Minooka captures its first state championship in bass fishing

All-American Hunter Petrovic and Hayden Host won the Illinois Bass National High School State Championship Sunday.

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Hunter Petrovic (left with tournament big bass) and Hayden Host with the final day winning bag at the the Illinois Bass Nation High School State Championship Sunday on the Des Plaines River.

Hunter Petrovic (left with tournament big bass) and Hayden Host with the final day winning bag at the the Illinois Bass Nation High School State Championship Sunday on the Des Plaines River.

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Minooka’s All-American Hunter Petrovic and Hayden Host won the Illinois Bass Nation High School State Championship Sunday on the Des Plaines River with 25.22 pounds, anchored by Petrovic’s 4.23-pound largemouth bass, big fish of the tournament.

“[They] really worked for this one,” Petrovic’s dad Brian texted. “A stingy river, mechanical issues Day 1 that cost us valuable fishing time, to a really slow start on Championship Sunday. Boys fought through it all and ground out a HUGE WIN for Minooka.”

It was Minooka’s first state championship in bass fishing.

Lincoln-Way Central’s Zach Wolfe and Ryan Kotara were second with 24.4. That makes Nationals interesting. Wolfe and Ryan’s brother Jackson qualified out of ICASSTT. They will fish together, while Ryan, who qualified Sunday, will fish solo with their dad as boat captain, at Nationals in late July on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.

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