Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational

Bass Pro Shops manager David Smith  (left)  and Bass Pro Shops staff members Jack Uxa and Blaine Abbott congratulate Chip Malmstrom, Helias Crusaders bass fishing team coach, on his team’s victory in the Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational. (Photos courtesy of Bass Pro Shops)

Bass Pro Shops manager David Smith (left) and Bass Pro Shops staff members Jack Uxa and Blaine Abbott congratulate Chip Malmstrom, Helias Crusaders bass fishing team coach, on his team’s victory in the Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational. (Photos courtesy of Bass Pro Shops)

Helias, Southern Boone compete in high school bass tournament

Columbia, Mo.—The Columbia Bass Pro Shops showed its continuing support for high school bass fishing by holding a special tournament June 12 at the store’s pond.

The first Columbia Bass Pro Shops High School Invitational pitted the Helias Crusaders against the Southern Boone Eagles in a two-hour tournament. Columbia Bass Pro Shops manager David Smith said the event was a show of support by the company and his store for high school bass fishing. “We had two schools (Southern Boone and Helias) that for the last year participated with us to help promote the activity in their schools and because of their participation we invited them to this invitational tournament,” Smith said.

Seven Helias anglers and four Southern Boone anglers competed in the invitational featuring a hole-rotation format. “We separated the lake into four different sections and the kids were in groups,” Smith said. “They spent 30 minutes per section and then rotated to another section.”
The Helias Crusaders won the tournament and a $1,000 scholarship from the Columbia Bass Pro Shops store. The Helias team also swept the following awards: first place total weight, Ethan Johnson; second place, Hudsen Lee; third place, Jared Steinbeck; and big bass, Jacob Welch. The individual award winners received Bass Pro Shops gift cards.

Mexico Bassmasters club members served as weigh-in officials during the competition and cooked hot dogs for the anglers after the event. Club members helping with the tournament were Sid Stephens, Gary Pelzel, Kenny Miller, Brian Jarrett, Duane Mauzey, Geoff Lancaster, John Bleidistel and Mike Wallis.

Smith plans to make the tournament an annual event at the store and wants to add more teams. “We are hoping to continue to sponsor teams and would love to get some Columbia schools involved and a few more of the Jefferson City schools and surrounding area schools,” he said.

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