The four Orange County High School 4-H Angler teams of two anglers each captured the Virginia State High School Fishing Championship sponsored by The Bass Federation of Virginia. The tournament was held at Buggs Island, Boydton, Virginia, on Saturday, May 21, and attracted teams from North Carolina and Virginia. Buggs Island is a new lake for the Orange team and the members did extremely well in their pre-fish evaluation. Three out of four Orange teams caught their limit of five fish.
Dylan McGhee caught the big fish (the tie breaker) for all teams across both states, a 4+ pounds largemouth bass on a green pumpkin carolina rig. He and his partner Franklin Marrs tied for 4th place in the Virginia standings with a total bag weight of 8.46 lbs. Michael Sidle and Steven Mundell had a total weight of 8.46 lbs. for their five fish. Kasey Henshaw and Austin Clore caught 4 fish for a total of 5.79 lbs. Devon Bowling and Austin Mitchell had nearly 9.6 lbs, but were penalized most of that weight due to a mix up in weigh-in time. The top three teams for Orange accounted for 22 lbs. and thus brought home the championship trophy for Orange. All those who participated may advance to the World Finals in Russellville, Arkansas, the end of July. Adult boat captains Wayne Dorman, Brian Green, Guy Davis, and OCHS Sponsor - Becky Gore volunteered their time to get these youngsters on the water.