First-place haul

The Handley fishing team of Evan Pike (left) and Kyle Knoll won Saturday's BassNation Regional Tournament on Lake Eufaula.

Handley’s two-man fishing team of Kyle Knoll and Evan Pike finished first place at the Alabama BassNation Regional Tournament in Eufaula on Saturday with a weight of 19.9 pounds.

This win has qualified Knoll and Pike to compete in the national championship tournament to be held in Paris, Tenn., later this summer.

With their first-place finish in Eufaula and their fifth-place finish in the previous tournament in Tuscaloosa, the pair are currently at the top of the points standings for angler of the year in their division.

The Handley High School six-man team of Knoll and Pike, Caleb Henry and Zach Norris, and Blayton Mangram and Gabe Taylor also finished in third place in the tournament with a combined weight of 27.03 pounds.

This has qualified all six of these students to compete in the BassNation State Championship tournament that will be held on Lake Demopolis on June 5 and 6.

Cainan Vowell and Cody Lane also participated in the tournament and completed with a total weight of 2.8 pounds. Matthew Towers also participated with Tyler Gosdin as his observer.

Handley High School would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters who make it possible for these students to participate in this expensive endeavor. They would also like to thank their boat captains for the tournament Ed Knoll, Adam Mangram, Richard Corbett, Freddie Reese and Brian Nash for taking their time to help all our students. This would not be possible without these people providing their boats and their time to teach and coach these students while not being able to fish themselves.

The coaches for the Handley Fishing Team are Ed Knoll and Richard Head.

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