Sixty-two outstanding high school anglers, including Wes Rollo of Natchitoches Central High School, were named to the 2019 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. The students were selected based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement and leadership in conservation and community service.
“The Bassmaster High School All-American program recognizes the best young anglers in the nation,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “These student athletes are at the top of our sport both with their tournament success and academic achievements. We are proud to honor their accomplishments on a national level.” 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 GPA of 2.5 or higher were eligible. B.A.S.S. received more than 400 nominations. A second panel of judges will review nominations of the 62 All-State team members and select 12 members of the 2019 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. As in All-State judging, criteria include success in high school fishing tournaments, 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 during the 2019 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department event, a fan-favorite festival May 2-6 on Lake Fork near Emory, Texas. Elite Series anglers will serve as teammates and “coaches” of the student anglers in the tournament.
The high school standouts will be honored on the main Texas Fest stage at the weigh-in. Louisiana anglers also include Bryant Martin of Crowley.