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2 Triton Pros nominated for ESPYS!

Posted: 7/3/2006

Nominations for The 2006 ESPYS have been announced and the "Best Angler" category includes two Triton Pros, Greg Hackney and Preston Clark.

ESPN will televise the 14th annual sports celebration from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 9 p.m. ET.

Join us in supporting Greg and Preston by voting at:
espn.go.com/espy2006

More about our nominees:
Greg Hackney — One of the hottest anglers in the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series, 32-year-old Hackney is currently leading on the Bassmaster Elite Series Power Index with 47 pounds, 14 ounces and is sixth in the CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings. The Louisiana angler has qualified for bass fishing's most major event, the CITGO Bassmaster Classic, four times and has finished in the money in an astounding 37 of 42 BASS tournaments, earning nearly $700,000. The 2004 Toyota Rookie of the Year has won three BASS events in his career — including the 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series' Lone Star Shootout presented by Triton Boats on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas.

Preston Clark — In only his second year as a CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series pro, 41-year-old Clark has already made a name for himself - finishing sixth in the 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Classic and capturing his first BASS win in the Santee Cooper Showdown presented by MotorGuide in South Carolina earlier this year. With his win, Clark smashed the four-day heaviest record with a total weight of 115 pounds, 15 ounces, overshadowing the previous record by more than 7 pounds. The Florida pro is currently ranked 23rd on the Bassmaster Elite Series Power Index and 55th in CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year points.

The 2006 ESPYS will celebrate the top moments, most emotional stories and best performances of the past year in sports. The awards include 20 "Best in Sport" categories pitting athletes from different sports against each other, along with 17 individual sport categories and two sponsored awards. Recognizing individuals whose contributions transcend sports, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be presented to a group of young, female athletes who play in organized soccer leagues in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

Lance Armstrong will be the first athlete to host The ESPYS when ESPN televises the 14th annual industry-wide sports celebration Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET.

For the third consecutive year, fans will determine the winners in all contested categories, by voting June 26 through midnight July 8 at www.espys.tv. Last year, more than 10 million votes were tabulated.

Presenters already confirmed to attend The 2006 ESPYS include: Will Ferrell, Dwyane Wade, Mariah Carey, LeBron James, Ben Stiller, Ashley Judd, Reggie Bush, Greg Kinnear, Venus Williams, Jimmy Kimmel, Kiefer Sutherland, Shaun White, Rosario Dawson, Terrell Owens, Carmen Electra and Jake Gyllenhaal, among others.

The ESPYS

The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year's best sports stories by recognizing major achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2006 ESPYS will include both sport-specific awards such as Best MLB Player and Best WNBA Player and distinguishing "Best in Sport" awards, categories that pit different sports against each other, such as Best Team or Best Female Athlete. The ESPYS are committed to the advancement of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, established by ESPN with the late Jim Valvano and announced at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993.