Lindus, Haney are top Wisconsin high schoolers

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Noah Lindus and Colton Haney of Baldwin and Woodville high schools won the 2015 Wisconsin B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship, June 20-21, on Lake Winnebago.

Evan Muskevitsch and Tyler Cory of the Waupaca Juniors won the concurrent Wisconsin B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Team Championship.

Lindus and Haney bested nine other teams for the title. They ended with 26.54 pounds over two days, followed by Jace Smith and Brady McCoy of Mississippi Coulee High School with 24.52 pounds. The four competitors qualified for the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by TNT Fireworks, July 22-25, on Tennessee’s Kentucky Lake.

Muskevitsch and Cory bested three other teams with 10.65 pounds and qualified for the 2015 Bassmaster Junior Championship, July 24-25, on Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake in Tennessee.

“One cool aspect of the 2015 championship was the fact that we had so many former state champions at the event,” said Jesse Heinecke, Wisconsin B.A.S.S. Nation youth director.

“Harry Marsh and Cade Laufenberg were former state champions taking out their own junior teams this year as coaches,” added Heinecke. “Last year’s high school champions of Jace Smith and Brady McCoy were back to defend their title. Brady McCoy, Steve Niemi Jr., Cade Laufenberg, Harry Marsh and Reece Keeney were all fishing this event and had been former junior champions under the previous format.”

All competitors received goody bags donated by Wisconsin B.A.S.S. Nation members, Brovarney Baits, The Alliance and General Coin and Gun.

Heinecke would like to thank all the sponsors, competitors and parents.

“It was especially cool to see 10 teams coached by a dad since the championship concluded on Father’s Day,” he said.