By Ariana West
The Simpson University men’s Bass Fishing Team might be in their first inaugural season, but they sure aren’t competing like amateurs. Not only on their home turf Lake Shasta, but also across the country, the team has already earned an impressive record.
With their first place victory at the Wild West Bass Trail College Series on Lake Shasta, the duo of Chase Sherman and Nathan Phillips earned first place amongst 14 teams on January 26th. Some of their other competitors included some division one schools such as Chico and Oregon State according to an article by Simpson U News.
Their successes and funding from sponsors allowed the team to travel all the way to Florida to compete in the national competition at the end of February.according to Freshman Taj White.
In a press release by Simpson U News, they also stated that, The Simpson University Bass Fishing Team attended the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year Tournament earning the position as the top team in California and 98th among 315 in the nation. The team impressively beat out many larger schools such as; Chico State, UC Merced, CSU East Bay, Cal Poly, Sonoma State, Sac State, CSU Long Beach, Humboldt State, and USC.
Team member Ryan Beaty explained that, “It’s really fun being able to compete against other schools and how we compare to them.”
The team has another tournament at Lake Havasu in Arizona on March 14 so be sure to stay tuned for updates on how they end up doing.
With being a brand new team on campus, Beaty stated that he hopes next year more people will be on the team and that they compete in as many tournaments as they can.
If interested in joining the team, they meet in OC 204 at 4 p.m. every Thursday.