By Nicole Rogers
OWEN-WITHEE - Ben Martin, Owen-Withee Elementary Teacher,recently requested the O-W school board approve a Fishing Club. The board unanimously approved this new extracurricular activity and the club was quickly off to the frozen lakes. It was noted at the January board meeting, there would be no cost to the school, except the use of the school van, Ben offered to volunteer his time and the gear if needed. Parents of the fishing club team could also help out by supervising or offering use of boats or ice shacks.
“I was inspired to start this club because I have always been an avid fisherman, I was on the UW-Stevens Point Bass Fishing team, then I started a high school fishing team at Wausau West. Fishing is a great lifelong activity and I want to give these students an opportunity to experience competitive fishing.” Martin explained.
The Fishing Club will take part in both ice fishing and summer fishing tournaments. Members of the team include Allen Heindl, Kiefer Cook, Alex Fritz, Lucas Rasmussen, Vincent Henke, Roy Stinson, Katie Erickson,Carter Klabon, Colin Dallman, Henry Buss, Connor Simington, Caleb Geldernick,Mason Gay, Ryan Nelson, Molly Tyznik, Jaidyn Rohland, Sidney Halida, Sawyer Young, Colin Fritz, Brett Baehr, Cuba Sowieja, Lane LaRock, Anthony Wendland,Autumn Nelson and Linus Maas.
On Jan. 22 the O-W team competed in their first tournament at Lake Minocqua. The team placed first with perch at 70.5.” Linus pulled in the 5th largest perch at 9.5,” Ryan had 3rd largest large mouth at 14.75” and Alex caught a 20” walleye. The anglers traveled to Rice Lake on Jan. 29 for their second tournament. Coach Martin reported that he had parents helping out with both tournaments.
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