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SFL’s Jena Named to Bassmaster All-State Fishing Team

May 22, 2018
By Larry Claypool - OVO Editor , Ohio Valley Outdoors

EAST LIVERPOOL, OH - Hopewell High School's Curt Jena was recently named to the 2018 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team. Jena, a senior this year at Hopewell, was named Honorable Mention for the Pennsylvania team. Three others were selected All-State.

Jena fishes in the Student Fishing League, which is based out of East Liverpool, OH. He was the top bass angler at SFL the past two years. He was nominated for the honor by SFL founder and director Harry Emmerling. Jena is the first SFL angler to receive this honor.

The Student Fishing League has nine high school teams ready for action this season, which opens its tournament-style format on May 13 at Mosquito Lake and follows with tournaments on Highandtown Lake (June 3) and Ohio River, New Cumberland pool (June 17). Schools slated to participate in 2018 are: East Liverpool, Beaver Local, Oak Glen (WV), East Palestine, Boardman, Struthers, Hopewell (PA), Springfield Local and Girard. Some schools will also have junior high anglers.

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Student Fishing League and Hopewell (PA) High School’s Curt Jena was recently named to the 2018 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team. Jena, a senior at Hopewell, was named Honorable Mention for the Pennsylvania team. Photo courtesy of Harry Emmerling

The SFL hosted four college teams last year: Youngstown State, Kent State, Pittsburgh and Penn State. Several other collegiate teams have been invited in 2018 but their schedule has not been set to date.

Sixty-four high school anglers from across the country were named to the 2018 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team, presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods.

The students were selected for the honor based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement and leadership in conservation and community service.

To be considered for the All-State Fishing Team, a student must have been nominated by a parent, coach, teacher or other school official. Students currently enrolled in grades 10-12 with a current-year grade point average of 2.5 or higher were eligible.

B.A.S.S. received more than 465 nominations from across the nation, a more than 100 percent increase since the inception of the program. From these, judges selected 64 student anglers from 38 states to make the All-State Fishing Team. Fifty-six students were also chosen as Honorable Mentions - recognized for their tournament success as well as community service and academic achievement.

A second panel of judges will review nominations of the 64 All-State team members and select the 12 members of the 2018 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods. As in All-State judging, criteria include success in high school fishing tournaments, involvement in conservation efforts and other community service activities.

The 12 finalists will compete in a one-day Bassmaster All-American High School Bass Tournament held during the 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department event, a fan-favorite festival that will be held May 17-20 on Lake Travis out of Jonestown, Texas.

Below is the list of the All-State anglers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia:

Ohio - Kobe Thompson, Crooksville, Ethan Rider, Gallipolis - Honorable Mention; Pennsylvania - Austin Gaab, Montoursville; Zachary Tamandl, Schnecksville; Dylan Fogarty, Mechanicsburg - Honorable Mention; Curt Jena, Monaca - Honorable Mention and West Virginia - Trevor Albanese, Berkeley Springs; Benjamin LeBlanc, Harpers Ferry; Grace Caldwell, Berkeley Springs - Honorable Mention and Landon Harrington, Berkeley Springs - Honorable Mention.



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