New York’s Pittsford Mendon High School Wins MLF High School Fishing Open on Smith Mountain Lake

HUDDLESTON, Va. (May 2, 2022) – The Pittsford Mendon High School team of Rein Golub of Pittsford, New York, and Matthew Pitcher, of Rochester, New York, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open at Smith Mountain Lake and earn their way into the 2022 High School Fishing National Championship.

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

2nd: HS Potomac River Bass Master – Joah Coley, Kearneysville, WV, and Jarren Crowder, Clearspring, Md., five bass, 14-8
3rd: Capital City Jr Bass Masters – Wade Detweiler, Dillsburg, Pa., and Jacob Vanscoik, Dauphin, Pa., five bass, 12-13
4th: Badin Bandits Fishing Team – Bo Helms, Albemarle, NC, and Ethan Palmer, Richfield, NC, five bass, 11-5
5th: Madison High School, Marshall, NC – Matthew Crawford, Marshall, NC, and Gavin Gault, Mars Hill, NC, three bass, 10-13
6th: Pulaski County, Dublin, Va. – Logan Martin and Dustin Martin, both of Dublin, Va., five bass, 10-10
7th: Lisbon Central High School, Lisbon, NY – Connor Bell and Matthew Kinney, both of Lisbon, NY, five bass, 10-1
8th: Pequannock Township High School, Pequannock Township, NJ – Nicholas Dellaporta, Pequannock, NJ, and Taylor Marcel, Accord, NY, five bass, 8-7, $400
9th: West Laurens High School, Dexter, Ga. – Cameron Boston and Ryan Soles, both of Dublin, Ga., three bass, 8-4
10th: Elizabethton High School, Elizabethton, Tenn. – Owen Wheeler, Kingsport, Tenn., and Spencer Winstead, Johnson City, Tenn., four bass, 7-0

Complete results from the event can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open at Smith Mountain Lake was hosted by Destination Bedford. The next event for High School Fishing anglers will be the MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open again on Smith Mountain Lake, June 4, in Huddleston, Virginia.

MLF High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournaments are free, two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and are open to any MLF and TBF Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10% of teams at each Open event, along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships, will advance to the 2022 High School Fishing National Championship. The 2022 MLF High School Fishing National Championship will be held on Pickwick and Wilson Lakes in Florence, Alabama, June 22-25, and is hosted by the Florence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The High School Fishing National Champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice and advance to the 2022 MLF Toyota Series Championship to compete as co-anglers.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, ARE Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, TH Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular High School Fishing updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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