Susan Moore graduate Hunter Penney fishes like a pro. If not, he certainly is on his way to becoming one. Penney was recently selected to The Bassmaster High School All American Fishing Team, which consists of the top 12 high school anglers from a pool of 220 applicants from 36 states. To become a member of the elite team, judges review tournament resumes, community service, and recommendations from coaches and school officials. Penney recently traveled to Durant, Okla., where each member was placed with an Elite Series angler to participate in a one-day tournament in conjunction with BASSFEST.
Penney has 11 career high school wins and seven top five finishes, including a recent second-place finish at The Lay Lake Open out of a 116-boat field, losing to the first-place finisher by one pound. He will team up with his sister, Lana Penney, a 10th-grader at Oneonta High School, who has two wins, a third-place finish, and Big Fish honors under her belt, for upcoming tournaments.
Hunter is the son of Emily and Shay Penney of Snead, grandson of Diane and Jimmy Snead and Thomas and Sandra Penney, and the great-grandson of James M. Penney of Glencoe.
-Special to The Blount Countian