Burns Bass Tournament brings success

by CARLA BASS, City Editor

Youth winner Burns tournament
Tyler Richardson – Youth Winner

The 10th Annual Keith Burns Bass Tournament at Crip’s Camp was held March 31 and the results were outstanding.

The tournament is held in the memory of Trooper Scott Burns, one of our own Department of Public Safety Troopers. He was killed at Lake of the Pines on a traffic stop before he could even exit his vehicle. This led to an extensive manhunt by the DPS, Marion Co. and Cass Co. Sheriffs’ Departments, among others. Their efforts led to the cornering of the murderer in Cass County followed by him taking his own life, rather than being arrested.

Keith Burns, cousin and organizer of the tournament expressed, “We were delighted with the participation this year. We had a very good turnout with 230 registered fishermen and women.

Cash awards were given to the Top Ten Big Bass. Those gaining the honors were: KYLE DUNCAN, Marshall; DAVID SORRELLS, Linden; CLAYTON JAMES, Linden; BRADY RICHARDSON, Shreveport; MURF KING, Waskom; RANDAL DAVIDSON, Jefferson; KENNETH PATE, Linden; MATTHEW STOVERINK, Bossier City; RANDAL STEVENS, Bossier City; and TODD MAXWELL, Bivins.

Cash awards also went out to the hourly winners 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Top 3 of the Hour. Those were: CLAYTON JAYNES,  WESTON WILSON, & HANNA EAKIN  for the 8:00 a.m. hour; MURF KING, EDDIE VISE, & DAVID SORRELLS for the 9:00 a.m. hour; BRADY RICHARDSON, MATTHEW STOVERINK, &  MIKE GRIFFIS for the 10:00 a.m. hour; DOYLE VOELKEL, BUTCH PHILLIPS, & CHAD DAVIS for the 11:00 a.m. hour; KYLE DUNCAN, TODD MAXWELL, & STEVE GIBSON for the 12:00 p.m. hour; KENNETH PATE, DAVID WAITES, &  DAVID SORRELLS for the 1:00 p.m. hour; DAVID SORRELLS, RANDAL DAVISON, &  RANDALL STEVENS for the 2:00 p.m.  hour; DAVID SORRELLS, KENNETH JOYCE, & HUNTER WALLACE for the 3:00 p.m. hour.

Additional awards were given to HANNAH EAKIN as the Top Female; TYLER RICHARDSON as the Top Youth; RANDAL DAVIDSON as the Smallest Bass; and DAVID WAITES as the Big Bass Under Slot.

Proceeds from the tournament go to support the Marion County Dive Team. The team is funded by public support. A lake drowning or emergency no longer means East Texas has to call in a dive team from another area, as there is the Marion County dive team. A sinking car in Lake of the Pines or a capsized boat or drowning on Caddo Lake has a team nearby to come to the rescue. Their aim is to save lives and being in East Texas they can get to a scene right away. Being totally volunteer, funds are always needed for supplies and equipment.

Trooper Burns would probably be very proud of the tournament held in his name and the support that it gives to the Dive Team and its volunteer members.

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