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Midlands Striper Club's Annual Angler of the Year/Team of the Year Banquet was held Saturday evening, January 8th, 2011 at Saluda Shoals Park's River Center in Columbia.
The club’s six-time Angler of the Year (AOTY), Lee Thomas of Leesville, presented the coveted 2010 Angler of the Year plaque and jacket to Rick Kellemeyer of Chapin. Kellemeyer took the lead in January and persevered to win over all competitors to earn his first-ever MSC Angler of the Year crown. Finishing second in AOTY was MSC vice-president Kreg Frady of Leesville. Third place for the year went to Van Cook of Chapin.
The club presented plaques to Debbie Alewine of Rock Hill, who won the 2010 Lady Angler of the Year title and to Terry Caulder of Little Mountain, who won the Nichols Store of Rock Hill Big Fish Award. Caulder’s fish, caught March 20, 2010, weighed 20 pounds, 7 ounces. The club's Youth Angler of the Year trophy was presented to Weston Thomas of Lexington an unprecedented fifth time for 2010, who also won the award in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Team of the Year jackets and plaques were presented to Team Catchall, consisting of team captain Lee Thomas of Leesville, MSC vice-president Kreg Frady and Youth AOTY Weston Thomas of Lexington. Finishing second in Team of the Year competition was Team Wildman, consisting of team captain Donnie Christopher and son Justin Christopher, both of Rock Hill, Skip Morgan, also of Rock Hill and Danny Young of Sumter. Third place was won by Team Gar Heart, consisting of team captain Shawn Gearheart and his son Tommy, both of Lexington.
The event was attended by 100 members and guests and was catered by Shealy’s BBQ of Batesburg-Leesville. Also honored for their club service were outgoing Treasurer James Cassell of Chapin and outgoing Programs and Conservation Committee Chairman Tom Gitto, also of Chapin.
Midlands Striper Club is the oldest inland striped bass fishing club in the U.S. MSC’s next regular meeting is Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at the Flight deck Restaurant in Lexington. A fishing-related program will be presented and guests are always welcome.
Midlands Striper Club names 2010 Anglers of the Year and Team of the Year at annual January Awards Banquet
2009 TOTY captain Donnie Christopher of Team Wildman presents 2010 Team of the Year plaques to Team Catchall members (l to r) Kreg Frady, captain Lee Thomas and Weston Thomas.
2010 Lady Angler of the Year Debbie Alewine accepts her plaque from husband and former MSC president Harold Alewine.
President Cam Littlejohn dons his cold-weather gear and "hams it up" for the crowd.
Weston Thomas accepts his 2010 Youth Angler of the Year trophy from fellow Team Catchall member and MSC vice president Kreg Frady.
Incoming Treasurer and former MSC president Marshall West (left and above) presents the top 15 club anglers with checks for their winning places.
President Cam Littlejohn presents outgoing PAC Chairman Tom Gitto an appreciation plaque for his years of club service.
Club door prize guru Donnie Christopher hands newly crowned AOTY Rick Kellemeyer his half of the cash for winning the 50-50 drawing.
MSC thanks its many 2010 sponsors...
on which the club heavily depends for
its continued success!
And a good time was had by all!
MIDLANDS STRIPER CLUB
2010 Angler of the Year
2010 Team of the Year
Lee Thomas, Weston Thomas and Kreg Frady
2010 Nichols Store
Big Fish of the Year
Angler: Terry Caulder
20 lbs. 7 ozs. Caught March 20
2010 Lady Angler
of the Year
2010 Youth Angler
of the Year
2009 AOTY Lee Thomas presents the coveted Angler of the Year plaque to Rick Kellemeyer (above). Past AOTY Donnie Christopher helps Kellemeyer don his 2010 AOTY jacket.
President Cam Littlejohn presents outgoing Treasurer James Cassell an appreciation plaque for his years of club service from 1998 through 2010.
Lee Thomas, captain of 2010 TOTY
winner Team Catchall, discusses the
year in retrospect.