Shelbyville High bass team wins IHSA sectional

Ram bass team sectional champs

Shelbyville High School bass fishing caught the IHSA Shelbyville Sectional Championship and went on to finish 14th in the State.

At the State Championship at Lake Carlyle on Friday and Saturday, Highland earned the championship (21 lb, 1 oz), followed by Goreville (20 lb, 14 oz). Carlyle tied for 4th, fishing their own lake (17 lb, 12 oz). Shelbyville tied for 14th with Johnsburg. Both teams caught 6 fish total for 10 pounds, 7 ounces. Shelby caught 4 fish Friday for 6 pounds, 9 ounces. They caught 2 fish on Saturday for 3 pounds, 7 ounces. 

“The Rams were the IHSA Sectional Champions on May 2, beating 23 other schools and qualifying them for IHSA state at Carlyle Lake,” said Ram coach Greg Harkins. “They had big bass in the sectional at 6.88 lbs. This bass ended up being the biggest bass caught in the state for all sectional tournaments.”

The catch of the day at sectional belonged to Eli Courtright. The Ram fisherman snared a 6 lb, 4 oz bass. The Rams, Courtright and Boone Frederick, finished the day with 8 lb, 3 oz of fish weighed. Frederiock caught the other two fish that gave them the margin of victory. They out-weighed 2nd place Bismark-Henning-Rossvile-Alvin (7 lb, 11 oz) by a pound. Harkins is the Ram coach and the driver.

Eleven of the 23 teams caught fish. Bethany Okaw Valley placed 4th and was a State Alternate. Okaw’s team was Isaac Tipsword, Eric Boomer, Wyatt Daniels, and Max Doris. Okaw caught 6 lb, 6 oz of fish and Sullivan was 5th with 4 lb, 15 oz of fish. Dave Doty is the Okaw coach and driver….Full Story