Two Hamburg High School seniors placed in the top three out of more than 300 teams during the High School Fishing World Finals in Wisconsin.
Ben Brockwell and Austin Fleming fished in the finals in Lacrosse, Wis., on the Mississippi River. They finished in third place and won more than $100,000 in scholarship money.
On day one of the tournament Fleming and Brockwell weighed in with three fish for a total weight of 6-15 pounds, putting them 90th in the rankings. Two other Hamburg High School students, Dalton Haynes and Brantley Anders, weighed in with 8-01 pounds that day and were ranked 31.
On day two, Brockwell and Fleming advanced into 77th place with a total weight of 5-14 pounds. Haynes and Anders were ranked at 45 after the second day after weighing in with 6-01 pounds.
The semi finals were on day three and Fleming and Brockwelll jumped into fifth place with three fish weighing a total of 10-04 pounds. Haynes and Anders were holding the 27th spot after a day three weigh-in of 7-14 pounds.
The top 12 teams from the semi finals moved to the finals round with the top eight teams from the second chance round and the top eleven teams from the High School National Championship Finals Tournament.
Out of those 31 teams, Brockwell and Fleming tied for second place weighing in with a 9-03 pounds. The winning team, Tucker Veronee and Landon Gramling of Gilbert S.C., weighed in with 9-06 and were offered more than $250,000 in scholarship money.
The team that tied with Brockwell and Fleming was from Morgan County, Georgia.