Oak Lawn Community High School (Illinois)
Date club founded: 2008.
Club founder: Current Head Coach Chris Kuchyt.
Club affiliations: B.A.S.S.
Club advisor and assistant coaches: Head Coach Chris Kuchyt, Assistant Eileen Sauter.
Frequent boat captains: Tim Johandes, Neil Washak and Phil Savaglio.
Club accomplishments: The Spartan Fishing Team brought the Access to Fishing Rod and Reel loaner program to the Oak Lawn Public Library. Now kids and families can go to the library and check out fishing poles just like they would a book.
The Spartan Fishing Team has collected fishing rod and reel combos from community members to donate to the Disabled Veterans Fishing Program.
The team helped the Cook County (Illinois) Forest Preserve District build fish cribs.
2018 Recipient of Lew’s Mach Product Grant High School Fishing Program.
2015 District 230 Bass Classic Team of the Year (John Neubauer and Andy Jensen).
2014 Berkley High School Challenge second place team. http://youtu.be/7HNjr_1ZmGA
2013 Fishing & Outdoor Radio contest FRABILL’S Illinois High Schools Fish Here TEAM OF THE YEAR.
Team members taught young children the basics of fishing and casting at the Lake Katherine Nature Preserve Family Days event.
The team hosts the Oak Lawn Bass tournament, which has a date set for the last Saturday of each September. Schools are allowed to enter as many boats as they can get on the water with up to four kids per boat roster. This gives an opportunity for freshmen and sophomores or more novice anglers to take part in a bass tournament. For many kids, this will be the only bass tournament they will ever fish in high school. A shoreline creature tournament is also held for the kids who are waiting for their turn on the boat or are not on a boat.
Ultimate Spartan Angler challenge is held every year to help the kids on the team get through the cold winter months. The kids compete in knot tying events (who can tie the knot correctly and fastest), casting (distance, accuracy, bozo buckets and side casting), and a written portion (fish identification, state rules and regulations, and fishing knowledge).
Other annual activities: Team members assist with the Helping Veterans Go Fishing event. https://www.helpingveteransgofishing.org
Team members assist with the Fishin’ Buddies Fishing Derby at Wampum Lake.
Current club members: Dorian Bryja, 9th grade; Luck Cafagna, 12th; Matthew Carpenter, 9th; Collin Cipriania, 9th; Robert DeVries, 9th; Jake Hamilton, 9th; Ashlon Harding, 10th; Billy Hennessy, 11th; Mike Jensen, 10th; Demetrius Kanadet, 10th; Garrett Kendall, 12th; Eduardo Lamboy, 9th; Leonydes Matis, 9th; Bart Rafacz, 12th; Corbin Rupsch, 10th; Tomasz Rysiewicz, 9th; Wessel Sam, 9th; Megan Savaglio, 11th, Emily Savaglio, 10th; Russ Sheppler, 12th; Shane Skeffington, 12th; Kyle Slansky, 10th; Assetou Soukana, 10th; Sala Soukana, 10th; Renata Stawiarski, 9th; Johnathan Ward, 9th; Andrew Washack, 10th; Logan Wendt, 9th; and Ryan Wierzgac, 9th.
Team web page: https://www.olchs.org/activities/fishing-team/
Team Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Spartan-Fishing-Team-219226618153465/