Ricky Baker holds up a 10 pound, 18 ounce bass he caught during Saturday’s tournament. Baker finished first overall. | Robert Hudson
Ricky Baker holds up a 10 pound, 18 ounce bass he caught during Saturday’s tournament. Baker finished first overall. | Robert Hudson

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Fishing tournament reels in $4,000 for HBS cheerleaders

Published 6:54pm Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Horseshoe Bend School varsity cheerleaders reeled in big earnings during Saturday’s annual bass fishing tournament at Wind Creek State Park.

Tammy East, varsity cheer coach at Horseshoe Bend School, said the annual tournament raised enough money for the girls to purchase new uniforms for the upcoming year.

“This was our sixth tournament, and last year we had 49 boaters, but this year we had 47, so we’re maintaining our numbers year to year,” East said. “We raised around $4,000, which was excellent. The girls will now be able to purchase new uniforms.”

Ricky Baker claimed the first-place prize during the tournament with five fish weighing 25 pounds and 22 ounces. Baker also reeled in the biggest fish of the day at 10 pounds and 18 ounces.

The second-place finisher was the team of Winslett and McMullars with 17 pounds, 8 ounces.

East said the tournament went well, which she credits to the guaranteed payouts offered, including a first-place prize of more than $1,000.

“Moving forward, we’re going to continue guaranteeing our prize money. I’ve heard a lot of feedback from fishermen saying that is their draw to our tournament,” East said. “The girls are able to make that guarantee through sponsor donations. The more sponsors we can commit, the larger the prize money.”

East added that the American Bass Anglers played a big part in the event’s success.

“I want to thank the American Bass Anglers. They are our coordinator for the tournament, and we couldn’t have it without their support,” East said.

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