New York’s Perry Marvin, Illinois’ Tyler Lubbat are Bassmaster High School All-Americans
Anglers from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas — states renowned for their bass fisheries — headline the Bassmaster High School All-American team with two selections apiece.
But don’t forget the Great Lakes states.
Tyler Lubbat of Wheeling, Ill., and Perry Marvin of Peru, N.Y., were among the 12 high school anglers selected Tuesday to the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
Lubbat, a junior at Buffalo Grove High School, has placed in the top five of nearly every tournament he has entered in the past 12 months, according to a Bassmaster release. He won eight of those events and earned a second-place finish in the 322-field Bassmaster High School Southern Open. Lubbat set a record for the five-fish limit in the Golden Sabre High School tournament series.
Tyler Lubbat has won eight events in the last 12 months and earned a second-place finish in the 322-field Bassmaster High School Southern Open. Lubbat set a new record for the five-fish limit in the Golden Sabre High School tournament series. (bassmaster.com photo)
He participates in the Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation program to use recycled plastics to make fishing awards and plaques.
In addition to his fishing accomplishments, Lubbat has qualified for the state math competition the last two years, and recently qualified for state with DECA, an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. He also made sectionals for the World Youth Science and Engineering Organization’s high school academic competition.
“Tyler has been the face of the class board as an elected treasurer for three consecutive years,” wrote Francesca Murphy, Buffalo Grove High School counselor. “It is evident that he is a positive role model as his classmates have elected him every year … Our district has even accepted him into our medical academy, a very competitive program that only accepts 15 students per year.”
Marvin, a senior at Peru Central High School and member of the Adirondack Anglers bass fishing team, has won two championships in the past year — a high school state championship on the St. Lawrence River and a high school regional championship on Lake Champlain. He is a three-time New York State SAF High School champion, the 2016 SAF High School Regional champion and is the youngest angler to ever represent New York on the 2016 TBF State Fishing Team.
As president of his bass fishing club, Marvin coordinated the building and installation of a used-line depository at the local Peru boat ramp, and he has served as a guest speaker at Plattsburgh State University. In addition to his time spent on the water, Marvin is the school captain for the Math League, a United Nations school delegate and recipient of the Intermediate Value Theorem Award — Peru Central School.
“He is a team player who understands that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” wrote Peru High School Principal Christopher Mazzella. “Perry Marvin is respected by his peers and is seen as a leader in our school.”
Also selected to the team: Dalton Combs, Ozark, Mo.; Oakley Connor, Travelers Rest, S.C.; Cade Fortenberry, Prairieville, La.; Jared Gobel, Lumberton, Texas; Reese Jones, Rogers, Ark.; Colby Miller, Elmer, La.; Trace O’Dell, Buna, Texas; Kyle Palmer, Estill Springs, Tenn.; Logan Parks, Auburn, Ala.; Bryer Pennington, Prescott, Ark.
More than 380 applications from students grades 10-12 were submitted from 40 states across the nation for consideration for the team. Of those, 69 were chosen as Bassmaster All-State anglers. After reviewing tournament résumés, community service activities and recommendations from coaches and school officials, a panel of judges further narrowed the field to these top 12 high school anglers in the country.
The team has been invited to participate in a special Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament being held in conjunction with the 2017 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department event, May 17-21 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir out of Lufkin, Texas. Each All-American angler will be paired with an Elite Series pro for the one-day derby scheduled on a nearby fishery.
— bassmaster.com contributed to this report