Central Catholic senior signs with Bethel U. bass team

Lower Burrell native signs with top collegiate bass fishing school

When Lower Burrell native Austin Aikins started fishing, he never could have imagined how his future would pan out.

But the Central Catholic senior is ecstatic with how it has.

While some high school athletes are looking for a college scholarship in sports such as football, baseball or basketball, Aikins is one of the top bass fishermen in Pennsylvania.

He was an honorable mention selection to the 2020 Bassmaster High School All-State fishing team the past two years, and in March, Aikins signed a letter of intent to continue his bass fishing career at one of the top programs in the country: Bethel University.

In 2010, the McKenzie, Tenn., school became the first to offer scholarships to its anglers, and it has won the Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship the past two seasons.

“Honestly, it does not feel real,” Aikins said. “When I started tournament fishing, I was thinking it would be awesome to get a scholarship from any school. Then, to get a scholarship to the No. 1 school, it kind of feels surreal.”…Full Story