For years, Ron Scharphorn's kids have competed in the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation high school state championships.
This year, a new rule states that only those who are members of a high school bass fishing club can fish the state finals, so Scharphorn started working on creating such a club at Grand Haven High School.
Everything came together quickly, thanks to the support of teacher Jason Hunter, and now a handful of Buccaneers' students can claim to be a part of the school's bass club.
As a result, recently-graduated Hunter Scharphorn and sophomore-to-be Keegan Findlay will represent GHHS at the Michigan High School Championship on June 28-29 on Lake St. Clair.
"I'm really into bass fishing, and as soon as (Hunter) told me about it, I started talking to all my teachers about it," Keegan said. "Mr. Hunter said he'd support it. It's been a slow process, but it finally came to be, and we have a tournament on Lake St. Clair in a couple of weeks."
Both Keegan and teammate Hunter, along with fellow club member Case Kaminga, are serious anglers. Keegan fishes 3-4 days a week this time of year, and even competed in the Skeeter Owner's Tournament on Lake Fork, Texas, late last month.
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