B.A.S.S. names 2021 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Forty-seven of the most outstanding high school anglers from across the country have been named to the 2021 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

The students were selected for the honor based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement and leadership in conservation and community service.

“We are thrilled to welcome this new class of High School All-State anglers,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “These 47 young people represent the future of our sport and are truly the best of the best, excelling not only on the water, but also in academics, conservation initiatives and community service.”

To be considered for the All-State Fishing Team, a student must have been nominated by a parent, coach, teacher or other school official. Students enrolled in grades 10-12 with a current-year grade point average of 2.5 or higher were eligible.

B.A.S.S. received more than 300 nominations from across the nation. From these, judges selected 47 student anglers from 33 states to make the All-State Fishing Team. In addition, 36 students received Honorable Mentions recognizing them for their tournament success as well as community service and academic achievement.

“Congratulations to all 47 anglers on being selected to be a part of the 2021 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team or Honorable Mention,” said Hank Weldon, senior manager of the B.A.S.S. High School program. “It’s always impressive to see the accolades of each applicant, especially during a year full of so many challenges and restrictions due to COVID-19. Each of these anglers made the best of what was going on in the world around them and found ways to excel not only on the water, but in their community as well. Every parent and angler should be very proud of joining the team.”

A second panel of judges will review nominations of the 47 All-State team members and select the 12 members of the 2021 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. As in All-State judging, criteria include success in high school fishing tournaments, involvement in conservation efforts and other community service activities.

The 12 finalists will compete in a one-day Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, which will be held during the 2021 Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry Lake, scheduled to take place May 6-9 in Gadsden, Ala.

Elite Series anglers will serve as teammates and “coaches” of the student anglers in the tournament. The high school standouts will be honored on the main stage at the weigh-in.

Below is the list of the 47 All-State anglers and 36 Honorable Mentions, in order by state:

Alexis Grandstaff, Headland
Hayden Marbut, Vestavia
Jack Alexander, Mountain Brook (Honorable Mention)
Hudson Choquette, Headland (Honorable Mention)
Miller Dowling, Tuscaloosa (Honorable Mention)

Zachary Ward, Cabot
Tucker Dottley, Little Rock (Honorable Mention)

Evan Kamoen, Killingworth

Cole Rountree, Clermont
Tyson Verkaik, Eustis
Zach Dicks, Lake City (Honorable Mention)

Flint Davis, Leesburg
Tanner Hadden, Evans
Gabriel Storm Clark, Ellerslie (Honorable Mention)
Henry Garrett, Evans (Honorable Mention)
Jacob Hodge, Evans (Honorable Mention)
Coby Thompson, Blairsville (Honorable Mention)

Laindree Richardson, Benton

Cole Berry, Terre Haute
Dylan May, Brownsburg
Evan Francis, Fishers (Honorable Mention) 

Dylan Kreps, Johnston
Tyler Loudon, Creston
Jackson Toale, Independence (Honorable Mention)

Colton Hutchinson, Bonner Springs

Will Carnes, Stanford
Evan Fields, Shelbyville
Keaton Smith, Burnside (Honorable Mention)

Peyton Matherne, Walker
Wade Roberts, Lake Charles
Hunter Hayes White, Sulphur (Honorable Mention)

Nicholas Frumkin, Lincoln (Honorable Mention)

Gus Dietrich, Oxford
Mitchell Straffon, Fenton
Matthew Mosby, Dryden (Honorable Mention)
Brayden Ruckman, Freeland (Honorable Mention)

Matt Boerboom, Inver Grove Heights 

Blake Bullock, Hattiesburg
Spencer Maxwell, Summit
Wes Bailey, Brandon (Honorable Mention)
John Connor Harrell, Brandon (Honorable Mention)

Clay Henderson, Purdy

Jaron Cooper, Sutherland
Keegan Oettinger, Hershey

Carter Doren, Las Vegas

New Hampshire
Cole Moulton, Enfield

New Jersey
Nicholas Dellaporta, Pequannock (Honorable Mention)

New York
Christian Misciagna, Syracuse
Matthew Pitcher, Rochester (Honorable Mention)

North Carolina
Hunter Keller, Morganton
Carson Palmer, Richfield

Nicholas Boggs, Wheelersburg
Braden McNamara, Marysville
Mark Emmerling, Negley (Honorable Mention)

Hunter Alsip, Chouteau
Jaxon Windsor, Noble

Jerry Brumbaugh Jr., Martinsburg
Carson Forrester, Chambersburg
Ty Stroup, Mifflinburg (Honorable Mention)

Rhode Island
Joseph Truppi, Coventry

South Carolina
Luke Mabry, Gaffney
Peyton Sorrow, Abbeville
Butler Cochran, Prosperity (Honorable Mention)
Hunter Dill, Travelers Rest (Honorable Mention)
Trenten Swygert, Leesville (Honorable Mention)

Tyler Finley, Mount Pleasant
Nathan Reynolds, Nashville
Brady Duncan, Lebanon (Honorable Mention)
Riley Faulkner, Jacksboro (Honorable Mention)
Dylan Johnson, Dunlap (Honorable Mention)
Gage Starks, Paris (Honorable Mention)

Casey Beard, Lumberton
Connor Dunn, Lucas
Brady Dill, Spring (Honorable Mention)
Kaden Mueck, Livingston (Honorable Mention)
Dakota Posey, Orange (Honorable Mention)
Maverick Winford, Humble (Honorable Mention)

Brendan Vinton, Randolph
Max Roberts, Newport (Honorable Mention)

Turner Hart, Ashland
Spencer Humphrey, Madison (Honorable Mention)
Braxton Nicely, Midlothian (Honorable Mention)

Tucker Cory, Amherst