It’s springtime, and the bass are sure biting for the McDowell Titans fishing team. That’s especially true for the duo of Dawson Bartlett and Cole Weaver.
The Titans currently have two teams in the top nine in the standings of the B.A.S.S. Western N.C. High School and Junior Series, with Dawson and Weaver occupying second place, just eight points out of first.
Ty Allison and Three Young are ninth in points with two more tournaments left in the season.
Bartlett and Weaver have consistently placed near the top in all four tournaments, with their latest performance earning a fourth-place spot at Falls Lake. The duo also finished fourth at Lake Tillery back on Nov. 10 in the season opener. They also won big fish at Tillery with a mammoth 7.75 pound largemouth. They placed seventh at Lake Norman Dec. 1 and ninth at Norman March 8.
Bartlett and Weaver have 980 points and trail only the Freedom High team of Hunter Keller and Daniel Brackett (988). Allison and Young (934) are five points out of eighth place. Jackson Dowdle and Mason Brewer are 20th in points among more than 50 teams on the circuit.
Only two events are left on the schedule, the first of which is set for Lake Hickory April 24. The state championship will be in May, with location and date to be announced. The championship will be a two-day event, with Day 1 counting as the sixth regular-season points tournament of the year. Total combined weight from both days will determine the state champs.