The 2017 Valentine Chamber of Commerce Cork Thornton Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament was held at Merritt Reservoir on January 29th, 2017.
Results:
1st: Jonathan & Justin Heflin, North Platte & Ogallala, 18.75 total pounds
2nd: Jim Hesse & Zach Nadolski, Lincoln, 16.84 total pounds
3rd: Scott & Monte Mares, Beatrice and Seward, 16.01 total pounds
4th: Bo Young & Eric Frey, North Platte, 13.58 total pounds
5th: Derek Thiele & Eric Allemang, North Plate, 12.93 total pounds
6th: Jay Elliott & Nick Larsen, Omaha and Valentine, 12.23 total pounds
7th: Kent Kurtzer & Jason Herz, Lincoln, 12.11 total pounds
8th: Dan Beberniss & Jake Thornton, Valentine, 11.66 total pounds
9th: Leonard & Michael Phillips, Mullen, 11.00 total pounds
10th: Chistian McKenzie & McKeil Michalek, Lincoln, 10.89 pounds

Big Fish Awards:
Crappie: Don Cox & Dave Fehlhafer 1.32
Perch: Bo Young & Eric Frey, Marcus Dryak & Stan Dryak, .7 (tie)
Bluegill: Leonard & Michael Phillips, Chistian McKenzie & McKeil Michalek, .47 (tie)
Rock Bass: Eric Wackler & Dan Wackler, .79
Walleye: Jeremy Collison & Luke Henderson, 17″ = 1.80 lbs (Ron Billings Memorial Big Fish Award)
Largemouth Bass: Chistian McKenzie & McKeil Michalek, 16″ = 2.50 lbs
Northern Pike: Tyler Shafer & Ray Houseman, 28″ = 6.20 lbs
Catfish: Leonard & Michael Phillips, 33″ = 18.75 lbs