The high school sports season is drawing to a close, but the competition doesn’t stop there. The fishing competitions last into the summer and give students the opportunity to represent their school.
“It’s always nice to get out on the water,” said Quinn Eyrich, Lyman Hall runner-up.
Last month, students gathered at Haddam Meadows State Park to compete against each other.
“The adrenaline went all day,” said Xavier newcomer Colby Ciampi.
Two fishermen per school set out with a boat captain and try to catch as many large and small perch as possible. For schools like Lyman Hall, this is the first year they have a team.
“I came from another city and had wanted to do this for a while, so my father and me started the club,” said Davis Commune, a freshman at Lyman Hall.
“You really rarely see a school like this,” added Eyrich. “With our school she now has agriculture and I think that fits in really well with it.”
“The effort was on the boys’ part,” said Lyman Hall boat captain Mark Commune. “You got a lot of kids involved in school. You really wanted to make sure everyone knew about it and everyone could get involved.”
The fishing club Lyman Hall currently has 11 members and Commune and Eyrich represent the team in competitions. The high school fishermen enjoy the chance to compete.
“Be competitive and have fun on the water,” said Davis Commune.
“You want to win, you want to catch more fish than anyone else,” said Xavier newcomer Peyton Mongrain.
“It’s not what you’d call a mainstream sport to think of high school athletics, so it just gives them a level of competition in a sport they love,” said John Piscioniere, Connecticut youth director Bass nation.
Lyman Hall hopes their fishing club will continue to grow and they hope to keep putting their skills to the test in the competition.
“After that we’ll win a few more tournaments, don’t worry,” said Eyrich. “We’ll just keep it going and get more money for it.”
The next competition will take place on June 26th on Lake Zoar.