JOHN DAY - Jacob Morin, 11, from Mt. Vernon, Tony Redden 10, from John Day, along with 8-year-olds Connor Broemeling from John Day and Dayville's Justin Larson came away as the winners in the Bassmaster CastingKids contest at the Grant County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Presented by Chevy Trucks and CITGO, the event was held in conjunction with the John Day Flea Market and conducted by members of the John Day Valley Bass Club.
Similar to the NFL's Punt, Pass and Kick competition, Bassmaster CastingKids tests the flipping, pitching and casting skills of boys and girls ages 7-to-10 and 11-to-14.
Winners at the local level of competition were awarded medallions and Zebco rods and reels.
All participants in the contest received a Bassmaster CastingKids Certificate of Competition and a copy of Bassmaster CastingKids magazine.
Local winners will advance to the state competition and the state winners will advance to the semifinals, where only 10 competitors, five in each age category, will earn a trip to the Bass Master Classic and a share of over $20 thousand in scholarships.
Redden, Larson, Morin and Broemeling will be vying for the state championships on Saturday, Feb. 22 in Wilsonville, and a chance to advance to the regional competition set for May 17-18 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.