DARE Buddy Bass winners named
Winners have been announced in the first DARE Buddy Bass Tournament to benefit the Barry County DARE program. The tournament was held on Saturday, April 6, at the Cape Fair Marina.
Taking home first place in the fundraising event were Bobby Whittier and Gary Willis, with five bass, with the biggest weighing in at 5.48 pounds. The duo brought in a total of 18.26 pounds. He took home the grand prize of $700.
Second place went to Darin Wilson and David Wilson, who also brought in a total of five fish. The largest fish weighed 3.88 pounds with a total weight of 12.84 pounds.
Third place went to Jeff Chappel and Toby Sorenson, who reeled in five bass, the largest weighing 3.64 pounds. Their total catch weighed 11.8 pounds.
Fourth place winners were D.J. Applegate and Brandon Stevens, who caught five fish weighing a total of 11.64 pounds. The largest bass weighed 3.16 pounds.
Placing fifth were Stan White and Mick Epperly, with a total catch of 9.64 pounds. The large bass in the catch weighed in at 2.40 pounds.
Sixth place winners were Earl Best and Mike Cooper, with a catch of four fish weighing a total of 8.78 pounds.
Seventh place went to Nick Roberson and Rod Park, who caught two fish weighing a total of 7.20 pounds.
Eighth place went to Shane Snodgrass and John Vincent, who caught three bass weighing a total of 6.56 pounds.
Ninth place winners were Terry Leathem and Jim Ramsey, who reeled in two fish weighing a total of 5.38 pounds.
Taking the 10th place slot, were Craig Noblitt and Ryan Korzaan, reeling in two fish weighing a total of 5.04 pounds.
A total of 30 boats entered into the inaugural tournament.
"This was a successful first effort for the DARE program," Epperly said. "We are excited and looking forward to next year's tournament with more people, more prizes and more fun.
"We are grateful to all the merchants who donated prizes and money for the DARE Buddy Bass Tournament," Epperly continued, "and we'd like to thank Stan White and Cape Fair Marina for the use of their docks."
DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is taught to students at Shell Knob, Washburn, Wheaton, Exeter, Purdy and Southwest schools in Barry County. Deputy Larry Stockton, of the Barry County Sheriff's Office, is the certified DARE instructor for the local program.