School board approves Watseka High bass team

Unit 9 approves bass fishing team

The Unit 9 School Board approved a request to form a bass fishing team at Watseka Community High School.

The board approved the measure unanimously at its December meeting. Board president James Bruns noted that the students and advisor have said the team will raise the funds needed for the endeavor.

In November students Shawn Farris and Justin Bunting spoke to the school board members about their request.

They said a bass fishing team is sanctioned by the Illinois High School Association. It is co-ed. The students said there are several teams around the area already including Manteno, Momence, Grant Park, El Paso and Oakwood.

A survey was taken of students at the high school, and between 30 and 40 students showed interest, Bunting said at that time.