Crestview HS Creates a B.A.S.S. Master’s Club

Crestview HS Creates a B.A.S.S. Master’s Club

Crestview High School recently announced the creation of a new Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society (B.A.S.S.) Master’s Club. As part of the B.A.S.S. High School Nation, young anglers can compete in the B.A.S.S. High School Nation Opens and in the B.A.S.S. High School Nation Championship. Teen anglers can also attend the High School Elite Experience, a free opportunity for anglers who live near certain Bassmaster Elite Series tour stops. The B.A.S.S. High School Nation is helping shape the future of the sport, one high school club at a time. The High School club members enjoy camaraderie and competition, as well as education and conservation programs.

“I’m very thankful for the efforts of people like our principal Dexter Day, school board member Tim Bryant and all of the support from students, parents, sponsors and the community for believing in this and getting behind it,” said Coach Ernie Martin the Club’s sponsor.

Glenn Cale, B.A.S.S. Master’s High School Federation spokesman, told the students and their parents that he and B.A.S.S. are dedicated to providing interested students with the opportunity to bass fish competitively, while also learning about the sport, education, and business opportunities related to the sport.

Martin is excited about the opportunity this new club will give to students who might not be competitive in other sports. “It’s an opportunity for those who can’t throw a 99-mile per hour pitch or make a 3-point jump shot to compete in a different way and at a different level,” he said. “It provides an avenue for students to find something else to do besides sitting with a game controller or a phone, but to be outside and be active.”

Students will not only spend time out on the water practicing their fishing skills but will also attend safety seminars and learn fishing techniques from guest speakers.

The students will compete with the Nation High School Circuit Fishing Tournaments and will be eligible to earn college scholarships while competing against other schools in the state. Martin hopes to have his team ready and make one tournament during the spring semester. “We might try for two and that would be great to give our students a chance at state,” Martin said. “If not, next fall we will be rip-roaring and ready to go.”

The next meeting and registration to become a member of the club will be held in the school’s media center on January 14, 2010, from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. All interested students, their parents, and sponsors are welcomed to attend.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the club can contact Ernie Martin at Crestview High School for more information.

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