Lake Quivira, Kan. - The light rain Friday didn't dampen any spirits for Lake Quivira residents welcoming back a hometown hero.
Brent Chapman returned home with his family Friday to cheers, hugs, and the sound of a trumpet playing "Hail to the Chief."
The Chapmans were driving home from a Bassmaster fishing tournament near Syracuse, N.Y., where Brent Chapman captured the title of Bassmaster Angler of the Year. It marked Chapman's first championship and culminated a lifelong dream.
"No matter what kind of career or occupation you have everybody has goals in life," Chapman said, “and as a fisherman you want to win one of the biggest goals out there."
He said he has been dreaming of winning the Angler of the Year trophy since the age of 10.
Chapman makes his home in Lake Quivira and takes his wife Bobbi and their two kids, Mason, 8, and Makayla, 7, on the road with him for fishing tournaments. One of his neighbors on hand to greet him took fishing lessons from him when Chapman was only 14.
After a few days of resting up the Chapmans will next travel to Fort Gibson Lake, Okla., for the last open fishing tournament of the season.
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