Illinois' Kaneland High School Wins U.S. Army High School Fishing Open at Lake of the Ozarks Presented by Googan Baits - Major League Fishing
Illinois’ Kaneland High School Wins U.S. Army High School Fishing Open at Lake of the Ozarks Presented by Googan Baits
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Illinois’ Kaneland High School Wins U.S. Army High School Fishing Open at Lake of the Ozarks Presented by Googan Baits

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October 19, 2021 • MLF • Press Releases

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – The Kaneland High School duo of Jake Mantovani of Napierville, Illinois, and Carter Pjesky of Sugar Grove, Illinois, won the U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Open at Lake of the Ozarks Presented by Googan Baits on Saturday in Osage Beach, Missouri. The victory advanced the winning team to the 2022 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship.

According to post-tournament reports, the duo caught their fish targeting bridges and rocks in deep water with an underspin, a Heddon Zara Spook, a Ned rig and a drop-shot rig.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANKSCHOOL/CLUB NAME/CITYANGLER NAMEBASSWEIGHT
1stKaneland High School, Maple Park, Ill.*Jake Mantovani, Napierville, Ill. Carter Pjesky, Sugar Grove, Ill.512-8
2ndLincoln County Lunkers*Alec Davidson, Troy, Mo. Ronin Picker, Moscow Mills, Mo.512-6
3rdBradleyville High School*Wyatt Marler, Oldfield, Mo. Brock Rogers, Bradleyville, Mo.412-1
4thBolivar High School*Ryder Hall, Bolivar, Mo. Logan Welch, Bolivar, Mo.511-15
5thClearwater High School, Piedmont, Mo.Caden McAlister, Piedmont, Mo. Brayden Wilson, Piedmont, Mo.59-14
6thTimberland High School, Wentzville, Mo.Nick Dawson Wentzville, Mo. Austin Smith, Wentzville, Mo.38-9  
7thAurora Central Catholic High School, Aurora, Ill.Adam Bartlett, Aurora, Ill. Michael Cooper, Aurora, Ill.28-9
8thCarthage High School, Carthage, Mo.Tristan Beck, Carthage, Mo. Colson Brust, Carthage, Mo.38-7
9thEureka High School, Eureka, Mo.Nate Bridges, Eureka, Mo. Grant Priesmeyer, Eureka, Mo.26-11
10thNewton Community High School, Newton, Ill.  Kyson Bradley, Newton, Ill. Ian Fehrenbacher, Ingraham, Ill.36-8

*National Championship Qualifier. The top 10% of teams advance to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship

Complete results from the event can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

2022 UPCOMING QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENTDATELOCATIONHOST
2022 U.S. Army High School Fishing National Championship & World FinalsJune 22-25, 2022Pickwick Lake & Wilson LakeFlorence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournaments are free, two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and are open to any MLF and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships will advance to the 2021 U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing National Championship. The U.S. Army High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

The first 25 high school teams that enter each U.S. Army High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournament will receive a free Favorite Fishing package, including one Favorite Fishing casting rod and reel, one Favorite Fishing spinning rod and reel, six packs of Googan Baits and two Favorite Fishing hats, a total package value of $230. Most tournaments are also hosted by a Bass Pro Tour angler or Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit angler, giving high school students the chance to meet the sport’s top pros. As an added bonus, the winning team at each tournament will receive a guided fishing trip with their pro angler host.   

In addition to the U.S. Army High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2022 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. More than $2.8 million in scholarships and prizes were offered at the 2021 World Finals.

Full schedules and the latest announcements, photos and articles are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and MajorLeagueFishing.com.