The Washington County High School Bass Fishing Team, with volunteer boaters, at the regional tournament. Back row, from left to right: Jeremy Bowen, Tim Messer, Troy Shelton, Dale Bartley, Thomas Bartley, Trenton Landram, Alex Cochran and Thomas Smith. Front row, from left to right: Mason Hamilton, Nathaniel Messer, Tanner Yates, Michael Shelton, Scott Sagrecy and Trevor Sagrecy. Not pictured: Emma Lawson and Aaron Durling. (Photo submitted).
(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – The Washington County High School Bass Fishing Team recently competed in the regional and state tournaments. Coached by Tim Messer, who is also assistant principal at WCHS, the members of the team included Trevor Sagrecy, Michael Shelton, Thomas Smith, Tanner Yates, Thomas Bartley, Emma Lawson, Alex Cochran, Nathaniel Messer, Trenton Landrum, Aaron Durling and Mason Hamilton. Volunteer boaters included Messer (Coach), Jeremy Bowen, Scott Sagrecy, Troy Shelton and Dale Bartley.
The regional tournament was held on April 23, 2016 on Lake Cumberland, where 117 boats competed. Students Sagrecy and Shelton, riding in the boat with Scott Sagrecy, clinched first place at the regional tournament, which was the second regional win for the team in four years. Hamilton and Messer placed eighth. Those two teams went on to compete in the state tournament.
Team members Michael Shelton and Trevor Sagrecy with their regional tournament trophy. (Photo submitted).
The state tournament was held on May 13-14, 2016 on Kentucky Lake. On the first day, Sagrecy and Shelton placed 39th and Hamilton and Messer placed 21st. On the second day, Sagrecy and Shelton placed 61st and Hamilton and Messer placed sixth. Hamilton and Messer had the largest bag of fish weigh in for all competitors on the second day of the state tournament.
Team member Mason Hamilton, volunteer boater Jeremy Bowen and team member Nathaniel Messer at the state tournament. (Photo submitted).
“I am very proud of all of our fisherman,” says Messer. “They competed extremely hard in both the regional and state tournament. Michael and Trevor have been our leaders for the last four years. They have worked hard enough to gain a fishing scholarship to Campbellsville University. I know both young men will do well in school and for the fishing team. All of the members of the fishing team [work] very hard in order to get the opportunity to fish in the regional tournament and hopefully make the qualifying cut so they can compete in the state tournament. We have a strong fishing group coming up next year and I know they will compete very hard in the region to try and make it to the state tournament.”
Messer also thanked all of the volunteer boaters. “Without their time, knowledge and fishing ability, none of this would be possible,” said Messer. “I would like to thank all of our sponsors [as well] that we wear so proudly on our jerseys [which include Brady Electric, M&J Construction, PR Electric, Lawson Gutters, River of Life Church, Indoor/Outdoor Electric, Corner Market, Cross Fit, AM Electrical and the Law Offices of Mattingly, Simms, Robinson & McCain]. With their contributions, we were able to purchase jerseys with their logos. It makes our fishermen look like professionals. I would also like to thank our board of education and [our] high school principal for allowing the fishing team to exist. Without them none of this would be possible and our kids would not get an opportunity to compete in these tournaments.”
“We are very fortunate to have the support of the board of education, community and parents all of which allows us to have the Bass Commanders team,” says Washington County Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. ‘This KHSAA sport allows many students to turn a hobby into opportunities that impact their future college and career goals. The experiences and responsibilities are numerous. Washington County High School’s team has been very competitive since the beginning of the sport and this year was no exception. Both teams that went to state represented Washington County well and we are very proud of their accomplishments.”