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The youth state champions are pictured. They are 15-18 Junior State Champion Kyler Chelminiak, 11-14 Jr. State Champion Steve Niemi Jr., and Jr. Co-State Champions 10-under Sam Heinecke and Reece Keeney.1 / 2
Grant Ehlenfeldt shows off two of the bass that he caught that earned him fourth place in the 15-18 age division of the state tournament.2 / 2

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.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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