And the winners are...

Joe McClosky, left, and Morgan Winegardner, both Southern High School students and members of Southern Garrett Bass Slayers, show the trophies they won for taking first place in a statewide high school fishing tournament.

OAKLAND — Joe McClosky and Morgan Winegardner, fishing for the Southern Garrett Bass Slayers, won first place at the Maryland State High School Bass Fishing Championships on the Potomac River in Charles County recently.

The pair’s two-fish weight of 5 pounds, 6 ounces earned the top spot. McClosky caught the largest bass during the tournament at 3 pounds, 8 ounces.

The two anglers move on to fish sometime during 2015 in the B.A.S.S. High School National Championship at a location to be named.

The Southern Garrett Bass Slayers formed in March and is in the High School Division of the National Bassmaster Organization. Other members are Nicole McClosky, Ryan Roszell, Justin Peck, Troy Cumerlato, Trent Lohr, Cory Sturm, Bryce Friend and Colton Peck.

Accompanying the anglers at the Potomac River tournament were three captains, Bret Winegardner, Al Fiorelle and Jeremy Mathias. Twelve teams from throughout Maryland competed.

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