After graduating four senior starters last spring, the Highland High School bass fishing team brought four juniors to compete in the 2015 IHSA Coffeen Lake Sectional.
In a field that included 10 schools and 17 boats, the Highland team of Blake Schmaucher and Hampton Dufrain, with boat captain Jon Rinderer, took first place with a five-fish limit weighing in at 15.22 pounds.
The alternates for boat No. 1 were Jake Freeman and Jimmie Smith.
Alec Rebbe and Micheal Frank, in Highland’s second boat guided by Scott Sautman, finished in fifth place with a five-fish limit weighing in at 9.38 pounds.
Alternates for boat No. 2 were Reid Fahenholtz and Gavin Potthast.
Other teams placing in the top three and will be advancing to the state finals were second-place finishers Father McGivney Catholic High School with four fish weighing 13.91 pounds, and third-place Triad with five fish weighing in at 12.08 pounds.
Sophomore Ethan Jones was the angler in Father McGivney’s boat while Brian Helm was the driver of the boat.
Triad’s anglers were Braden Patterson and Chris Youngman. Cody Hillyard drove the boat.
The top three teams from the Coffeen sectional will be competing with 63 other sectional qualifiers at the IHSA State Finals on Carlyle Lake on May 15 and 16.