CPHS Fishing: Three teams place top-twenty at State Championship

Several fishing teams from Charles Page High School competed in the recent Oklahoma Bass Nation High School Championship. Two teams finished in the top fifteen and three in the top twenty out of 125. 

More than forty teams failed to land a single catch Saturday, March 31st on Grand Lake. 

Mack Taylor and Reese David placed thirteenth with three fish totaling 9.49 pounds.

Hunter Hilger and Noah Daczewitz placed fourteenth with four fish totaling 9.03 pounds. 

Collin Brady and Hayden King placed seventeenth with three fish totaling 8.33 pounds.

Kale and Kyle Hilligoss placed 55th with a 3.24 pound bass. 

John Miller and Caden Pennington caught a 2.69 pound bass for 61st place. 

Carl McCalaflin and Hunter Johnson came in 67th with a 2.24 pound catch. 

The teams aren't officially sponsored by the schools and don't receive public funding. Each team consists of two student anglers and one adult coach/pilot. They are responsible for providing their own boat, supplies, and entry fees, and do so through corporate sponsorships. Sand Springs has eleven teams.

Kiowa's Lane Couch and Noah Belt won the State title with an 18.13 pound catch, hauling in the five-fish limit. Spiro came in runner-up with five fish totaling 15.95 pounds, and both teams qualified for the National Championship later this summer. Dale High had the largest fish of the tournament at 5.87 pounds. 

Five more teams will qualify for Nationals from the Trail events. The Hilligoss team is currently third in team standings after a runner-up finish at the first event of the season. Taylor and David are ranked ninth, Ty Steelman and Braden Millican are thirteenth, Seth Kearns and Cole Scott are 25th, Daczewitz and Hilger are 60th, Miller and Pennington are 71st. State Championship results will not count toward Trail standings. 

The next Trail events will be held at Lake Texoma on May 5th and 6th.