The Highland High School bass fishing team of juniors Hampton Dufrain and Blake Schumacher had a huge comeback on the second day to earn second place overall at the Illinois High School Association Bass Fishing State Finals last Saturday at Carlyle Lake.
Dufrain and Schumacher recorded the only five-fish limit on day two of the state final to help them overcome their 17th-place finish on day one.
On day one of the tournament, only 20 of the 66 teams even weighed a fish. Fortunately, Highland did at least catch one fish that weighed in at 2 pounds, 11 ounces.
With fishing being extremely tough, the Highland anglers went into day two knowing that they weren’t out of the competition. Their positive attitude and hard work ethic paid off.
Weighing in the heaviest sack on day two, at 12 pounds, 11 ounces, anchored by the biggest bass of the day, caught by Dufrain, that tipped the scales at 5-13, the Highland anglers jumped into second place. Their two-day total weight was 15-6.
First place went to Ethan Jones of Father McGivney Catholic High School in Maryville with a two-day total weight of 19-6.
On the first day, Jones caught two bass weighing in at 10-9, which featured the biggest bass of the tourney at 6-5. On the second day, Jones weighed in four fish good for a weight of 8-13.
Third place went to Durand High School with 14-13.
The top-three placing teams received an IHSA state trophy along with individual state medals for their podium-worthy finish.