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April 9, 2014

Region runners-up

SL’s Samuel and Matthew Woods take second, 5 boats from Laurel qualify for state tourney

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — MONTICELLO—South Laurel’s Samuel Woods and Matthew Woods took runner-up in the Region 3 bass fishing tournament, held Sunday at Conley Bottom on Lake Cumberland.

The Woods brothers caught five fish weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces, which placed them second in the region. The top 14 boats qualified for the state tournament, and Laurel County had five boats qualify, three from South Laurel and two from North Laurel.

Other South Laurel qualifiers were Wade Ball and Wesley Baker, who came in seventh with four fish caught for a total weight of nine pounds, nine ounces, and Brian Longworth and Ethan Baker, who placed 12th with four fish for a total weight of seven pounds, 15 ounces.

“I’m very pleased,” South Laurel coach Dennis Hammonds said. “We did well. All these kids are great and very dedicated to fishing. A-1 kids and very polite.”

North Laurel’s Casey Collett and Austin Williams came in fourth with five fish weighing 11 pounds, four ounces, while Gabe Blair and Lane Williams finished in sixth with four fish weighing nine pounds, 11 ounces.

“I’m very happy,” North Laurel coach Nathan Stewart. “We had two qualify and I couldn’t be happier. They spent three days fishing before the region. Gabe and Austin struggled in practice but the figured out some stuff and caught four fish. Casey and Austin were pretty consistent all week in practice.”

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