MISD: “Improvise, Overcome, Adapt”
When the MISD Fishing Team, along with 30 other High Schools and Programs descended upon Lake Somerville this past Saturday for the first Texas High School Bass Association Houston Division Tournament of the season, most knew it was going to be a tough event. Many who pre-fished long hours over several days prior to the event, reported that catching keeper fish, much less a 5 Bass limit was going to be extremely difficult.
Sure, the weather was perfect for say golf or tennis, but having high pressure both barometrically, as well as the number of boats on the water, made it almost downright unbearable. Just from the THSBA there were 174 boats, couple this with normal weekend traffic, and you had a recipe for crowded and tougher than normal conditions. Another factor is that the day of the Tournament, the lake was right at 6 feet low and dropping.
However, those of you that have been following this Program for the past 8 years know one thing about them, they do not quit. To take a quote from the Clint Eastwood movie Heartbreak Ridge, they “Improvise, Overcome, Adapt.”
This is exactly what it took for the MISD Fishing Team to compete so well under these tough conditions. Normally, the formula for a Program to win the event as a Team is that they must have 3 Teams in the Top 10. Heck fire, this group went one better, placing 4 Teams in the Top 10 spots, with reigning TBF National Champions Fallon Clepper and Wyatt Ford nailing down the 10th spot with a total weight of 8.64 pounds. See, I wasn’t kidding when I said it was tough! They were followed by Nate Millner and Curtis McCauley who brought 10.39 to the scales, earning them 8th Place. Coming in 7th Place fishing solo was Banks Tessier with a solid weight of 10.81 pounds. Our top placing Team was Trevor Mahoney and Kason Cryer, who brought 10.93 pounds to the stage, landing them in 4th place. All total, our top 3 Teams had a cumulative weight of 32.13 pounds.
As indicated above, normally having 3 Teams in the Top 10 would be the recipe for a school or program to win the Team Title. However, this particular tournament was far from normal, and it simply wasn’t meant to be, as we need to tip our caps to the defending THSBA State Champions College Station. They earned the victory with their top 3 Teams weighing in 32.59 pounds, edging your MISD Fishing Team by less than half a pound.
This was a well-deserved win for College Station, defending their home turf at Lake Somerville. The MISD Fishing Team had the same opportunity, where the next tournament was on Lake Conroe on October 29th. The weigh-in started at 3:00 PM at the MISD stadium.