Reese, VanDam in tight battle for Angler of Year

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Kevin VanDam took a familiar position
atop the leader board Friday to win the Evan Williams Bourbon
Trophy, but he remains in a tight race with Skeet Reese for the
Bassmasters Angler of the Year.

VanDam, of Kalamazoo, Mich., pulled in 15 pounds, 7 ounces from
the Alabama River, while Reese, from Auburn, Calif., managed 12
pounds, 4 ounces.

VanDam, a three-time Bassmaster Classic champion, is in the
running with reigning champion Reese for a second consecutive year
in the Bassmaster Elite Series Postseason.

Reese still leads overall with 277 points to VanDam's 275.

Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., and Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla.,
are still in reach, with 262 and 256 points respectively. Russ Lane
of Prattville, Ala., is in fifth with 252 points.