Move over football. Welcome in the newest member of the varsity club: bass fishing.
Following in the steps of the Illinois High School Association (ISHA), Kentucky will become just the second state to sponsor a high school bass fishing state championship.
Starting next April, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) will add bass fishing to a prestigious set of sports-activities that includes bowling and competitive cheer.
The KHSAA initially made the announcement in February and is hoping that with the addition of bass fishing, more students that would normally not participate in school sports will be encouraged to join.
“We kind of do this so our kids can have fun,” Covington Catholic High School fishing club moderator Bill Snyder said. “And what we seem to attract here are the boys (who) don’t play football or don’t play baseball. Those are the kind of kids that we usually attract to this because they want to participate in something and they have a lot of fun at it.”
The KHSAA decided to add bass fishing in direct response to the success that Illinois has had since they started doing it four years ago.