Pennsylvania high school teams qualify for 2017 Bassmaster championship

Valley anglers hook trip to nationals

Three duos from the Susquehanna Valley High School Fishing Team caught their opportunity to advance to the Bassmaster Nationals in 2017 by placing in last Saturday’s state B.A.S.S. Nation Open Buddy Tournament.

According to coach Tom Prowant, partners Andrew Henry, 16, of Lewisburg Area High School, and Josh Mook, 18, of Mifflinburg Area High School, won first place in the high school division while Ben King, 18, of Montoursville Area High School, and Tyler Gavlick, 17, of Hanover Area High School, won second in the same division.

The third duo of Dominic Cecco, 13, of Selinsgrove Middle School, and Dylan Henrie, 13, of Millville Area Middle School, won first place in the youth division.

Earlier this month, another member of the team, Gavin Enders, 14, of Mifflinburg Area High School, advanced to the Bass Federation Junior World Championship, scheduled for next August.

“The relief and joy of winning is a real bonding moment,” Henry said. “It is nice to have people you know and like down on the water with you.”

Joining the Susquehanna Valley Fishing Team has given him success and friendship, but Henry didn’t even know becoming a fishing champion was an option until his mom introduced him to Prowant.

“Being a part of the Susquehanna Valley Fishing Team has broadened my spectrum about how elite bassfishing was,” he said. “I didn’t know they had tournaments.”

Henry explained last weekend’s tournament was structured so two anglers worked as a team to collect 5 bass fish of a certain length over the course of eight hours. The winners are then decided by weighing their catches.

Prowant said since he started his team 16 years ago, “fishing is getting much more notice,” adding there are currently 28 kids from 11 different high schools on his team.

“When we won the B.A.S.S. Nationals two years ago, we received national coverage and it really showed people about how big the program can get,” he said….Read More