each in scholarships and a Triton boat package.

Anglers competed in two age divisions, 11-14 and 15-18, fishing from the same boat operated by a Bassmaster Elite Series. The Junior World competitors were randomly paired with pros at a celebration Friday night and used Saturday as a practice day on Onondaga Lake. All earned the right to compete in the championship by fishing events on local and regional levels.

The youth anglers were treated to a first-class experience. The weigh-in was broadcast live on Bassmaster.com and each was photographed with BASS founder Ray Scott after weighing their catches.

Harrigan of Bradley, N.J., claimed the 15 to 18 year-old title with a 16-pound, 1-ounce mixed bag of largemouth and smallmouth bass. Harrigan's pro, Jeremy Starks of Charleston, W.V., served as Harrigan's mentor.

"He taught me a lot of stuff," said Harrigan, who just learned how to use drop-shot rigs Saturday. "I learned to keep my head in the game. We culled a lot of fish, and caught lots of fish in a row."

"The big key to winning was shaking the bait and using light line," said Starks. "It was getting out there and practicing and taking what we learned to the competition."

Harrigan enjoyed his day on Onondaga Lake with Starks and wants to pursue a career in professional bass fishing.

Scoring the runner-up position in the 15-18 age bracket was Doug McClung of Gramercy, La., with a five-fish limit weighing 15 pounds, 13 ounces. Robert Rahm of Bloomfield, N.M., followed in third place with 15 pounds, 5 ounces.

McMorris, the 11-14 age division champion, used drop shots and deep crankbaits to bring five fish to the scales for a limit of 15 pounds, 13 ounces. The Bloomfield, N.M., native credited his skill to watching The Bassmasters on ESPN2.

"Everything worked today," said McMorris. "We found a great spot in the last part of pre-fish and spent most of the day there."

McMorris attributed some of his success to his Elite pro, Yusuke Miyazaki. McMorris said Miyazaki taught him how to work his graph and electronics from Miyazaki.

Tyler Dennis of Shawnee, Okla., tipped the scales with five fish totaling 14 pounds, 8 ounces for second place, while Hunter Gaines of Wittman, Ariz., caught five fish for 14 pounds, 6 ounces for third place.

Dennis claimed the Purolator Big Bass prize in the 11-14 age division with a largemouth bass that weighed 4 pounds, 4 ounces.

The Purolator Big Bass for the 15-18 age division winner was John Newman of Oregon City, Ore., with a 7-pound, 1 ounce largemouth bass. The Purolator Big Bass winners each received a $1,000 scholarship.

Onondaga Lake is located on the outskirts of Syracuse, N.Y., and is 5 miles long and 1 mile wide. Just south of Lake Ontario, Onondaga has an area of 4.6 square miles and plenty of smallmouth bass for the taking.

The Junior Bassmaster World Championship showcases the top youth anglers in the world and provides youth anglers like Harrigan and McMorris the opportunity to fish competitively under BASS- the most visible tournament structure in the world.

"It's an event that continues to grow, and to see how far it has come in just four years is really amazing," said Stacy Twiggs, senior manager of the Federation Nation and youth programs. "The Federation Nations across the country have done a tremendous job to establish these youth programs."

Results

2008 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 8/10-8/10

Onondaga Lake, LIVERPOOL NY.

15-18 year old Age Division Final Standings

>Angler                  
Hometown             
No./lbs-oz  Pts
>

>1. 
Kyle
Harrigan         
Bradley Beach,
NJ       
5  16-01  305

>2. 
Doug
McClung          
Gramercy,
LA            
5  15-13  295

>3. 
Robert
Rahm          
 Bloomfield,
NM          
5  15-05  288

>3. 
Brad
Rutherford       
Avonia,
GA              
5  15-05  288

>5. 
Joshua
Bender         
Lakewood,
CO            
5  14-12  280

>6. 
Eddie
Levin           
Westerville,
OH         
5  14-11  276

>7. 
Zach
Alexander        
Salt Lake City,
UT      
5  14-02  272

>8. 
Jordan
Decker         
Clarkson,
KY            
5  14-01  268

>9. 
Sam Chavez-Strickler   Castleford,
ID          
5  14-00  264

>10.
Andrew
Loberg         
Rocklin,
CA             
5  13-15  259

>10.
Austin
Terry          
San Angelo,
TX          
5  13-15  259

>12.
Aaron
Pounds          
Houston,
WV             
5  13-14  254

>13.
Colt
McMahan          
Tecumseh,
OK            
5  13-09  251

>14.
Zach
Brooks           
Saint Joseph,
IL        
5  12-15  248

>15.
Dalton
Wilson         
Houston,
MO             
5  12-05  245

>16.
Halden
Smith          
Missoula,
MT            
5  12-00  243

>17. JP
Weber              
Hampshire,
IL           
5  11-03  241

>18.
Daniel
Tuite          
Pawtucket,
RI           
5  11-02  239

>19.
Frank
King            
Summerville,
SC         
5  10-10  237

>20.
Jacob
Wheeler         
Indianapolis,
IN        
5  10-08  235

>21.
Charl Engelbrecht     
Auckland Park SAMOA     
5  10-05  233

>22.
Branson
Schmidt       
Greenacres,
WA          
5  08-13  231

>23.
Brett
Glodfelter      
Nescopeck,
PA           
5  08-00  229

>24.
Justin
Hamner         
Northport,
AL           
4  07-06  227

>25.
John
Newman           
Oregon  City,
OR        
2  07-01  225

>26.
Jordan
Graham         
Center Point, IA
        4 
06-12  223

>27.
Daniel
Hoffman        
Chester,
NY             
2  06-11  221

>28.
Derek
Kuntz           
Inver Grove Heights, MN  3  06-10  219

>29.
Steven Littlefield     Abington,
MA            
4  06-04  217

>30.
Ryan
Jimenez          
Elko, NV
                4 
05-04  215

>31.
Joseph
Parker         
Commerce Township, MI    3 
05-01  213

>32.
Will
Dionisio         
New Fairfield,
CT       
4  04-15  211

>33.
Ryan
Rogers           
Bowmanville
CANADA      
3  04-02  209

>34. Sam
Nelson            
Hutchinson,
KS          
2  03-11  207

>35.
Matt
Gray             
Bryant,
AR              
2  02-11  205

>36.
Bill
Staley           
Smithsburg,
MD          
1  02-10  203

>37. CJ
Johnson            
Ocean Springs,
MS       
1  02-07  201

>38.
Christian Johnson     
Iron Station,
NC        
2  02-03  199

>39.
Bryce
Breslin         
Dunedin,
FL             
1  01-11  197

>40.
Seth
Davis            
Decatur,
TN             
1  01-07  195

>41.
Nate
King             
Dayton,
ME              
1  01-01  193

>42.
Matt
Peed             
Tyndall,
SD             
1  00-15  191

>43.
Chaz
Antos            
Wickenburg,
AZ          
0  00-00    0

>43.
Jacob
Dugan           
Townsend,
DE            
0  00-00    0

>43.
Blake
Gillispie       
Cascade,
VA             
0  00-00    0

>43.
Jacob
Pyzer           
North Platte,
NE        
0  00-00    0

>43.
James
Richardson      
Alton,
NH               
0  00-00    0

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>Big
BASS of Tournament

>    
John
Newman             
Oregon  City, OR   
04-05      
$1,000.00

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>Totals

>Day  
#Limits   
#Fish      Weight

> 1       
23      
160       376-02

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>         
23      
160       376-02

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2008 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 8/10-8/10

Onondaga Lake, LIVERPOOL NY.

14-17 year old Age Division Final Standings

>
Angler                  
Hometown        
     No./lbs-oz 
Pts 

>1. 
Jordan
McMorris       
Bloomfield,
NM          
5  15-03  305

>2. 
Tyler
Dennis          
Shawnee,
OK             
5  14-08  295

>3. 
Hunter
Gaines         
Wittmann,
AZ            
5  14-06  290

>4. 
Dylan
Pounds          
Houston,
WV           
  5  14-05  285

>5. 
Nick
Deering          
Portland,
ME            
5  13-08  280

>6. 
Cole
Bowen            
Colony,
KS              
5  13-06  276

>7. 
Blaine
Newman         
Kalispell,
MT           
5  12-15  272

>8. 
Dylan
Ralph           
Thornton, CO  
          5 
12-10  268

>9. 
Jacob
Lorea           
Magnolia,
DE            
5  12-05  264

>10.
Garath
Fulks          
San Angelo,
TX          
5  12-03  259

>10.
Bryan
Golding         
Pleasant Valley, NY     
5  12-03  259

>12.
Lowell
Turner         
Bradford,
RI            
5  12-02  254

>13.
Ryan
Mezenen          
Clinton,
UT             
5  11-09  251

>14.
Michael
Evers         
Innisfil ONTARIO CANADA  5  11-06  248

>15. Ben
Winge             
Chaska,
MN              
4  09-08  245

>16.
Dakota
Jones         
 Mead,
WA                
5  08-15  242

>16.
Chris
Potts           
Carmichael,
CA          
4  08-15  242

>18.
Jared
Raymer          
Brandenburg,
KY         
4  08-09  239

>19.
Robert
Jones          
Battle Mountain, NV     
5  08-02  237

>20. Ben
Sharpton 
         Hartwell,
GA            
5  07-05  235

>21.
Richard
Vespa         
Millis,
MA              
5  07-00  233

>22.
Logan
Latuso          
Gonzales,
LA            
3  06-08  231

>23.
Zach
Rubendall        
Sioux Falls,
SD         
2  05-15  229

>24.
Brett
Ellis           
Hattiesburg,
MS         
4  05-13  227

>25.
Ryan
Edwards          
Stuart,
FL              
3  05-10  225

>26.
Brody
McWilliams      
Greenwood,
IN           
2  04-04  223

>27.
Will
Brown            
Wetumpka,
AL            
3  04-02  221

>28.
Drew
Brantley         
Gaston,
SC              
2  04-00  219

>29.
Mitchell
Willis       
Lincoln,
VA             
2  03-10  217

>30.
Noah
Garnica          
Potomac,
IL             
1  02-15  215

>31.
Justin
Rollans        
Little Rock,
AR         
3  02-12  212

>31.
Nick
Diamandas        
Oak Ridge,
NJ           
1  02-12  212

>33. Max
Brovarney         
Wauwatosa,
WI           
2  02-07  209

>34.
Chase
Frechette       
Flushing,
MI            
1  02-06  207

>35.
Dean
Dewet            
Kirstenhof
SAMOA        
1  02-04  205

>36.
Zack
Zeno             
Southbury,
CT           
2  02-03  203

>37.
Josh
Abernathy        
Estacada,
OR            
1  02-00  201

>38.
Alec
Engleman         
Milton,
PA              
1  01-10  199

>39.
Lane
Kemper           
Olive Branch, MS
        1 
01-06  196

>39.
Travis
Rockett        
Intervale,
NH           
1  01-06  196

>41.
Wesley Allensworth     Hannibal,
MO            
0  00-00    0

>41.
Nick
Dietrich         
Fork,
MD                
0  00-00    0

>41.
Justin
Isaacs         
Mooresville,
NC         
0  00-00    0

>41.
Dakota
Nelson         
Anamosa,
IA             
0  00-00    0

>41.
Colton
Nichols        
Howard,
OH              
0  00-00    0

>41.
Brad
Schaefer         
Omaha,
NE               
0  00-00    0

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>Big
BASS of Tournament

>    
Tyler
Dennis         
Shawnee, OK   
          04-05 
   $1,000.00

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>Totals

>Day  
#Limits   
#Fish      Weight

> 1       
18      
138       304-14

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18      
138       304-14