Lake City Middle School students are getting hooked on their very first fishing team as students gather their rods, reels and bait for this amazing opportunity.
The fishing team came to fruition because a group of students last year asked about forming one. One of the current members of the fishing team, Jesse Vowell, asked LCMAS Athletic Director Michael Hopper if it would be feasible if the school had at team.
Hopper gathered all of the information from the Anderson County High School Coach Will Vanetten and the CCMS fishing coach. Hopper was able to register the LCMS team on the Bass Pro Shops Tennessee Fishing Trail.
The LCMS fishing team is a non-sanctioned sport and is considered a “club sport.” LCMS students have to pay a $10 fee to be a part of the Tennessee Bass Nation and the Bass Nation through Bassmasters. Once they have registered a team and are approved, it is up to the anglers to book their tournaments and provide transportation for themselves to get to each tournament.
The LCMS faculty members who will be representing the LCMS Fishing Team are Michael Hopper and Tonia Gossett.
Current fishing team members are Natalie Bullock, Jesse Vowell, Josh Vowell and Evan Prewitt. The boat captain for Natalie Bullock and Jesse Vowell is Natalie’s father, Chris Bullock; and the boat captain for Josh Vowell and Evan Prewitt is Josh Hawkins, local business owner and pastor of Anchor of Hope Baptist Church.
The first LCMS fishing tournament was scheduled for Oct. 9 at Cherokee Lake.