Meet the Peoria-area anglers set to compete for an IHSA bass fishing state title – Peoria Journal Star


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The Illinois High School Association bass fishing sectionals were May 6, with the state finals set for Friday and Saturday at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle. The Peoria area has had its share of success in the event, which debuted in 2009. Illini West (2010), Canton (2011) and Morton (2013) won three of the first five state titles.Eight area boats will be among the 75 scheduled to take to the water starting 7 a.m. both days. They're all scheduled to return to dock between 3 p.m. and 3: 30 p.m. each day. Awards are scheduled for 4: 30 p.m. Saturday.We take a look at each of the Peoria-area boats: DunlapAnglers:  Brock Blazier, Tyler PresleyCoach: Rob BeckmanDriver:  Bob BeckmanPath to state: The Eagles are back at state for the sixth time, looking to improve on their seventh-place finish in 2016. They took second at the Lake McMaster sectional, pulling in 9 pounds, 1.7 ounces.EurekaAnglers: Trevor Carroll, Andrew Brittain, Owen SteffenCoach, driver: Eric SeimPath to state: The Hornets pulled in 7.44 pounds of fish to take third at Evergreen Lake. This will be the school's third trip to the state finals.FarmingtonAnglers: Drew Vawter, James Clark, Emily Vallianatos, Dawson FosterCoach, driver: Ron BoyerPath to state: Farmers are back at state for the ninth time after a fourth-place finish in 2017 and a second-place in 2018. They won the Banner Marsh sectional with 14 pounds, 6 ounces, the school's seventh sectional title in the sport.Illini BluffsAnglers: Dalton Wills, Vance Roberts, Ethan Roberts, Ethan BallardCoach: Brian BevillDriver: Bob WorrickPath to state: This is the Tigers' fifth trip to state and first since 2015. They took second in the Banner Marsh sectional with a haul of 13 pounds.KnoxvilleAnglers: Titus Cramer, Maddox NicholsCoach, driver: Tim CramerPath to state: Knoxville makes its first trip to the state finals by winning the Lake McMaster sectional with a haul of 10 pounds, 10.3 ounces. MidlandAnglers: Brandon Collins, Brady Hatton, Gabe Jones, Richard TaubeCoach, driver: Doug GudatPath to state: The Varna-based school makes its first trip to state with a second-place finish at the Evergreen Lake sectional. The Timberwolves hauled in a catch of 7.82 pounds to advance.Peoria Notre DameAnglers: Charlie Woosley, Jack HanleyCoach, driver:  Ron RolingPath to state: The Irish won their second sectional title at Evergreen Lake, pulling in 9.07 pounds. This will be PND's fifth trip to the state finals.Spoon River ValleyAnglers: Cameron Schulthes, Mason Tessier, Caleb Mason, Sidney AndersonCoach: Mike QuickDriver: Cody WengerPath to state: The first trip to state for the London Mills-based school. They took third in the Banner Marsh sectional with 12 pounds, 6 ounces.Wes Huett is Journal Star sports editor. Email him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @WesHuett.
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