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Bass Club Reels in a victory

State Tournament weathers the May storms

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Bass Club Reels in a victory

Amy Blalock, Adviser

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Under the leadership of adviser Keith Haney, the Spring Hill Bass Club is reeling in the victories. This season, despite weather delays, the organization had three teams weigh in enough to advance in the year-long competition. Rachel Doss and Alyssa McPhetridge, one of the advancing teams, were the only all-female duo that qualified for Regionals for the East Division. They missed qualifying for state by 1 pound. But, this duo promises to hit the lakes again next season and they are determined to be the first female state anglers.
Teammates Kaden Rogers and Zach Henry as well as the team of Landon Kokenzie and Alex Carroll did make the weigh-in, and headed to State competition on May 11-12, on the heels of tornado-like storms with torrential rainfall. Fishing on Cedar Creek Lake began at 6:15 am and 238 teams took to the water. Kokenzie and Carroll brought in 6.5 lbs of Bass for the 2day weigh in, putting them 156 in the State. Rogers had to solo fish, Henry was hitting the field for state Pole Vaulting, but managed to haul in 10lbs on day one. Rogers ended the season at 109 in the state rankings.
The Bass Club is open to Jr. Anglers beginning in the 8th grade and Anglers in 9-12th grade. The season is yearlong, but because this is a UIL event, you must join the first semester. Interested potential fisherman or women should visit our website @www.springhillbassclub.com and visit our booth during registration.
“Our club belongs to THSBA and there are many opportunities for scholarships,” Junior Alex Carroll said, “This year $20K was given out to the winning state team. Boat captains also qualify for scholarships. Smaller tournaments also give out big money for college.” Carroll added that this group builds community and family as well. “Family members can be boat captains and guides. A great way to make memories together,” Carroll added, “My dad is our backup captain. He is always there encouraging me. Memories made at the lake last a lifetime.”

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Amy Blalock, Adviser

Name: Amy Blalock


Position on Paper: Adviser

Extra Curriculars: Zonta International, St. Mary's Catholic Church

Hobbies: Running, water sports

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