The Beta Club members worked since September to collect money for the tournament so that they could offer pay outs that would attract the anglers. The businesses and community members are good to support the tournament, and it couldn't happen without them.
With 48 boats entering the tournament, the lake was busy on March 3. The Beta Club members were at the lake at 5:00 a.m. to offer doughnuts and coffee to the anglers, compliments of Salem Square Bakery. As the boats took off, it was a sight to see: one that the members won't forget. Beta Club officer Maci Romine said, "This is a record for number of boats, and we are excited. We hope to improve the tournament every year. Just walking around talking to the anglers is a lesson in itself because they know so much about the lake and the sport."
As fish were weighed, anglers stood by in anticipation hoping that they had the biggest bass and five fish with the most weight. Billy Cooley weighed the fish as Scott Faulkner and the Beta Club members helped get the fish back to water as quickly as possible. Kevin Pendergrass and Kim Smith-Harber kept records of the weights as Ted Kerley announced them to the spectators.
Winning the tournament and taking home $1000.00 were two local anglers, Tim Hurtt and Dennis Reynolds with a weight of 20.20 pounds. Placing second were Tony Moser and Robert Jackson with a weight of 19.30 pounds; they left with $600.00. Barry Aldridge and Tony Kerley placed third with a weight of 17.75 pounds. That won them $300.00. They also had big bass at 5.45 pounds and a win of another $200.00. In fourth, with a weight of 17.05 pounds and a cash amount of $160.00, were Ted Collins and Lanny Dooley. The rest of the places are as follows: 5th, Scott Lancaster and Lester Craig, 16.90; 6th, Darrell Stuart and Leon Newberry, 16.00; 7th, Drew Dawson and Bob Dawson, 15.95; 8th, Earl Erby and Sherman Sutterfield, 15.60; 9th, Justin Tyler and Randy Zeigler, 14.90; 10th, Kevin Roach and Terry Moore, 14.85; 11th, Denver Gulley and Shawn Walker, 14.35 and Torrey Bishop and Mike Holt, 14.35; 12th, Gene Bridges and Danny Bridges, 14.20; 13th, Ray Hollis and Wayne Guiltner, 14.05; 14th, Cy Claypool and Mark Gower, 14.00; 15th, Bob Foster and Delmer Sanders, 13.95; 16th, Jim Griffin and Tim Shannon, 13.85; 17th, Link Humphries and Marvin Maguffee, 13.65; 18th, Kyle Presley and Justin Yarbrough, 13.55; 19th, Nick Coleman and Seth Martin, 13.50; 20th, Verlin Cotter and Brent Chapman, 12.85; 21st, Marty Fox and Donald Fox, 12.75; 22nd, James Davis and Chance Davis, 12.70; 23rd, Brian Padgett and Ray Glueck, 12.50; 24th, Derek Hall and Stanley Hall, 12.40; 25th, Keith Conner and Justin Cooley, 11.95; 26th, Jeremy Skizer and Jeff Sisney, 11.80; 27th, Kelvin Preis and L.A. Lindsey, 11.55; 28th, Micah Tindall and Eli Powers, 11.45; 29th, Billy Cooley and Chris Cooley, 11.30; 30th, Tyler Beastring and Mike Welch, 10.30.
Now that the tournament is over, the Beta Club members are working on thank you letters and discussing ways to improve next year's tournament. Lakin Coffman, Beta Club officer, said, "We really appreciate everyone's support for this tournament. It not only allows us to branch out and talk with the anglers, but it teaches us about organization, responsibility, commitment, and social skills. The members are the ones who go to the businesses and ask for their support. We welcome the anglers and invite them back the next year. Once the tournament is over, we begin planning next year's tournament. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we look forward to it each year. Again, we thank everyone for their support of the Salem High School Beta Club."
Pictures and places will be posted on the Beta Club's website by the end of April. If you would like to view them, please go to salemschools.net and view the Beta Club page.
We thank the following businesses and community members: API Castings; Hair Kreations; Guffey's Pharmacy; B & B Supply; Walmart of Ash Flat; TRICO, Inc.; Bassham Construction; Big Red's; York Dozing & Backhoe; Vaughn's Package; The Hair Hut; Municipal Recreation Improvement District; Salem Feed; Bank of Salem; Shaver Plumbing & Hardware; Fin to Fur Wholesale; Anytime Signs; Cel-Star Inc. of Arkansas; Walmart of West Plains; Ray Hollis; Expressions; The Fishen Store; Salem Mighty Mite Football; Balance 30 Body Mind and Spirit; Entyzer Jigs; Nick Coleman, Shelter Insurance; Hughes, Welch, & Milligan; Therapy Works, Inc.; Lifelong Health Center; Radio Shack; Weldrite, Inc.; The Bargain Corner; Fish Candy Bait Company; Garland's Body Shop; Baker's Pharmacy; Dairy Queen; Dennis Everett Management; Salem Clinic; Gerry's Qwik Stop; Town & Country; Salem Drug Company; SABCO Insurance; John and Leslie Scribner; Sharp Office Supply; Palace Drug; Razorback Archery; Salem Square Bakery; Vikki and Karrol Fowlkes; Hardin's Bargains; Southfork River Therapy and Living Center; Salem Flower Shop; DO Outdoors, Inc.; Areawide Media; First National Banking Company; Fred's Fish House; Diana Kemp; Cedar View Gifts; Atkins Saw Shop; George Thomas CPA; Barker's Hilltop Package; Stile's Discount Grocery; Hirsch Feed & Farm Supply; George Jackson, M.D.; Sportsman's Edge; Hill's Auto Sales; AWL Wholesale Electric; Leon Newberry; J & J Tackle Box; Flash Market #371; Leon's Automotive; Lanton Crossroads; Tri-County Medical Supply; John Ed Welch CPA; Cox-Blevins Funeral Home; Salem Cablevision; North Arkansas Electric Cooperative; M & M Tackle; Cottonwood Inn; Short Title Company, Inc./Jim Short, Attorney at Law; Barker Funeral Home; First National Bank & Trust of Mountain Home; Salem Pipe & Steel Co.; Bishop Dozing; Smith Chiropractic; Groovy Little Flower Shop; Guiltner Heating & Cooling; Leslie Drugs; Bad Boy Mower; Modern Woodmen of America; Monty's Surplus; Ozark Wellness Chiropractic, Dr. Fiorino; Carpenter's Metal Recycling; Tim Shannon.