Crusader Bass Team Takes 2nd Place in Sectionals – Advances to IHSA State Championship

The Crusader anglers fished the state sectionals on Monday May 7, 2018, on the Des Plaines River in Channahon, Illinois.  There were 10 schools and 17 boats competing.  Statewide, 300 schools and over 500 boats competed across 22 lakes throughout Illinois.

Representing Brother Rice were junior Nolan Quinn, sophomore Jack Finnegan, and freshmen Collin Rice and Ryan Arbagy.  Quinn and Finnegan struck early, having 2 keeper bass in the boat by 9:30 A.M., but they had no luck improving their bag.  Rice and Arbagy started slow but were able to put 3 nice keepers in the box, including a last minute lunker by Arbagy just over 4 pounds, which turned out to be the big bass for the tournament.  Word at weigh-in was that the fishing was slow and a lot of teams had light bags to weigh, which got the BR team’s hopes up to maybe going downstate again for our 5th appearance in 10 years since bass fishing became an IHSA sanctioned sport.

The top three teams from each of the 22 lakes qualify for the IHSA state championship on Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, Illinois, on May 18-19 during a two-day tournament.  Sixty-six boats from over 30 schools will be participating in the state championship.

At our sectional, Providence Catholic weighed in 5 fish at 10 lbs 15.6 ounces for first place.  The Crusaders came to the scales with 5 fish weighing 9 lbs 3.4 ounces for second place. Marist weighed in 4 fish at 9lbs 0.4 ounces after a 1 pound penalty deduction for a dead fish. The Crusader anglers knew they were advancing to the championship.  Complete statewide results can be found on the IHSA website under the bass fishing link at www.IHSA.ORG

Congratulations to Head Coach Ted Lowery ‘73 and Assistant Coaches Jimmy Ciurej ‘13 and Bryon Lee ‘13 who lead the team to a strong finish.  Good luck to our Crusader anglers downstate next week in the IHSA State Bass Fishing Championship!


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