The Brother Rice bass team sent six anglers to the IHSA State Championship this past weekend on Carlyle Lake. Fifty-eight teams and sixty-six boats participated. We were one of only a handful of schools statewide to qualify two boats for the championship. Boat #1 included seniors Joe Hayes and Brendan Moriarty, captained by Asst. Coach Jim Opoka. Boat #2 included juniors Adan Magnan and Rob Abrahm, sophomore Dan Malone, and freshman Pat Nielsen, captained by alum Steve Hofflander’00.
Moriarty and Hayes came out strong, boating a solid bag of five keepers and finished day one only six pounds off the tournament leaders. Boat two fell short of boating any keepers.
Realizing they needed to go big to capture the tournament with a heavy second day bag, Moriarty and Hayes went for broke “hog hunting” for large bass. However, the solid strategy did not pan out and they were unable to boat enough keepers to overcome the leaders. Boat #2 put two bass in the box on day two thanks to Adan “Big Bass” Magnan and made the stage for tournament weigh in. Full coverage of the two day tournament can be found in this Southtown Star link: http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/27342050-419/state-bass-fishing-brother-rice-duo-in-12th-place-after-day-1.html
Moriarty and Hayes will finish the season and their BR fishing careers on Saturday, May 17, in the D230 Classic Championship on the DesPlaines River out of Channahon, Illinois. They currently sit in first place and will be facing the top high schools anglers in the area. In the fall, they begin their collegiate fishing careers: Moriarty will fish at Iowa, and Hayes will fish at Virginia Tech. We thank them for all the contributions they have made to the team over the past four years; we wish them well this weekend; and, we wish them great success in all their future bass fishing and academic endeavors. Go Crusaders!