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 Well worth their weight, Mooresville High School fishing teammates (from left) Lucas Duncan and Isaiah Lane display catch used to improve the Blue Devils’ status for securing a berth in the national high school angling championship. 

This is one prized keeper Mooresville High School’s fishing program is not about to let get away.

The Blue Devils placed themselves in prime position for an invitation to the National High School Fishing Championship following their performance in the final scheduled regional appearance of the 2019 segment of the split-year schedule.

The Devils fielded one two-angler entry for the highest finish ever for the still-maturing program during the tour stop on Raleigh area’s Lake James to boost its chances of qualifying for the national championship competition.

The duo of boat mates Isaiah Lane and Lucas Duncan braved the season’s coldest temperatures, weathered mechanical boat problems and waited out an hour-long fog delay to post a sixth-place finish in the field of in excess of 50 teams.

It was the best-ever placement for a MHS team in any state-sanctioned high school fishing tournament.

“My hat’s off to both Isaiah and Lucas,’’ said J.J. Morse, the team’s head coach. “The seniors turned in a great performance when most of the field found conditions very tough.”

The pair anchored their performance with a large-sized small mouth bass that center-pieced their limit of five fish in the daylong stop to complete the final scheduled appearance of 2019.

As a result, the outcome bettered Mooresville’s effort to merit automatic inclusion into the national event.

“This really positions our team nicely for advancing to the national championship,’’ saiid Morse.

Three tournaments remain to take place, all of them scheduled for next year. Efforts logged in during those appearances will also be used to determine final bids for the national competition that will be held on Tennessee’s Lake Kentucky later in 2020.

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