Clearfield County High bass team succeeding

Clearfield County bass fishing team finding success

When Clearfield County High School bass fishing team head coach Ryan Graham and his assistant Vince Humenay started the team three years ago, they just wanted to give local kids the opportunity to participate in what was dubbed “the fastest growing high school sport in the nation.”

The next closest high school team, at the time, was two hours away in Harrisburg, according to Graham. Today, the team has grown to a point where the coaches will probably need to limit spots for next year. It includes students from Curwensville, West Branch and Clearfield school districts. With two varsity teams that travel all over to compete in tournaments, and two JV teams, the group has been quite successful.

In fact, one varsity team will compete at the high school fishing world championships on Pickwick Lake in Alabama, June 26-30.

“The students compete for scholarship money at the tournaments,” explained Graham. “The world championships gives away $100,000 worth of college scholarships.

“The winning team receives two full-ride fishing scholarships to Bethel University.”

Graham said the team also will participate in the quad state championships on the Chesapeake Bay against the best teams from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey on July 8.

“Our schedule finds us on Lake Raystown September 22, and Mosquito Lake in Ohio on October 27,” continued Graham.

“For tournaments, each team is allowed to weigh-in their five heaviest bass. The team with the heaviest total wins.”…Full Story