2015 High School Championship, Potomac River, October 18th
Oct 27th, 2015 Permanent Link
On October 18, 2015, the 3rd Annual Maryland Bass Nation High School Team State Championship was held, launching out of Smallwood State Park.
Twenty-one teams, representing eight high schools, participated in this year’s tournament. Those high schools include LaPlata, Linganore, Marriotts Ridge, Saint Mary’s, Sherwood, Smithsburg, Southern Garrett, and Sparrows Point.
The weather was what you would expect for a cool, crisp Fall day, with temperatures in the morning hovering in the 30s with a slight breeze, which picked up quite a bit as the day went on.
The 2015 MBN High School Team Champions are from Marriotts Ridge High School - Ian McGann and Riley McGann brought a five fish limit to the scales, weighing 14.20 lbs. (They also took big fish for the tournament at 3.51.) The boat captain/coach for McGann/McGann was Tom Barlow.
The second place team of Devan Hammerick and Austin Smith, from Southern Garrett High School, also had a limit of five fish, weighing 12.93 lbs.; their boat captain/coach was Garrett Hoffman.
Rounding out third place, from Linganore High School, was Tyler Wallace and Ryan Appleby, who brought in four fish, weighing 9.08 lbs. Brian Treischman was their boat captain/coach.
The Maryland High School Program is growing steadily each year. In addition to the extra teams fishing the tournament, this year’s spectators were the biggest one yet. I would like to thank all the people who came out to support our youth.
Thanks also go to Tom Cole for the two Ardent bait casting reels that went to the winning team.
Special thanks to Rachel and her mom for putting all the tackle bags together, Paul and his crew for cooking all those burgers and hot dogs, and Roger, Don, Lisa, June and everyone else who helped with the weigh-in. I truly appreciate the help, without which such volunteers, the event couldn’t and wouldn’t be possible.
There were a total of 49 keeper bass caught during this year’s tournament, with a total weight of 94.83 lbs.
And last, but not least, thanks to all of the boat captain/coaches for donating your time, boats, and support/advice. You guys are the greatest!
Oct 10th, 2014 Permanent Link
The Maryland Bass Nation hosted the 2nd Annual High School Team Championship on October 5, 2014, launching out of Smallwood State Park on the Lower Potomac River. There were fourteen teams representing the following high schools in the State: LaPlata High School, Linganore High School, St. Mary’s High School, Sherwood High School, Southern Garrett High School, and Sparrows Point High School.
The anglers were greeted with cold temperatures of 38° at check-in, but none seemed to mind the cold front, as they anxiously awaited a day of competition. The Lower Potomac has really been tough fishing lately and many figured it was going to be a low weight kind of tournament. Out of the fourteen teams competing, five teams brought one fish each to the scales and four teams managed two fish per team. Thus, it held true that low weights would come in.
Maryland’s high school team champions for 2014 are Joe McClosky and Morgan Winegardner of Southern Garrett. Their boat captain/coach was Brett Winegardner. They brought in two fish weighing 5.06 and Joe McClosky had big fish of the tournament weighing 3.08.
The 2nd place team of Mike Duarte and Richie Martin of Sparrows Point weighed in two fish at 4.91; their boat captain/coach was Richard Martin. The 3rd place team of Austin Ager and Johnny Marshall of LaPlata Bass Warriors weighed in two fish at 4.60; their boat captain/coach was Michael Nutter.
Both the 1st and 2nd place teams will advance to the B.A.S.S. High School National Championship in 2015. The 1st place team, Maryland’s High School Championship team of McClosky and Winegardner, will also advance to the 2015 B.A.S.S. Mid-Atlantic Divisional as part of Maryland’s adult state team. Congratulations and good luck to both teams!
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who pitched in and helped make this event possible. I would love to mention everyone, but I know I would forget someone … so you know who you are and believe me when I say I really appreciate all of your help.
Boat captains/coaches - you guys are the ones that really should get all of the credit, because if it weren’t for you these teams would not be afforded the opportunity to fish. Thank you.
I would like to send out a special thank you to Michael Nutter and Evan Charles, two young men who fished the 2014 B.A.S.S. High School National Championship, representing LaPlata High School recently. They both were boat captains in this year’s tournament. In my book, you guys are awesome. It is so nice to see our young members that have come up through Maryland’s youth program, and after aging out of the program, give back and support our youth. Kudos to you both!
La Plata BASS Warriors / Bassmaster High School Championship, Kentucky Lake
Jul 28th, 2014 Permanent Link
Tip of the Hat to Evan Charles and Michael Nutter of the La Plata Bass Warriors for their respectable performance at the Bassmaster High School Championship at Kentucky Lake, July 16-19, 2014. Well Done, Evan and Michael!