Sean Mercier and Kyle Verhelle from Brighton High School “grinded it out” on the Grand River to claim the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation High School State Championship with a two-day total of 26.43 pound. Sunburned, sweating, and physically exhausted, the team capitalized on a frog pattern to move from up from 4th place to 1st on Championship Sunday.
This is Mercier’s and Verhelle’s first MBN Championship and both commented that they are excited to represent Michigan at the 2018 B.A.S.S. High School National Championship. The team won’t be alone, as their teammates Ryan Ferrence and Logan Johnson are also National Qualifiers from MBN High School Team Trail. Coach Tom Keefer commented that he couldn’t be happier for the anglers and the Brighton Bass Fishing Club.
TJ Paul and Kollen Kimmerling from Pennfield HS finished close behind at 24.06 pounds. Paul, a junior, and Kimmerling, a senior, will also be heading to Nationals.
The team of Keegan Ballew and Michael Nunez brought in a 5.07 pound smallmouth for the HS Big Fish Award.