Sportsman's Junior Bassmasters
Seven outstanding Junior Bassmasters will represent the State of
Missouri at this year’s International Junior Bassmasters Invitational
being held in Ontario, Canada, July 6 & 7, 2001.
The Tournament was the original brainchild of Donna Uppole, the
Maryland B.A.S.S. Federation Youth Director in 1995 with the
co-operation of Ohio B.A.S.S. Federation’s then Youth Director, Pete
Matthews. In 1996, the Brian V. Kerchall Memorial Fund came on board as
the only permanent sponsor of the event.
Meet This Year's Team
Jeff Needles is a 12-year old member of the Sportsmans Junior Bassmasters Club and attends Bernard Campbell Jr. High School. Jeff’s home lake is Lake Lotawana where he lives and fishes regularly. He is excited about making the Missouri State Junior Team and traveling to Ontario, indicating that this will be his first time to go to Canada.Jeff likes to sight fish in the spring but has been known to wear out a Warden’s Timber Tiger or two. Eventually, he would like to become an attorney and if he pursues his law studies the way he studies the details of fishing, I’ll bet he will make a good one. His favorite Pro is Jimmy Huston and the biggest fish he has ever caught was an 18 lb. catfish.
Klausen is a sophomore at Pleasant Hill High School where his skills in
shop helped him build a mantle clock that took him to the finals in
statewide shop competition. He
looks forward to putting his talents to good use as he pursues a career in
favorite activities include hunting, building models, running go-carts and
fishing with his dad.
Goldberg is a 14-year old member of the Sportsmans Junior Bassmasters Club
and attends Lee’s Summit North High School.
Austin’s home is at Lake Lotawana, Missouri where he lives with
his brother Kyle and fishes regularly when not umpiring baseball games.
He is honored and proud to be selected to the Missouri State Junior
Team and has worked very hard to become one of the best in his club…
winning their most recent competition with a five-fish limit.
Austin’s favorite time of year to fish is the fall when he ties on a Rapala fire-tiger crankbait and spends hours on the water. Becoming a pro is one of his dreams with Kevin Vandam high on his list of people to emulate. Recently, I had the pleasure of fishing with Austin and believe me, he’ll give you a run for your money.
Owen is a15-year old member of the Sportsmans Junior Bassmasters Club and
attends Lee’s Summit North High School were he is a freshman.
Tyler also makes his home at Lake Lotawana where he has been
fishing since he was three. When
asked what he thought about making the State Junior Team and traveling to
Ontario, he thought it would be “really cool!”
Nicks is a 14-year old, eighth grader from Pleasant Hill Middle School. He lists his hobbies as fishing and hunting …and already
bagged a buck on the FIRST weekend of the season.
Greg would like to make fishing his livelihood and indicates that
Physical Education is his favorite class.
Greg has fished
tournaments with his grandfather and over his fishing “career” has
caught some rather impressive fish… an 8-pound largemouth bass, a
32-pound blue catfish, a 62-pound spoonbill and has a 7-1/2 pound walleye
which is mounted on the living room wall.
Goldberg is a 12-year old member of the Sportsmans Junior Bassmasters Club
and also attends Bernard Campbell Jr. High School.
Kyle also hails from Lake Lotawana, Missouri and competes with his
brother Austin regularly. Kyle
is a skilled fisherman who understands the importance of practice and good
Trevor Hawkins is a 14-year old freshman at Lees Summit High School and also a member of Sportsmans Junior Bassmasters Club. Trevor also lives in Lake Lotawana, Missouri and fishes it regularly. As this year’s State Team Alternate, Trevor will accompany the team to Ontario and be ready to step in at any time should a team member become sick or unable to compete.Trevor’s favorite Pro is Denny Brauer and his favorite way to fish is cranking a spinnerbait in the shallows. He particularly like fishing in the late spring and lists a 15+ pound Channel Cat and a 3.76-pound Bass among his big fish. Trevor likes also cars and skateboarding and would like to pursue a career in fishing or landscape architecture in the future.
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