Springfield (Mo.) Catholic High School
Date club founded: Fall of 2017 with four anglers and two boat captains.
Club founders: Rick Muenks, Jeff Childs, and Nathan Webster.
Club affiliations: National Youth Fishing Association B.A.S.S. and The Bass Federation (TBF/FLW).
Club advisor and assistant coaches: President Nathan Webster and pro angler advisors Bailey Boutries (FLW), Dalton Wilson (BFL) and Brian Forrest (Webb Outdoors).
Frequent boat captains: Bailey Boutries, Dalton Wilson, Brian Forrest, Paul Davis, Nathan Webster, Jeff Childs, Bill Gilbert, Shane Gilbert, Greg McClain, Danny Soetaert and Richard Walters.
Club accomplishments: The club in its short existence has already produced two Top 20 finishes, three championship team appearances and one middle school angler of the year award. The club has grown from four anglers at its start in 2017 to 12 going into the 2019 season. 2019 will be the first year the team participates in the FLW High School Summer Camp in Kentucky. This was in a large part due to sponsor support. This year the team was one of three schools nationwide to receive an Angling Aces Scholarship from Crestliner Boats. Sponsor support from Angler Aid, Oak Star Bank, Spencer-Fane Law Firm, and SVN Jeff Childs Real Estate also made this possible. The team receives industry support from Lew’s, Sportsman’s Factory Outlet, Profishency Rods, and Perfection Lures. SCHS Fishing also had members attend the Bassmaster Classic and FLW Cup in 2018 and is planning on several events in 2019.
Other annual activities: SCHS Fishing is working on plans in 2019 to help with the Fish 4 Tales organization and its mission “to help children with special needs understand the pleasures of outdoor fishing that we sometimes take for granted.” You can follow them on facebook @Fish-4-Tales.
Club members: Jake Childs, 11th grade; Trenton Webster, 10th; Hunter Appleby, 10th ; Luke Walters, 9th; Chris Gilbert, 9th; Lucas Soetaert, 9th; Colton Galligos, 9th; Morgan McClain, 9th; Koleman Kaiser, 8th; Carter Webster, 7th; Colin Soetaert, 6th.
Team Facebook page: SCHSFishing.