Article by Mark Hooker – Photos Courtesy of Debbie Pietsch
The Montgomery ISD Fishing Team has just closed out another successful Conference Season in the Houston Division of the Texas High School Bass Association. For the first time in the 5 year History of the Program, the MISD Fishing Team finished in a place other than 1st, finishing second to the Hargrave Falcons. Although, coming in 2nd out of 42 area High Schools in the Houston Division, is nothing to be ashamed of. Especially in light of the number of schools in the Conference, and how fierce the competition has been.
The MISD Fishing Team have been trend setters, winning 4 out of the last 5 Conference Titles, and having the distinction of being the only Back to Back Regional Champions in THSBA History, as well as the THSBA State Champions in 2017. The 2018-19 Team is focused on continuing their Regional Streak at Lake Somerville on April the 20th, looking to continue making History, by winning 3 Regional Championships in a Row.
Looking to lead the way for the MISD Fishing Team are Top Ten Finishers in the Anglers of the Year Race, Carson Rennell & Dallin Turner, as well as Cameron Middleton and Clay Wedgman. Both of these teams had very successful Individual Seasons, and are looking to continue their impressive ways at Regionals.
Also look to Former Angler of the Year Mason Hoke, and his partner Declan Scansen to make a “splash” as well. Then, there are the Hird Brothers, in Zach and Jake, which have been very consistent all year. The Team is also looking to count on top 50 qualifiers Logan Beverung and Jack Shafer, as well as John Franks and Chris Kinney, plus Kade Beall and Clayton Holcomb, as well as Cote Derossett and Jeremy Humrich.
Lastly, the Team will be able to count on Perennial State Qualifiers in Ethan Price and Taylor Peel, as well as get Senior leadership from the current President & Vice President of the Club, Dylan Winders & Zach Thompson.
All of the aforementioned Teams had the honor and distinction of being in the Top 50 out of well over 300 teams from 42 Area High Schools to compete in the Houston Division of the THSBA. Realistically, because the Montgomery Team is so solid, any number of 26 Teams from MISD could help the cause. Such as longtime Team Members Clayton Smith and Tanner Poole, who have helped the Team immensely in the past.
Either way, you can bet that the young Ladies and Gentlemen of the MISD Fishing Team will put forth maximum effort to make some more history at the Regional Tournament. Representing not only themselves, their respective schools in Lake Creek and Montgomery High Schools, but also the community as a whole.