The 3rd event for 2015 - 2016 IBN High School Series was held on August 22nd in Morris, IL. This event, dubbed “High School River Rumble,” was the first event held by the IBN High School Series on the Illinois River. High school teams from across the state have been competing in the series to get a spot in the IBN High School Series State Championship next June. At this event, the Minooka Teams were determined to do just that.
Midland High School’s Austin Bickel and Trace Bogner held the hot seats first. Then the lead changed four times and each time, it was a team from Minooka as they dominated the event.
A.J. Wojtowicz and Brent Beckwith were the final Minooka team to hold the hot seats and win the event with a five-fish limit that weighed 8.67 pounds and Big Bass for the event at 2.18 pounds.
At each of the IBN High School Series tournaments, the Top 5 teams will be awarded a spot in the IBN State Championship held each year in June, where the top teams go on to compete at the Bassmaster High School National Championship.
The Top 6 teams from the Illinois River event are:
Minooka - A.J. Wojtowicz and Brent Beckwith
Midland - Dylan Herridge and Megan Desmet
Minooka - Anthony Fazio and Grant Olsen
Minooka - Alec Berens and Glenn Banaszak
Midland - Austin Bickel and Trace Bogner
Rochelle - Nolan Turner and Colen Turner
Anthony Fazio and Grant Olsen qualified at a previous event, so the remaining five teams will all get a spot at the 2016 State Championship.
The next event will be on Lake Shabbona on September 12th. For more information about the High School Series, visit www.illinoisbassnation.com.
The Day 2 leaders Alex Heintze and Justin Watts have another 20-plus pound bag on Kentucky Lake. This should be a fun weigh-in.
Tate Vanegmond of Crosspointe Christian Academy with keeper No. 2.
Update by Chad Stahl
Jacob Neff of Virginia doing work in the B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Championship. Frederick County Bass Wranglers.
Update by Brian Henry
Things are looking up for Mississippi. Caleb Parker from Heidelberg Academy has a nice one on Carroll County Lake.
Update by Genny Walley
Alex Heintze and Justin Watts from the Livingston Parish Bassmasters caught 23 pounds, 4 ounces on Day 2 and have 43 pounds, 14 ounces overall to lead after Day 2 of the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by TNT Fireworks.
Team Colorado's Ethan Foster and Brady Brennan put one in the boat.
Photos by Steven Orzechowski