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B.A.S.S. Names Top Student Athletes To 2022 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Fifty-three of the most outstanding high school anglers from across the country have been named to the 2022 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.


The students were selected for the honor based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement and leadership in conservation and community service.


To be considered for the All-State Fishing Team, a student must have been nominated by a parent, coach, teacher or other school official. Students enrolled in grades 10-12 with a current-year grade point average of 2.5 or higher were eligible.


B.A.S.S. received nearly 400 nominations from across the nation. From these, judges selected 53 student anglers from 34 states to make the All-State Fishing Team. In addition, 40 students received Honorable Mentions recognizing them for their tournament success as well as community service and academic achievement.


“Congratulations to all 53 anglers on being selected to be a part of the 2022 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing team or Honorable Mention,” said Glenn Cale, B.A.S.S. Nation Tournament Manager — College, High School and Junior. “It’s always impressive to see the accolades of each applicant. Every parent and angler should be very proud of joining the team.”


A second panel of judges will review the nominations of the 53 All-State team members and select the 12 members of the 2022 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. As in All-State judging, criteria include success in high school fishing tournaments, involvement in conservation efforts and other community service activities.


The 12 finalists will compete in a one-day Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, which will be held during the 2022 Simms Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork, scheduled to take place May 19-22 in Quitman, Texas. 


Elite Series anglers will serve as teammates and “coaches” of the student anglers in the tournament. The high school standouts will be honored on the main stage at the weigh-in.


Below is the list of the 53 All-State anglers and 40 Honorable Mentions, in order by state:



Hudson Choquette, Headland

Braxton Hopper, Chelsea

Barclay Butler, Scottsboro (Honorable Mention)

Dixie Morris, Valley (Honorable Mention)

James Quinlivan, Headland (Honorable Mention)

Benjamin Travis, Birmingham (Honorable Mention)



Zachary VerBrugge, Lake Havasu City 



Austin Rose, Mena

Brady Horton, Clinton (Honorable Mention)

Jackson Smith, Fayetteville (Honorable Mention)



Bryce DiMauro, Longwood

Tyson Verkaik, Eustis

Drew Bradstreet, Lutz (Honorable Mention)

Nick Claussen, Dover (Honorable Mention)

Evan Newell, Lakeland (Honorable Mention)

Cole Rountree, Clermont (Honorable Mention)



Gabriel Clark, Ellerslie

Gage Sellars, Bainbridge

Henry Garrett, Evans (Honorable Mention)

Jacob Hodge, Evans (Honorable Mention)

Cohen Smith, Williamson (Honorable Mention)



Szymon Piton, Orland Park

Laindree Richardson, Benton

Andrew Kay, Shorewood (Honorable Mention)

Hunter Petrovic, Minooka (Honorable Mention)



Cole Berry, Terre Haute

Dylan May, Brownsburg



Kolby Angell, Grand Junction

Tyler Loudon, Creston

Caleb Neu, Johnston (Honorable Mention)

Jackson Toale, Independence (Honorable Mention)



Colton Hutchinson, Bonner Springs



Evan Fields, Shelbyville

Jaydon Coggins, Burnside (Honorable Mention)



Levi Thibodaux, Thibodaux

Jase White, Haughton

Evan Howe, Keatchie (Honorable Mention)

Wade Roberts, Lake Charles (Honorable Mention)



Colby Carrier, Skowhegan



Grayden Scibilia, Hagerstown



Nicholas Frumkin, Lincoln 



Brayden Ruckman, Freeland

Henri Sturm, Fenton



Jacob Panichi, Cook

Matt Boerboom, Inver Grove Heights (Honorable Mention)

Lance Nelson, Rosemount (Honorable Mention)

Noah Wells, Esko (Honorable Mention)



Wes Bailey, Brandon 

Parker O’Bryan, Brandon



Brock Rogers, Bradleyville



Logan Greeno, Kearney



Carter Doren, Las Vegas


New Hampshire

Cole Moulton, Enfield

Cameron Yates, New Durham

Alex Gross, Jefferson (Honorable Mention)


New Jersey

Nicholas DellaPorta, Pequannock 


New York

Rein Golubjatnikov, Pittsford

Tyler Mahood, Briarcliff Manor (Honorable Mention)

Christian Misciagna, Syracuse (Honorable Mention)


North Carolina

Harrison McCall, Salisbury

Drake Sturgill, Lincolnton

Hunter Alexander, China Grove (Honorable Mention)

Kaden Buchmann, Mooresville (Honorable Mention)



Kyle Johnson, Helena

Braden McNamara, Delaware

Mike Abbott Jr., Plain City (Honorable Mention)



Zack Cooper, Tahlequah

River Eubanks, Wilson



Trenton Carey, York Springs

Luke Rokavec, Mifflinburg

Carson Forrester, Chambersburg (Honorable Mention)

Ty Stroup, Mifflinburg (Honorable Mention)


South Carolina

Hunter Dill, Travelers Rest

Peyton Sorrow, Abbeville

Zachary McCraw, Gaffney (Honorable Mention)



Nathan Reynolds, Nashville

Banks Shaw, Harrison

Wayland Adkisson, Franklin (Honorable Mention)

Riley Faulkner, Jacksboro (Honorable Mention)

Carter Nutt, Nashville (Honorable Mention)

Dylan Nutt, Nashville (Honorable Mention)



Connor Dunn, Lucas

Jared Mizell, Pearland

Justin James, Orange (Honorable Mention)

Breckett Long, Livingston (Honorable Mention)

Kaden Mueck, Livingston (Honorable Mention)



Brendan Vinton, Braintree

Gordon Willey, White River Junction



Ryan Lachniet, Gum Spring

Shelby Rigney, Axton

Logan Buttolph, Doswell (Honorable Mention)



Hayden Nerland, Puyallup



Reece Keeney, Hortonville

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy is a leading full-line sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailer in the United States. Originally founded in 1938 as a family business in Texas, Academy has grown to 259 stores across 16 contiguous states. Academy's mission is to provide "Fun for All" and Academy fulfills this mission with a localized merchandising strategy and value proposition that strongly connects with a broad range of consumers. Academy's product assortment focuses on key categories of outdoor, apparel, footwear and sports & recreation through both leading national brands and a portfolio of 20 private label brands, which go well beyond traditional sporting goods and apparel offerings. For more information, visit www.academy.com

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, St. Croix Bassmaster Opens Series presented by Mossy Oak Fishing, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Strike King Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship, Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series powered by TourneyX, Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.


Alabama Fooball watches Nine players Go Through Pro Day

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football program hosted its annual Pro Day inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility Wednesday, with nine draft-eligible Crimson Tide athletes showcasing their talents in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams.

The draft-eligible players that participated in the events included Jalyn Armour-Davis, Slade Bolden, Christian Harris, Phidarian Mathis, Evan Neal, Chris Owens, LaBryan Ray, Brian Robinson Jr. and Daniel Wright.

Draft-eligible players that did not participate in on-field drills but were in attendance included Christopher Allen, Josh Jobe, John Metchie III and Jameson Williams.

Players will have another chance to take the field inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility Wednesday, April 13, for a second Pro Day.

Today’s annual event began at 11 a.m. CT with the athletes testing bench press and vertical jump in The Bill Battle Athletic Performance Center. They then tested in the broad jump, 40-yard dash, agility drills and position-specific drills in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. The SEC Network and NFL Network both broadcasted the Crimson Tide’s events. 

All 32 NFL teams were represented at the Crimson Tide Pro Day. The list of NFL attendees was highlighted by head coaches Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) and Mike McCarthy (Dallas Cowboys), along with Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert. Others in attendance included Dan Quinn (Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator) and Matt Patricia (New England Patriots senior football advisor).

The 2022 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 28-30 in Las Vegas, Nev. Full coverage will broadcast on NFL Network, ABC and ESPN.

Following the conclusion of Pro Day, head coach Nick Saban met with media and this is his opening statement.

From Head Coach Nick Saban

“Well, first of all, I’d like to welcome everybody here. This is a great opportunity for people in the National Football League, who we open our arms to, to come and have a chance to look at and evaluate our players. Lots of players here want to get an invitation, and we do the best we can to create a platform for them to be successful in that regard. They all also want the opportunity to play in the NFL someday, so we try to help them develop to be the best players they can be, so they can get opportunities like this. I think the better our players do when they get opportunities in the NFL, the more it benefits our program long term. And, obviously, I think a lot of things that are happening now in college football, its going to be more challenging to continue to be able to develop players, and that is a challenge that we’re certainly looking forward to. I really appreciate what these guys have to do. I did it for eight years in the NFL, you know, go around, travel around, work out players, try to get to know them better, gather information for the coaches to try to get to know them better. So, we appreciate them, and we try to do the best we can to make sure we accommodate them in a first-class way.”


Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.




Top Ranked Lee Boys looking for back to back State Championships

BIRMINGHAM – Defending state champion Lee-Huntsville downed UMS-Wright 59-36 in the final game of day 3 at the AHSAA’s 100th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continued at BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday night. 
    The victory for the Generals (25-6) of Coach Greg Brown sets up a  rematch in the Class 5A boys’ finals Saturday with Ramsay. In addition, the Lee girls also advanced to the finals for the first time with the Huntsville’s two programs each playing Saturday for state crowns.
    Lee’s swarming full-court press defense forced 26 UMS turnovers and the Generals took control early and never relinquished the lead. Lee’s two senior leaders Dexter Smith had 20 points and Jacari Lane had 16. Both played key roles in last year’s state championship run for Brown’s team. 
    UMS-Wright (26-10), coached by Michael Napp, was led by Barton Elliott’s 10 points and five rebounds. Bridges Simmons and Arthur Chitty added seven points each. The Bulldogs out-rebounded the taller Generals 24-14 for the game.
    The Class 7A girls’ and boys’ semifinals are scheduled for Thursday’s first session beginning at 9 a.m. Following conclusion of the four semifinal games, the AHSAA begins its championship games with the Class 1A girls finals at 4 p.m., followed by the 1A boys’ championship at 5:45 p.m. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conduct those title games on Saturday.
    This week’s semifinal and championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and are being over the AHSAA TV Network. WOTM TV is producing all the contests. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its radio/internet network as well.

Top Ranked Lee High Girls to play for the Class 5A State Championship

BIRMINGHAM – Lee-Huntsville High School’s girls’ basketball team made history Wednesday night. The Generals down St. Paul’s Episcopal 53-34 in the Class 5A semifinals as the AHSAA 100th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continued at BJCC Legacy Arena. 
    The victory sends the rising program of Coach J. Silas into Saturday morning's state championship game at Legacy Arena for the first time in school history. And it comes one year after Lee-Huntsville’s boys won their second state title. The boys also reached the 2022 state  tourney and was scheduled to play UMS-Wright in the Class 5A boys’ semifinals Wednesday night.
    Je’Niyah Silas, the daughter of Lee’s head coach, scored 20 points to led the Generals Wednesday. She was 5-of-6 at the free-throw line and made four 3-pointers. Defensively, she had a team high three steals. Limaya Batimba had nine points and Jayla Turner had eight points and two assists.
    St. Paul’s (19-12), coached by Amanda Niehoff, reached the state semifinals for the first time since 2007. Ella Vallas had an exceptional game with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Rachel Bell had three assists and scored three points, all on four free-throw attempts.
    The Class 7A girls’ and boys’ semifinals are scheduled for Thursday’s first session beginning at 9 a.m. Following conclusion of the four semifinal games, the AHSAA begins its championship games with the Class 1A girls finals at 4 p.m., followed by the 1A boys’ championship at 5:45 p.m. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conduct those title games on Saturday.
    This week’s semifinal and championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and are being over the AHSAA TV Network. WOTM TV is producing all the contests. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its radio/internet network as well.

Plainview to play for the Class 3A State Championship after Semifinal Win over Houston Academy

BIRMINGHAM – Plainview High School has become a regular visitor to Birmingham’s BJCC Legacy Arena for the AHSAA state basketball tournament in recent years, and it Tuesday morning it showed.
    The Bears (30-6) of Coach Robi Coker won their fifth straight game at the big arena, defeating Houston Academy 59-44 in AHSAA 100th State Basketball Championships Class 3A boys’ semifinal game. 
    “I thought our energy was great,” Coker said.
     The Bears took advantage of the Raiders’ early anxiety and built a double-digit lead in the first quarter but could never pull away from the Raiders (22-10) of Coach Scott Whitaker. 
     “If we could get the first quarter all over again, I feel like we’d have a chance,” Houston Academy’s Kadyn Mitchell said.
     Plainview played most of the first half without guard Cole Millican, who went to the bench with foul trouble. The Bears went six minutes without scoring. Houston Academy was unable to capitalize, however, scoring just two points during that stretch.
     Luke Smith led Plainview with 20 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Millican, who has scored more than 2,200 points in his career, added 17 points, seven rebounds and two 44     Kadyn Mitchell led Houston Academy with 16 points and six rebounds, and Kameryn Mitchell added 11 points. Adam Kesserwani contributed nine points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.
     Plainview advances to Friday’s championship game, which is set for 2:15 p.m. The Bears won state titles in 2018 and 2019 after finishing as runner-up in 2017 – all at Legacy Arena.
     Play continues Tuesday with semifinal play in Class 3A and Class 4A. Classes 6A and 5A played Wednesday and the Class 7A semis will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday after with 1A girls and boys. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conduct those title games on Saturday.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and are being televised over the AHSAA TV Network this week. WOTM TV is producing all the contests. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its radio/internet network as well.

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