Topekan Parker Still among four Kansans named to Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team
The 2019 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team was announced earlier this week, and four anglers will represent Kansas this year, including a Topekan.
Brock Bila, of Louisburg, and Brett Halstead, of Riley, earned first-team honors, while Topekan Parker Still and Leonardville’s Kyle Simmons earned honorable mention.
Bila, who partnered the past three seasons with former Hayden angler Thomas Heinen, is now a three-time all-state pick, earning honorable mention nods in 2018 and 2017. He fishes for the Capital City Club alongside new teammate Eli Minster, and the pair won the Kansas BASS Nation’s only fall high school tournament Sept. 8 at Hillsdale Reservoir.
“It means a lot to make the first team this year,” Bila said. “Ever since I’ve started fishing, I’ve seen the older guys I look up to make the first team and it’s an honor to make it this year.
“The rest of the season is very dependent on this tournament on Grand Lake (in Oklahoma). My new partner, Eli Minster, and I have been preparing and looking forward to fishing this ever since our win on Hillsdale. Eli is new to tournament fishing, but I hope we can put a pattern together and be able to place high again.”
Bila plans to fish competitively next year in college at Drury University in Springfield, Mo.
Heinen, who also was a three-time all-state pick, now fishes collegiately for Washburn. He said he was happy to hear the news of his former teammate making the All-State team.
“I have known Brock for many years now and last year was our last season teamed up together,” Heinen said. “We had lots of success throughout the years, and seeing him still succeeding is awesome. The All-State team is a great opportunity for these young high school anglers to get their name out in the bass fishing industry.”…Full Story