The team of Kevin Tidwell and Eric Shelton won the 18th Annual Governors Bass Tournament Saturday.
PARIS LANDING, Tenn. – The first time was the charm for Kevin Tidwell and Eric Shelton.
Fishing together as a team for the first time in the 18th Annual Governors Bass tournament, the duo walked away with the $5,000 first prize in the annual event, held Saturday, at Kentucky Lake, with launching occurring from Paris Landing State Park. A total 264 boats competed Saturday for $13,000 in prize money.
In fact, it was only the second Govs Bass tourney for Tidwell, from Bon Agua, while Shelton, an Erin native, competed eight times previously with other partners. However, the pair, which began fishing tourneys together last year, couldn’t have hooked up at a better time. Their five-fish limit, Saturday, produced a haul of 24.78 pounds, more than three pounds better than second-place Don Anelunde and Ava Robinson, of Clarksville, who took home $1,500.
Tidwell/Shelton also finished second in the big bass pot with a 8.42 catch, which netted them another $984. The duo fished in deeper waters north of Paris Landing, mostly in brush piles and around stumps.
Steve Bower, of Mansfield, and Robert Barrow, of Atwood, captured the Big Bass competition with an 8.89 catch, netting them $1476, and also took third—and $1,000—in the overall standings with a total catch of 20.92 pounds.
The team of Trey and Josh Clary, of Old Hickory, took fourth with a 19.14 catch, good enough for $600 in prize money.
Jonathan Puckett, of Clarksville, and Michael Wilson took fifth for $400, Wilson, a last-minute substitute, won the grand prize door prize drawing of a 150HP Mercury FourStroke motor, valued at more than $13,000.
Before the 2012 competition concluded, more than 50 boats registered for the 2013 tourney, which is tentatively slated for May 11 next year.
Photo and report courtesy Austin Peay Sports Information Department
By Alex Garmezy, Titans Online
|The Titans like the work ethic and high motor of defensive tackle Mike Martin.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Getting more athletic and versatile on defense has been a goal of the Titans’ coaching staff during the offseason. That’s why Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin was an easy choice for them in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Martin, a modern day Renaissance man known as a grinder on the football field, totaled 172 tackles, 10 sacks and 25 tackles for loss in 37 collegiate starts. General manager Ruston Webster said the 6-foot-1, 306-pound communications graduate is everything you want in a nose tackle.
“He is tough as nails, he is a grinder,” Webster said. “He doesn’t mind doing the dirty work and brings the kind of mentality that we want on our defense.”
Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and defensive line coach Tracy Rocker not only love Martin’s versatility, but also his background as a two-time state wrestling champion. Martin is considered shorter than the prototypical NFL defensive tackle, but says his background as a wrestler helps him in the trenches.
“Wrestling has really helped me with my leverage and my quickness getting off the snap,” Martin said. “Being able to have leverage, being able to be athletic and shoot on guys and work your hands. Especially in the pass rush and even the run, you have to shoot your hands, you have to get guys off of you and you have to make plays.”
Head Coach Mike Munchak, who went up against some of the NFL’s best defensive linemen throughout his Hall of Fame career, says Martin’s combination of technique and relentlessness is exactly what an offensive lineman doesn’t want to see.
“I guarantee you ask any guy that plays against him, those centers, that is the guy that they don’t want to play against,” Munchak said. “They can make guys look very bad if you are not playing hard every snap. It is fun to watch a guy like him.”
The Titans’ first player to be born in the 90’s is described as a high energy player who doesn’t quit.
“I’m a guy who’s not going to stop,” Martin said. “I’m a guy that the whistle is going to have to be blown three or four times for me to stop on the play.”
APSU took both games of a doubleheader against Morehead State Saturday to maintain their position atop the OVC standings.
With the threat of severe weather looming, Austin Peay and Morehead State elected to change up the schedule of their weekend baseball series and play a day-night doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Raymond C. Hand Park.
The schedule change made no difference to the Govs, who sent 11 seniors out on a winning note by sweeping the Eagles with a 17-5 win in Saturday’s opener and a 7-1 win in the nightcap in the final home series of the regular season.
“We got something from virtually everyone of our (seniors) this weekend,” Govs head coach Gary McClure said. “This was a complete team sweep this weekend. Everyone stepped up and made plays, but we were especially glad to send those seniors out on a high note.”
After taking Saturday’s opener, the Govs handed the ball to Andy Cox for the nightcap.
Six innings later, the senior left the mound for the final time at Raymond C. Hand Park with a masterful three-hit, six-strikeout performance.
The win (4-1) was the second of the week for Cox, who looked sharp in a win over Lipscomb Tuesday, but saved his best for the weekend.
“You can’t ask for much better than this,” Cox said. “It was Senior Night and I had my friends and family in the crowd cheering me on. The guys in the lineup and bullpen had my back. It was an awesome night.”
For the early part of Saturday afternoon, it looked like the weather might keep Cox from making the final home start of his career.
With heavy thunderstorms tracking to the north and south of Clarksville, the majority of rain stayed away despite brief periods of showers during both contests.
“That was the hardest part about today,” Cox said. “With all of the weather coming in I was just hoping I’d get a chance to get out there.”
Relievers Zane Leffew, Mike Hebert and Tyler Rogers all pitched an inning of relieve to preserve the win for Cox.
At the plate, fellow senior Greg Bachman led the Govs with a 2-for-4, four RBI performance. Jordan Hankins and Cody Hudson each had a pair of hits as the Govs recorded 10 hits as a team in the win.
After giving up a pair of runs in the top of the first, the Govs struck back for three of their own, fueled by a two-RBI single from Hankins.
The Govs would tack on a pair of runs an inning later behind a two-out single from Reed Harper, who finished 3-of-5 with four RBIs.
In the sixth, the Govs would add another trio of runs, two of which came on another RBI from Hankins – this time via a two-out double.
After the Eagles trimmed into the Govs deficit with a pair of eighth-inning runs, the Govs responded with seven runs in the bottom half of the inning.
A pair of seniors started the rally for the Govs, with Bachman reaching on a leadoff single and Tyler Childress sending a one-out pitch from Eagles reliever Jeff Arnold over the left field wall.
In all, the Govs pounded out 18 hits with leadoff hitters Michael Blanchard and Jon Clinard pounding out four hits each.
“I thought our guys did a fantastic job of getting two-out hits tonight,” McClure said. “They stepped up and made some big plays when we needed them most. Everyone was huge for us.”
On the mound, the Govs received a strong outing from Casey Delgado, who got the start in place of an injured Ryan Quick.
With several of his ex-teammates looking on in the crowd, the Columbia State transfer turned in one of his best performances of the season, scattering four hits and allowing three runs over seven innings.
“Casey competed like heck out there on the mound tonight,” McClure said. “He may not have had his best stuff, but he found a way to get it done.”
Delgado (6-4) picked up his team-leading sixth victory of the season.
With the wins, the Govs (32-19, 17-6 OVC) not only clinched a berth in next weekend’s Ohio Valley Conference tournament, they maintained their narrow lead over second-place Eastern Kentucky heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
The Govs will play their final non-conference game of the regular season Tuesday when they travel to future OVC member Belmont.
And, despite an OVC title being up for grabs when the Govs travel to Tennessee Tech next weekend, Bachman said the team can’t afford to look ahead.
“We have done a great job of staying loose and relaxed all season. We can’t get caught worrying about any other teams. We have to focus on what’s in front of us. We have to be focused on the next pitch.”
APSU-Morehead State Photo Gallery: Game 1
APSU-Morehead State Photo Gallery: Game 2