Club Spotlight – Timberland High School (Mo.) Fishing Team

Timberland High School (Mo.) Fishing Team

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Timberland High School (Mo.) Fishing Team

Timberland High School (Mo.) Fishing Team

Date club founded:  Started in 2018 with three freshman teams.

Club founders:  Ryan Hopping with help from John Behiter, Dave Wilson and Aaron Patton.

Club affiliations:  B.A.S.S. Nation, FLW, Student Angler Federation (SAF) and National Youth Fishing Association (NYFA).

Club advisor and assistant coaches:   Ryan Hopping.

Frequent boat captains: Ryan Hopping, Todd Ferring, Rick Webert, Dan McCandless, John Behiter, Danny Smith, Tom Smith, Chad Gibbs, Ryan Jordan, Skip Barr, Dennis Knaust, Ryan Dreiling, Rick Shelton, Brian Laspe, Rob Schack, Jason Cooper, Billy Neidringhaus, Trent Silver, Gary Sanders and Andy McHaffie. 

Club accomplishments:  The club for 2021 will have 13 high school teams and five junior high school teams.  The club has grown tremendously every year and almost double in size. Two-time SAF National Championship qualifier Sam Webert first qualified with partner Blake Behiter in 2018.  His current partner Kyle Hopping qualified for the 2020 SAF National Championship and World High School Finals in Lacrosse, Wis., where they spent a week there fishing and finishing in the top 80 in the world of more than 400 qualified teams. Kyle Hopping has a win under his belt along with big bass at Lake Egypt in 2018.  The middle school team of Austin Coffman and Zack Ventimiglia won the Missouri state championship on Table Rock Lake in 2018 and ended the season as Team of the Year award winners banking thousands of dollars in scholarships.  The club has had many other teams consistently in the Top 5 winning prizes and awards.  The 2020 senior team of Cale McCandless and Austin Pleis have many scholarships and awards to their name.  

Other annual activities: Every year the club participates in conservation projects, such as habitat day, where club members sink brush piles and fish attractors in local lakes to provide habitat for the fish. The club also works with local bass clubs and helps with fundraisers and events.  

Club members: Kyle Hopping, Sam Webert, Keagan Wilson, Blake Behiter, Logan Brown, Austin Pleis, Cale McCandless,  Zack Ventimiglia, Austin Coffman, Brandon Lann, Henry Fledderman, Austin Smith, Nick Dawson, Brayden Ferring, Eli Foristal, Tanner Smith,  Ty Bosley, Jesse Sanders, Tyler Hillenbrand, Jaedyn Gibbs, Kyler Getman, Tommy Whitehead, Grant Silver, Jonah McHaffie, Dillon Nienhaus, Case Cooper, Ty Shelton, Kody Schack, Brynn Laspe, Ryan Dreiling,  Grayson Dreiling and Liam Neidringhaus. 

Team Facebook page:  Timberland High School Fishing.

Instagram: @Timberlandhighschoolfishing.