Springfield — Two high school anglers from Illinois have been named to the 2018 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team, while three others received honorable mention.
Alec Berens, of Channahon, and Tyler Lubbat, of Wheeling, joined 62 other fishermen from all over the country on the All-State team. Both are now candidates to be named to the 12-member All-American fishing team.
Berens was part of a Minooka High team that finished eighth in last year’s Illinois High School Association bass fishing state finals.
Lubbat was part of the Buffalo Grove team that won the IHSA state championship last year.
The students were selected for the honor based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement, and leadership in conservation and community service.
Jordan Bowlin, of Benton, Tyler Christy, of Bolingbrook, and Adam Hingson, of Atwood, were honorable mention recipients.
“We’re proud to be investing in the next generation of anglers with the high school all-American program,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “This project highlights the best young anglers in the nation, and the resumes of the students nominated for all-state and all-American honors proves just how valuable this generation will be to sportfishing.”
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 currently enrolled in grades 10-12 with a current-year grade point average of 2.5 or higher were eligible.
B.A.S.S. received more than 465 nominations from across the nation, a more than 100 percent increase since the inception of the program. From these, judges selected 64 student anglers from 38 states to make the All-State Fishing Team. Fifty-six students were also chosen as Honorable Mentions — recognized for their tournament success as well as community service and academic achievement.
“Our All-State team is such a strong group of anglers who have tremendous fishing accomplishments, as well as extensive conservation and community service, and academic achievements,” said Hank Weldon, senior manager of the B.A.S.S. High School program.“We are extremely honored to see this program flourish, and we congratulate these student anglers on their success on and off the water.”
A second panel of judges will review nominations of the 64 All-State team members and select the 12 members of the 2018 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team.
As in All-State judging, criteria include success in high school fishing tournaments and involvement in conservation efforts and other community service activities.
The 12 finalists will compete in a one-day Bassmaster All-American High School Bass Tournament held during the 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, a fan-favorite festival that will be held May 17-20 on Lake Travis outside of Jonestown, Texas.