By MIKE CORN
LAKE WILSON -- It was a Wichita team that took home first place in the 2012 Kansas High School Fishing State Championship tournament at Lake Wilson.
But a team of brothers from Stockton were a close second.
Overall, 11 teams from across Kansas participated in the tournament, the second of its kind in Kansas. The entry of 11 teams more than doubled the number of entries from 2011. The tournament was June 30 at Lake Wilson, east of Russell.
Brothers Christian and Ethan Hamel -- and coach and father Scott Hamel, a tournament participant in his own right -- representing Stockton High School, picked up second place.
The Hamels fell slightly more than 3 pounds behind the first place team of Noah Parsons and Adam Fuchs, coached by Ben Fuchs. That team represented Wichita's Northwest High School.
They finished the day with 14.22 pounds of fish, catching their largest of the day first thing in the morning.
The Hamels also caught a daily limit of five fish, ending the day with a combined weight of 11.1 pounds.
Scott Hamel reported the loss of one bigger fish early in the morning, not far from the launch area.
Third place was picked up by Connor Barret and Kiel Orrison representing Nickerson Panthers/ Hutchinson Salthawks. They also weighed in a limit of fish.
While the Bass Federation didn't list where other teams were from, the results are:
* Daniel Wiens-Austin Bray, 5 fish, 10.29 pounds.
* Thomas Humphrey-Matthew Martin, five fish, 9.01 pounds.
* Fritz Berger-Tanner Kubick, four fish, 7.08 pounds.
* Jared Barney-Grant Srajer, two fish, 5.78 pounds.
* Timothy Flax-Abigail Flax, two fish, 5.29 pounds.
* Sheldon Rogge-Jordan Ebert, two fish, 5.17 pounds.
* Tanner Vanamburg-Tyler Heath, two fish, 4.1 pounds.
* Bren Lidtke-James Bartolac, one fish, 2.4 pounds.
The winning two-person team from each state championship will advance to an FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing Conference Championship held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW College Fishing Conference Championship. Those winners will advance to the FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing National Championship held in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship in the spring of 2013.