Illinois High-Schoolers Hooked On Bass Fishing

From the Chicago Tribune:

_Brian McDonald understands why people snicker at the mention of Vernon Hills High School's new bass fishing team.

Even McDonald, the school's athletic director, has trouble promoting the coming Cougar Bass Fishing Classic tournament without cracking a smile.

"I'm still trying to say it with a straight face," he said. "To put bass fishing out there as a sport, it makes people chuckle a little."

But students across the state are casting out lines in search of a big catch now that Illinois has become the first state in the country to adopt bass fishing as a high school sport. Teams have formed at more than 60 schools, and a state championship will be held this spring._