GROVE, Okla. — Pro Kyle Weisenburger from Ottawa caught a five-bass limit weighing 24 pounds, 12 ounces, to take the lead on the opening day of the FLW Tour at the Grand Lakee.
Pros Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas (20-2), and Miles Burghoff of Hixson, Tennessee (19-12), are the closest anglers to Weisenburger in second and third place as the four-day tournament, which features 165 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals casting for a top award of up to $125,000, heads into day two.
Weisenburger found his the majority of his big limit in a single pocket, although he was also able to run around his creek arm and replicate his pattern on a couple other spots.
“I had a couple of good little stretches and caught 12 or 13 fish today, which is quadruple anything that I had done in practice,” said Weisenburger, who is fishing in his third season as a pro on the FLW Tour. “I think it was more area-oriented – when I got the stuff I was looking for, I got a couple of bites.
“I caught fish on two different baits. I had three rods on my deck, but threw primarily just two baits and when I got in the right area they would really eat one of them. The conditions let me know which one I was going to throw. I checked the forecast and I believe it will be similar tomorrow, which is good because it really set up right for me today.”
Elida 10, LCC 3
ELIDA — Abby Smith had three hits and five RBI and teammate Addie Miller had two hits, including a double, and two RBI. Abby Watkins and Victoria Lauck each had two hits and two RBI and Kennedy Parker had two hits, including a double, for Lima Central Catholic.
Bluffton 2, Ottawa-Glandorf 1
GLANDORF — Winning pitcher Libby Schaadt threw a complete seven-inning game while allowing three hits and three walks while striking out 12. Bluffton’s Averey Rumer and O-G’s Katelyn Yoder each had a hit and an RBI.
Shawnee 7, St. Henry 6
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Laken George doubled and had three RBI and Allie Hutchins tripled and had two RBI for the host Indians. Olivia Winner had two RBI for the Redskins.
Waynesfield-Goshen 21, Pandora Gilboa 9
WAYNESFIELD — Peyton Spencer had a double, a triple, a home run and six RBI, Cassidy Craig had two home runs, a double and four RBI and Kyleigh Bigelow had two hits for W-G. Makiya Brown had a hit and two RBI and Mikayla Simons had a hit and an RBI for P-G.
Ada 13, Cory-Rawson 1
ADA — Alexis Waugh had two hits and three RBI, Leona Dalton had two hits, including a double, and two RBI, Raina England had two hits, including a double, and an RBI and Alexis Ennis had a hit and two RBI for Ada.
Marion Local 6
WAPAKONETA — Tianna Thompson had two doubles, a single and four RBI, Alex Daum had two hits, including a double, and an RBI and Alyssa Camper had two hits and an RBI for the host Redskins. Marion Local’s individual stats were not reported by deadline.
Antwerp 13, Continental 0
CONTINENTAL — Riley Fenter and Mackenzie Rayle each had a hit for Continental.
Parkway 12, Celina 8
ROCKFORD — Bailey Strickler had two hits, including a double, and three RBI, Allie Ford had three hits and two RBI, Claire Langenkamp had a double and a triple and Alyssa Miller homered for Parkway. Celina’s Emily Keith hit a grand slam home run and doubled.
Hardin Northern 4, Arcadia 3
ARCADIA — Zoey Curtis and Gabbi Hackworth each had two hits and an RBI and Eris McCoy had two hits for Hardin Northern.
Paulding 8, Wayne Trace 7
PAULDING — Jalynn Parrett had four hits and two RBI, Gabbie Stallbaum had two hits and two RBI and Kaela Lucas had a base hit, double and an RBI for Paulding.
Crestiview 9, Van Wert 1
VAN WERT — Bailey Gregory and Liv Cunningham each had a single and a double for Crestview.
Minster 10, Spencerville 1
MINSTER — Winning pitcher Ethan Lehmkuhl allowed two hits while striking out six. Jack Heitbrink had two hits, including a double, and two RBI and teammate Mike Ketne had a pair of hits. Jaden Shimp had a hit and an RBI and Mason Myers had a hit for Spencerville.
Shawnee 5, Coldwater 2
COLDWATER — Justin Behnke had three hits, Jake Hutchins had two hits and an RBI and Logan Maxwell had two hits, including a double, for Shawnee. Noah Miller had three hits and Mitch Niekamp had two hits for Coldwater.
Ottawa-Glandorf 11, Miller City 4
OTTAWA — Ethan Alt had three hits, Trey Nienberg had two hits and two RBI, Wes Davidson had two hits and an RBI and Jarrett Johns had a double and three RBI for O-G. C Kuhlman had two hits, Jacob Koenig had a hit and two RBI and Ezra Deitering had a hit and an RBI for Miller City.
Marion Local 6,
WAPAKONETA — Garrett Siefring and JR Young each doubled for the host Redskins. Marion Local’s stats were not reported by deadline.
St. Henry 7, St. Marys 2
ST. HENRY — Jay Knapke and Isaac Ontrop each had two hits for the host Redskins.
Ada 2, Cory-Rawson 1
ADA — Winning pitcher Phillip Coulson threw a complete seven-inning game, allowing no earned runs, seven hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. Teammate Brandon Hull had a hit and an RBI.
Hardin Northern 1
ARCADIA — Luke Wilson had a hit and an RBI for Hardin Northern.
Fort Recovery 8, Greenville 4
FORT RECOVERY — Garrett Faller had two doubles and three RBI, Ryne Post had three hits, including a double, Kody Shinabery had two hits and an RBI and Riley Will had two hits for the host Indians.
New Bremen 8, Riverside 1
DEGRAFF — Nick Wells, Ben Kuck and Justin Tenkman combined to allow no earned runs, two hits and two walks while striking out eight over seven innings. Aaron Vonderhaar had three hits, including a double, and an RBI for New Bremen.
Lincolnview 2, Fort Jennings 1
MIDDLE POINT — Winning pitcher Collin Overholt threw a seven inning complete game, allowing no earned runs, four hits, no walks and 11 strikeouts. Overholt also had a hit and RBI as did Fort Jennings’ Aaron Koeppel.
Bryan 3, Elida 1
BRYAN — Luke Burger doubled and had an RBI for Elida.
Antwerp 4, Paulding 1
PAULDING — Jaret Miller doubled for Paulding.
DELPHOS — St. John’s had scored 11 runs in the first inning for an 11-0 advantage before the game was suspended due to poor field conditions. Roy Almonte had a double and two RBI and JT Vaviano had a double and three RBI. No makeup date has been announced.
Van Wert 4, Bath 0
Singles players Zane Fast and Nick Carter won matches. Van Wert’s doubles victories were by default. The singles match between Van Wert’s Kannen Wannenmacher and Jacob Garver was suspended with Wannenmacher leading 6-3, 3-2.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — The Elida at Shawnee match was rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4.
UNOH coach resigns
LIMA — Mike Armbruster, the director of operations and head women’s basketball coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio, has accepted an assistant athletic director position at North Carolina Wesleyan College, a NCAA Division III institution located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
Armbruster was the head coach for the Racer women’s basketball team for four seasons, with the 2018-19 and 2015-16 squads qualifying for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament.
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