The IHSA bass fishing state finals has been rescheduled. Again.
Originally scheduled for May 19-20 on Carlyle Lake, the state finals were postponed May 10 because of high water levels caused by excessive rain.
The IHSA announced May 26 that the state finals would take place June 23-24, but the organization moved the competition again Monday because of concerns expressed by the Army Corps of Engineers, which runs Carlyle Lake.
The new dates for the state finals are next Wednesday and Thursday.
Why should you care? Two boats from Pekin and one from Deer Creek-Mackinaw will compete in the state finals.
Pekin’s Zane Ortega, Clay Irby, Michael Shockley and Austin Downey won the sectional May 8 at Evergreen Lake with a boat total of 9.76 pounds of fish.
Dee-Mack was the sectional runner-up. Jake Golden, Trevor Neville, Braden Wiegand and Nick Carlson hauled in 9.55 pounds of fish.
Pekin’s Jarek Gale, Cuyler Barnum, Hunter Lawson and Cameron Gillespie qualified with 7.41 pounds of fish.
IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson explained the state finals scheduling roller-coaster in a news release.
“Carlyle Lake is a busy place that gets significant use during the summer months, especially on weekends,” Anderson said. “We worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to reschedule the state finals for June 23-24 but given more time to reflect, (the Army Corps) had concerns about their ability to safely and efficiently facilitate the state finals, both on and off the water, June 23-24.
“While a midweek state finals isn’t an ideal circumstance, if we didn’t proceed, we feared that cancelling the state finals may be our only recourse. Our high school anglers have earned the opportunity to fish for a state championship and we wanted to make sure that happened.”
Boat safety checks will be conducted Wednesday morning. Fishing will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.
Two more holes-in-one have been shot by area golfers.
• Gary Staker aced the 157-par, par-3 10th hole Wednesday at Parkview Golf Course in Pekin. He used a 6-iron. Thanks to Steve Funk, Pekin Park District superintendent of golf, for the report.
• Larry Whobrey aced the 183-yard, par-3 17th hole Tuesday at Pekin Country Club. He used a 5-iron. Thanks to Pekin Country Club assistant golf professional Nick McClelland for the report.
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