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Tanner Purtill (left) and Layne Chitwood are now fishing the prep circuit and will compete April 7 at Lake Pleasant. The friends have fished together for years.

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Teen anglers set for prep circuit

If camaraderie and teamwork are essential to success, a pair of Payson High School student-athletes should do well in their first attempt at competing on the prep bass fishing circuit. Layne Chitwood and Tanner Purtill are buoyed by the experience of competing alongside one another for years in both football and baseball and are also close friends. In their first attempt at high school competitive fishing, in a tournament held Sept. 25, 2011 at Roosevelt Lake, the two finished ninth. Next on the fishing agenda is the circuit’s second tournament to be held April 7 at Lake Pleasant. For Chitwood and Purtill to attain their goal of qualifying for next summer’s national finals, the granddaddy of high school fishing, they must finish first at one of the upcoming Arizona tournaments.

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