NORMAN, Okla. — Trevor Yates stays busy. As a member of the basketball team, the baseball team and the student council, Yates' extra time is limited.
But that hasn't stopped him from starting a bass team at Little Axe High School, competing in multiple tournaments and getting kids involved in fishing.
"Trevor is the type of person who will not settle for anything other than his very best," said Carrie Tucker, principal at Little Axe High School.
"With the commitment he shows to his school work, the potential for his success is exponential," Tucker continued, "because he is extremely passionate about his studies."
On the water, Yates has proved himself with wins in both the TBF Southern Conference Championship and the Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Nation High School State Championship last fall and a national win in 2013 in the Bassmaster Junior World Championship.
He shares his love of the sport with others, too. He hosted a fishing clinic for 50 kids at a local pond, teaching younger anglers about techniques and tournament strategies. He arranged to have a new Zebco rod and reel at the clinic for each participant.
Yates has also assisted with the CastingKids competition at the OKC Fish and Tackle Show and the Wildlife Expo, and he worked with his school's principal and athletic director to get a fishing team set up.
Yates is among the 12 members who were selected nationally for the 2015 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team, which will compete June 6 on Tennessee's Lake Barkley, in conjunction with the Zippo BASSfest presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps. He and the other 11 anglers will be set up with a Bassmaster Elite Series pro.