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City boy reels in top prize

July 21, 2000|By DON WORTHINGTON

City boy reels in top prize



A 9-year-old Hagerstown boy out-cast four other regional champions Friday to win the BASS Masters national Casting Kids competition for children age 7 to 10.

Jessey Flowers, the son of Richard and Chris Flowers, won the title at the 30th Annual BASS Masters Classic Show in Chicago.

The Chicago championship completed a string of competitions that began with the Clear Springs Carnival last August, said Betty Henson, one of the boy's grandparents. Flowers won the state competition in Baltimore and advanced to the national event by winning a regional casting meet in Knoxville, Tenn.

Henson said her grandson has a lifelong love for fishing. He started when he was 17 months old, she said.

The event was held in McCormick Place. Among the prizes Henson said her grandson won was a $5,000 college scholarship.

The BASS Masters Casting Kids program began in 1991 and is open to young people in two age groups, 7-10 and 11-14.

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According to the BASS Masters' Web site, the goals of the competition are to involve America's youth in fishing and to foster an appreciation for the outdoors.

The CastingKids are based on the old National Football League's punt, pass and kick events.

In Casting Kids the challenges are to cast, pitch and flip.

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