Bass masters: Two St. Laurence boats to go down state

  • Written by Jeff Vorva


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Matt Misicka, left and Paul Petan of St. Laurence helped lead their team to a second-place finish at the Reavis Sectional in bass fishing. St. Laurence had two boats finish second and third Friday in Channahon and both boats qualified for the IHSA State Finals on May 20-21.

If baseball is a game of inches, bass fishing is a game of ounces.

St. Laurence was just 2.6 ounces away from claiming its second sectional title in four years. But the Vikings still made some school history on Friday. They didn’t come away with the trophy but two Viking boats qualified for the Illinois High School Association State Finals, which will take place May 20-21 at Carlyle Lake.

“To have one boat make it – you beat the odds,” St. Laurence coach Barry Shaw said. “But to have two boats make it, it’s just great.’’

Andrew won the Reavis Sectional, which took place at Big Basin Marina on the Des Plaines River in Channahon, with a haul of 7 pounds, 5.8 ounces. The St. Laurence boat featuring seniors Paul Petan of Palos Park and Matt Misicka of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood, just missed winning the sectional title with a weigh-in of 7 pounds, 3.2 ounces.

Another Vikings boat featuring Jack Nowak and Anthony Ptak of Garfield Ridge and Brendan Cavanaugh of Brookfield took third with 5 pounds, 2.7 ounces.

Brother Rice’s first boat just missed qualifying by finishing fourth, Stagg’s No. 1 board finished fifth and Brother Rice’s No. 2 boat was sixth. Sandburg, Marist, Oak Lawn and host Reavis did not enter any fish to get weighed in.

Last year the Vikings finished second to Stagg in the sectional by more than five pounds. This year, was a lot closer.

“I would have loved to have taken first place,” Petan said. “We were fishing for that kicker – that three or four pounder – at the end but we couldn’t find him. But we still qualified.’’

In recent years, the weather for sectional action has been cold and rainy. Friday was sunny and warm.

“We could have used a little cloud cover but it was all right – we still found fish,” Misicka said.

Top hauls varied through around the state. At Lake Holiday in the towns of Somonauk and Sandwich, Sandwich High School weighed in at 16 pounds, 7.4 ounces.

At Heidecke Lake in Morris, Minooka won with a haul of 4 pounds, 12 ounces.