Young Rockwall angler helps college fishing team achieve No. 1 ranking

Jan. 24—Ben Cully of Rockwall helped his college fishing team, the Carson-Newman University Eagle Anglers, achieve its current No. 1 point standing in the race for this season's Bass Pro Shops School of the Year.

At the Major League Fishing College Series Championship at Lake Taho in Florida two weeks ago, Cully and his Carson-Newman teammate, Hayden Gaddis, finished at eighth place. Meanwhile, at the same competition, another Carson-Newman team finished 13th place.

The strong performance of Carson-Newman's anglers at Lake Taho added to a winning streak that started at the Harris Chain of Lakes the previous week, in which two other two-man teams from the university finished at fourth and 12th place.

This is the first time the Eagle Anglers have earned the overall top ranking for the season in their program's seven-year history, giving the team an encouraging lead well before the season's end in May.

"Being ranked No. 1 at this point in the season is very exciting for our guys," the team's coach, Hunter Sales said. "They've done an excellent job taking care of business, both on and off the water. If we're able to stay focused through the spring, we have a real chance to bring our first School of the Year title back to Jefferson City."