Erie, PA – Friday September 27, 2008
West Virginia held on to the lead today to win the title of 2009 Mid-Atlantic Division Champions and take home the lion’s share of the prize purse. When today’s weigh-in started it looked for a while like West Virginia would let it slip through their hands, but a late rally by the last flight of anglers proved to be more than enough to best the other 6 states and win the Division Cup and the title. West Virginia is the 2009 host of this event and they are pumped it being in their home state next year. The West Virginia team finished the three day event with 278-5. Team Captain Jody Green said from the weigh-In stage, “This team worked together better than any team I have ever seen. I cannot tell you how proud of them I am.”
Finishing in second was the bride’s-maid team of New Jersey who has finished second three times in a row now and is hungry for a win. They finished the event with 253-15. The big mover of the day was the host state of Pennsylvania, who started day 1 in last place, then moved up one place to sixth on day 2 and jumped into third today with a strong finish and ended up with 247-15. Delaware, the defending champions gave up the Division Champions Cup and dropped two places to finish in fourth with 246-15. Virginia finished in fifth at 230-8, Nations Capitol wound up in si
xth at 218-2 and Maryland finished seventh with 185-12.
In the individual standings New Jerseys Scott Weiland continued his consistent catches by burning a chartreuse spinner bait with chartreuse blades, he weighed in the four fish limit each day and never had a bag under 15 pounds. His total three day weight was 48-13 and good enough by more than five pounds to claim the title of Mid-Atlantic Division Champion and the Castrol Maximum Performer $500 cash bonus. He is on his way to the 2009 TBF Federation National Championship as a boater. Joining him from New Jersey as a non-boater Nick Angiulo who finished second on the New Jersey team.
West Virginia’s Bob Harkness wound up the event with a three day total of 43-5, placing him in second overall and leading his team. He also is on his way to Branson, Mo for the 2009 TBF Federation National Championship. The non-boater at the championship from West Virginia will be Eric Stewart.
The top two anglers from each of the other states also earned a berth in the Championship. They are;
Pennsylvania; Boater Brent McNeal, and Non-Boater Steven Allard
Delaware; Boater Greg Alexander, Non-Boater Tommy Dadds
Virginia; Bobby Williams, Boater, Rueben Williams, Non-Boater
Nations Capitol(DC); Nate Routzahn, Boater and Danny Shanz, Non-Boater
Maryland; Dennis Pearl, Boater and Brandon Clark, Non-Boater