In the upcoming school year, Clay County High School will add Bass Fishing as a competitive team sport, and can compete against other surrounding schools for a chance to advance to regional/state competition. Athletic Director Tommy Nicholson gave some insight on what to expect about the program moving forward.
Mr. Nicholson believes that you simply can never have too many extra-curricular activities, he hit the nail on the head as to why. “By adding bass fishing, students will have another opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities at Clay County High School,” he said. “Several students who have expressed interest did not previously participate in any sports or activities, and this program will hopefully get them involved in a wonderful sport.”
Expectations are high for any sport at CCHS, and Nicholson expects highly of this program as well. “The expectations for bass fishing will be the same as any other sport at CCHS, which is to compete at a high level, contend at the regional and state level, and represent the school and the county in a positive manner,” he stated.
Bass fishing is a fall sport, and Mr. Nicholson laid out a few of the guidelines concerning when the sport begins, and what may occur. “KHSAA team competition will start during the 2019-2020 school year,” he said. “However, student anglers can compete in high school tournaments sponsored by FLW, BASS, and Kentucky Bass Federation during the summer. Beginning in the fall, the team will have three team tournaments, and each tournament student anglers will earn points towards the regional competition. At the conclusion of the third tournament, the top six boats will advance to the region to represent Clay County High School.”
Mr. Nicholson also noted, to anyone who owns a boat and would like to volunteer to lead student angler’s during team tournaments, to please contact him at CCHS for more information on how to register to do so.