Chase Banister figures he and John Weddle were one big bite away from winning the Indiana State High School Fishing Championship.
As it was, the Columbus East duo finished runner-up with a total weight of 8 pounds, 15 ounces from their five bass. Wabash Valley Bass Club’s Elijah Hamrick and Griffen Fernandes won with a 10-pound, 4-ounce haul.
“We needed that one big bite, but that’s how it goes,” said Banister, a recent East graduate who is headed to Indiana University.
Banister, who started East’s bass fishing club last year, said he and Weddle ended up throwing three or four fish back because they weren’t big enough to be in their top five. The contestants were limited to five bass.
“We were pretty excited because the people that we were fishing against, that was kind of their territory,” said Weddle, who will be a junior. “We were fishing that lake for the first time, so for the first time fishing that lake, that was pretty dang good.”
The tournament, which ran from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on Lake Shafer near Monticello, featured 19 two-person teams. East’s Luke Fry and Luke Poindexter competed, but did not catch any fish.
With the top 10 percent from each state championship qualifying for a High School Fishing conference championship, only the winning team advanced. Had their been one more team in the field, the second-place team also would have advanced.
“We were pleased,” Banister said. “I feel like we did everything we could have done. You do the best you can and let the chips fall from there. We were proud with that finish.”
Panther selected All-State
Jennings County senior Lisa McIntosh has been named first-team All-State in softball by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association.
Columbus North senior Denisa Brooks and Hauser sophomore Leslie Sims are third-team selections.
North duo on second team
North senior Sara Vanderkolk and junior Sydney Anderson have been named second-team All-State in girls tennis by both the the ICGSA and the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association.
Seymour sophomore Emma Wood and junior Karen Dringenburg are also on the second team for both organizations. East senior Ashlee Hasson and junior Megan Galle, North sophomore Paige Littrell and freshman Aubrey Smith and Seymour junior Marley Vehslage are IHSTeCA honorable mention selections.
Bull Dogs face off
North’s Ali Patberg scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Friday to help lead Team Wilkerson to a 93-85 win over Team Benson in one of the Junior Girls Games in the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic at Anderson University.
Patberg also had four rebounds for Team Wilkerson. North’s Debie Gedeon had five points, five rebounds and two steals for Team Benson.
On Saturday, Jennings’ Brad Hunt scored eight points in Team Wilkerson’s 70-69 loss to Team Benson in the 3A-4A Senior Boys Game.
Track athletes honored
Bloomington South junior Deakin Volz and Fort Wayne Concordia senior Symone Black have been named the Gatorade Indiana Boys and Girls Track and Field Athletes of the Year.
Volz broke the boys state meet record in the pole vault with a leap of 17 feet, ½ inch and also broke the overall state record with an earlier effort of 17-3. Black won the girls 300-meter hurdles in a state-meet record 41.36 seconds and the 100 hurdles in 14.17.