Hook, line and stinker

I wonder how hockey and lacrosse people felt when the IHSA recently announced that it had approved a bass fishing state series for the 2008-09 school year.

Hockey and lacrosse supporters have been fighting for official IHSA recognition for their respective rapidly growing sports for years now. Yet, somehow bass fishing has beaten them to the punch.

Talk about a slap in the face.

Now, I know there are other factors at play here. But the fact that the IHSA will really hold a state fishing final Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, is pretty unbelievable. This thing seemed to go from something to chuckle about to a reality in a hurry.

I’d be interested to find out whether there are actually “athletes” from our area fired up to compete in this thing.

Schools will be allowed to enter up to two boats, with up to three students in each boat. Only two students can fish at any one time, with the competition running up to eight hours per day. Each boat will weigh five fish at the end of each day.

No joke, the state fishing tournament is on the way.

Hockey and lacrosse? They’ll have to keep waiting at the end of the line.

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