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St. Croix Central team wins state B.A.S.S. fishing contest

St. Croix Central’s Tucker Nauss and Gavin Hessler (l-r) won the 2016 Wisconsin B.A.S.S. Nation Championship state fishing championship. 1 / 2
Maggie Heinecke of New Richmond is shown with the bass she caught in the junior division of the state tournament. 2 / 2

The St. Croix Central team of Gavin Hessler and Tucker Nauss earned the state championship at the 2016 Wisconsin B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.

This year’s tournament was held on June 5-6 at the Holcombe Flowage.

There were 28 high school teams and 10 junior teams that competed in the state tournament. Last year there were 10 high school teams and four junior teams that competed at the state level.

Hessler and Nauss won the tournament with 22.43 pounds of fish. They also had the largest number of fish, hauling in 10 bass over the two-day event. They also caught the largest fish of the tournament, which weighed in at 4.47 pounds.

The top two high school teams (St. Croix Central and Northland Pines) advance to a national championship the first week of August in Tennessee on Kentucky Lake. There are more than 100 teams expected to compete at the national tournament.

The Baldwin-Woodville team of Colton Haney and Noah Lindus placed fourth at the state tournament. Hudson’s team of Alex Kela and Nate Seidel placed seventh.

Three local teams from the Indianhead Bassers participated in the junior division of the tournament. The team of Austin Haney and Dylan Haney finished in third place with four fish weighing 7.05 pounds. The brother-sister team of Sam and Maggie Heinecke of New Richmond took sixth place, catching one fish at 1.79 pounds. The team of Easton Lindus and Bode Laventure finished in eighth place, with one fish weighing 1.33 pounds.

The Heineckes were coached by Grant Ehlenfeldt, a former state champion from New Richmond who now fishes on the UW-Platteville team.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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