Local youth winners in state fishing contest
Anglers from New Richmond's Indianhead Junior Bassmasters put together a strong showing in the 2013 Wisconsin B.A.S.S. Nation Junior State Championships held in La Crosse June 15-16.
The local anglers produced seven top 10 finishes in the tournament. That was led by Sam Heinecke, who tied for the championship in the 10-and-under division.
Heinecke and Reece Keeney of Waupaca both caught a 1-pound, 12-ounce bass on the opening day. None of the 10-and-under anglers brought in a bass on a tough second day, leaving Heinecke and Keeney in a two-way tie for the championship.
This is the fourth straight year New Richmond youth anglers have earned a state championship. The streak began with Josh Lee in 2010. That was followed by championships from Jason Hawksford and Lake Anderson in 2011. Last year Cade Anderson earned a championship.
This year's tournament was highly competitive. Grant Ehlenfeldt placed fourth in the 15-18 age division, missing third place by three ounces. He finished with a two-day total of 15 pounds, 12 ounces. He caught four fish each day.
Lee placed 13th in the 15-18 class, catching three bass with a total weight of 6 pounds, 11 ounces.
Noah Lindus was the top local finisher in the 11-14 division, placing fourth. He landed five fish that totaled 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
Colton Haney was right behind Lindus in fifth place. He caught three fish with a total weight of 6 pounds, 6 ounces.
Gavin Hessler and Tucker Nauss ranked seventh and eighth in the 11-14 division. They both caught two fish in the tournament. Hessler's fish weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces, while Nauss' fish weighed an even 5 pounds.