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Bass Team makes state for third year

Posted April 25, 2013 by Goreville Gazette in Sports
Members of the Goreville Bass Fishing Team present their catch with Goreville’s J.T. Russell and Shon Messmer earning a spot at the Illinois High School Association State Championship held at Carlyle Lake May 3-4.  Pictured above, left to right: J.T. Russell, Shon Messmer, Connor Seavers and Mason Bishop.  ~ photo courtesy Todd Tripp

Members of the Goreville Bass Fishing Team present their catch with Goreville’s J.T. Russell and Shon Messmer earning a spot at the Illinois High School Association State Championship held at Carlyle Lake May 3-4. Pictured above, left to right: J.T. Russell, Shon Messmer, Connor Seavers and Mason Bishop. ~ photo courtesy Todd Tripp

The Goreville High School Bass Fishing team competed in the Illinois High School Association Lake of Egypt Sectional last week with one of its two teams weighing in with a 19.5-pound bag to place second and earn a spot in the IHSA state championship held at Carlyle Lake May 3-4.

Goreville’s J.T. Russell and Shon Messmer missed first place by less than half a pound despite Messmer claiming the big fish honors with his 6.16-pound catch.

This is the third year in a row Goreville has had a team in the state championship with Russell being a part of those teams each year. Messmer qualified last year as well traveling to state as the alternate for the team.

“Last year we tied for 12th out of 57 teams,” coach Eric Messmer said.  “We have competed for five years and this is the third year to qualify for the state tourney.”

Coach Messmer said the conditions on the lake during sectional were tough with high winds, little sunshine and temperatures hovering in the high 40s for most of the day.  Team members Mason Bishop and Connor Seavers weighed in at nearly 14 pounds but did not qualify for state.

Murphysboro won the day with its team weighing in with a 19.84-pound bag that included a 5.75-pound fish, The Southern Illinoisan reported. Crab Orchard placed third to also qualify for state with its catch of 17.74 pounds.

Each team had a five-fish limit with 20 teams competing. According to the Southern, “Eighteen of the 20 teams topped 10 pounds” with six boats returning with more than 15 pounds.