In 2018, the event was named in honor of former tournament chairman and longtime HCRS member Sgt. Ralph Stanton, who passed away earlier this year.
Stanton volunteered and dedicated several hundred hours a year to help make the event possible. He dedicated his life to helping others and is a perfect definition of a public safety volunteer.
The tournament is put on yearly as a fundraiser to help the HCRS offset the cost of needed training, tools, communications equipment and personal protection equipment for members, among other things.
A total of 74 boats/teams entered the tournament on May 12 trying to score the first place prize of $1,000, and 25 of them chose to weigh in their catch.
Due to multiple ties, first, second and fourth places were determined by the flip of a coin.
First place: Rufus Johnson and Craig Brewer, 13.14.
Second place: Heath Elkins and Justin Taylor, 13.14.
Third place: Kenny Cuthrell and Jeremy Jones, 13.13.
Fourth place: Randy Brown and Greg Burrell, 12.15.
Lunker: Tom Mullins, 4.02.
More results are listed at hawkinscorescuesquad.org as well as the HCRS Facebook page.
Lt. Corey Young said the HCRS would like to thank those who entered the tournament, pre-registration sites and event sponsors including Utility Staffing of @Work, JJM Transport and private donors.
The HCRS 2019 tournament date has been set for Saturday, April 27.
Information regarding the event will be released next spring.