For the second time in three seasons, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bass Team has been named the School of the Year by the Southeast Texas High School Fishing Association.
A tournament consists of an average of 500 boats from 45 schools. Unfortunately the season was cut in half because of the coronavirus pandemic but the Bears took advantage of the tournaments they fished in. LCM placed five teams in the top 20, including Anglers of the Year Braxton Rambo and Cameron Dougharty (below).
Dylan Istre & McKee Ridgaway finished third with Brielle Butler and Neely Wozniak 11th. Kyler Hebert & Justin Lee were 15th and Garrison Byerly & Will Henson finished in 19th place.
LCM Team Captain Nellie Miller said, “These kids are amazing and work really hard in often very rough conditions, including extreme high and low temperatures, rain even ice on occasion not to mention wind and rough water for long hours. I often say out loud that they better not dare come in early or call it quits until it’s over- the last possible cast just might get the job done!”
Miller went on to say, “ALL of these anglers know I am proud of them and will cheer on “any” accomplishment! You are important to this team if you’re LAST or first. If it’s your first fish or your largest. If you have experience or none. We want the anglers to learn the sport, enjoy it and continue it for a lifetime. You can’t always be the winner but you can always work with that thought in mind.”
Miller also complimented the Captains who are usually a parent/boat owner or both who sit in the boat and dodge hooks while not being able to fish. “They’re an outstanding group that give their time, money and experience to pass a love of fishing onto another generation,” she said.