By EDDY GIFFORD
A little-known member of the Dade County Wolverine athletics program is the fishing team which just completed its eighth season of competition.
Bass fishing is a state championship co-ed event that is open to all Georgia High School Association schools in all classifications.
The Wolverines compete in the Northwest Georgia High School Anglers Association. This season consisted of 56 boats representing 10 schools. The NWGAHSAA consisted of Dade County, Northwest Whitfield, Murray County, North Murray, Heritage, Ridgeland, Gordon Lee, Christian Heritage, LaFayette, and Dalton High School.
The team was led this year by coaches Bonnie Harris and Rocky McBryar. Each team must have a boat captain and those were Sam Harris and Rocky McBryar for the Harris/McBryar team; Rodney Stallings for the Stallings/Warnock team; Gene Parker for the Parker/York team; and Sawyer Clark and Donnie Williams for the Clark/Allen team.
The first tournament of the season was in January on Lake Lanier and the team of Jake Harris and River McBryar placed fourth while Eli Stallings and Levi Warnock finished 19th.
Tournament two of the season was on Lake Guntersville where Jake Harris and River McBryar took third place while Eli Stallings and Levi Warnock took seventh place.
The third tournament was much closer to home for the Wolverines as it was held on Nickajack Lake.
It was a tough day for the Wolverines as Harris and McBryar took 12th place, Caimen Parker and Easton York took 22nd place, and Stallings and Warnock finished 35th.
Harris and McBryar took fourth place in the next tournament which was on Lake Weiss.
Tournament five took the team to Watts Bar Lake, and Stallings and Warnock took 11th place while Harris and McBryar finished 24th.
Chickamauga Lake was the site for the next tournament. This tournament consisted of schools from the NWGAHSAA as well as teams from Tennessee. Each school could compete against their own league and also enter a separate tournament called “The Battle of Chick” where they competed against Tennessee High School teams as well.
In the Northwest Georgia league, Jake Harris and River McBryar took first place and in the Battle of Chick they took third place.
Harris and McBryar took seventh place and Parker and York took eighth place in The Classic on Lake Weiss on May 6.
The Wolverines had an outstanding season overall finishing fourth in the 10 team NWGAHSAA. The individual team results out of 56 teams were: Harris/McBryar fifth place; Stallings/Warnock 12th place; Parker/York 25th place; and Clark/Allen taking 30th place.
Congratulations to the Wolverine fishing team on a very successful season and a bright future!