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Local high school fishing team helps those in need

Bullard Panthers Fishing Club
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POSTED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 6:44pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 7:22pm

Bullard high school has an eight person fishing team and they are doing pretty well. But, that's not all. They also have benefit tournaments to help those in need in the Bullard community.

"It's fun to get them out of the house, get him off the video games, so it's fun to see him do well and the excitement that they show," said Bullard Panthers Fishing Club advisor Tim Haugh.

Now, the Bullard Panthers Fishing Club, with eight members, and three active teams of two, are in their third season. This year, Haugh, and eight other high school advisors across Northeast Texas started the Texas High School Bass Association. They now have 30 high schools involved and more than 250 students. They are giving away about $15,000 in scholarship money.

"In the tournaments we had before, there weren't any scholarships being offered and we thought this would be the best case scenario for all the kids involved. And if we can send them to further their education and have fun doing it, it's a win-win for everybody," said Haugh. 

One of their two person teams, Kevin Haugh and Landen Beckham, placed third out of 160 high schools.

"We're glad to be in the spot and a chance to win angler of the year so its pretty exciting," said senior and president of the club Landen Beckham.

But, that's not all the Bullard Panthers are doing. Last year, they had a benefit fishing tournament for a local girl with heart problems. They are having a 2nd annual Kaylee Graves Benefit Tournament on Lake Palestine in April.

This year, they are having one that hits a little closer to home.

A teammate's stepdad is sick. They will have a benefit tournament for Kirk Russell on March 29 on Lake Palestine.

"It's needed. I'm glad they're doing it," said his son Bailey Thomas.

"We're helping out a friend in need, so hopefully a lot of boats will show up and we will have a good turnout," said Beckham.

www.bullardpanthersfishingclub.com.

www.northtexashighschoolbassassn.com.
 

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