April 22, 2011
Some Schools Struggle to Afford Bass Tourney Teams
By Chad Love
School-sanctioned bass fishing tournaments are an increasingly popular sport for high school students, but in the current economic climate some schools who want to field a tournament team can’t afford it.
From this story in the Chicago Tribune:
The Illinois High School Association's bass-fishing tournament starts this week with many schools skipping the event because of cost and liability. About 225 schools, or 30 percent of IHSA membership, are expected to participate in the tournament's third year, which gets under way Friday. Students at Rockton's Hononegah Community High School are interested in forming a team. But athletic director Jay Lauscher tells the Rockford Register Star that liability issues must be addressed before students get into a boat. Athletic director Shane Turner says Machesney Park's Harlem High School may eventually field a team. He calls bass fishing a growing sport his school wants to be a part of.
Anything similar happening with high schools in your area?