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Adrian College Wins School of the Year

Adrian College Wins School of the Year

The bass-fishing club at Adrian College is the best in the country, capping off the 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing season in first place overall with 2,350 points, and earning the team the title of 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing National School of the Year. 

The National School of the Year title annually goes to the school that has the highest point total at the conclusion of the regular season. Points are awarded to the top two finishing teams from each school that competes in an FLW College Fishing tournament. The Adrian club secured the crown after three solid finishes in Northern Conference competition, along with a strong showing at the annual FLW College Fishing Open tournament on Kentucky Lake.

“To win an award based on the whole season – our entire body of work – is awesome and says a lot about our roster and our program as a whole,” says Seth Borton, head coach of the Adrian College team. “To win a tournament is great, but the National School of the Year is the most coveted award we can achieve because it means we had the best overall season.

“We’ve got 32 members in our club, and really good anglers in each class,” Borton adds. “We try to put our best guys for each situation in the right positions to be successful. We’ve got shallow-water specialists that do better targeting docks or fishing the banks. We’ve got anglers that are better fishing deep water, offshore, targeting spotted and smallmouth bass with electronics and finesse gear. We run our club just like any other athletic team.”

Adrian College

Perhaps most impressive from Adrian College during the 2019 season is the fact that 15 different anglers contributed to the top finishes, and no single duo was responsible for more than one.

“I always tell my anglers that when you get the opportunity, you have to be ready to go – for the team,” Borton says. “We are extremely fortunate to be as successful as we have been since launching the club in 2015, and I’m going to keep challenging our anglers – how can you help make us better, as a team?”

The Adrian bass fishing club was also recently featured on Rapala Varsity Bass, an original YouTube-based reality series produced by FLW. The series documents the lives of high school and college anglers just starting out in the sport of tournament bass fishing. It allows fans to experience firsthand what life as a student angler is really like and feel both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The third episode showcased Adrian College anglers Nick Marsh and Jarrett Martin as they fought their way into the top 10 of the 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship on the Potomac River. The episode can be viewed here.

 

Adrian College 2019 Tournament Finishes

Northern Conference

April 26 – Smith Mountain Lake (95 boats)

11th Place – Blake Johnson & Myles Jackman

23rd Place – Jarrod Layton & Matthew Davis

May 31 – Chesapeake Bay (49 boats)

1st Place – Ryan Sharnas & Brandon Herzberg

4th Place – Jake Hippe III & Griffin Fernandes

Sept. 6 – Lake Erie (65 boats)

3rd Place – Ryan Sharnas & Chase Serafin

4th Place – Collin Torrey & Jacob Emery

FLW College Fishing Open

March 12-13 – Kentucky/Barkley Lake (194 boats)

5th Place – Alex Henderson & Zach Manneback

7th Place – Cody Batterson & Zachary Graham

 

Top 10 schools

The YETI FLW College Fishing National School of the Year title is determined by the total accumulated points from three regular-season conference events and the annual FLW College Fishing Open tournament. Three hundred points are awarded to the winning team in each tournament, 299 for second, 298 for third, and so on. Each school receives the total points earned by its top two teams in each tournament.

The top 10 schools in the 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing National School of the Year standings: 

1st: Adrian College, Adrian, Mich. – 2,350 points

2nd: Murray State University, Murray, Ky. – 2,300 points

3rd: Bethel University, McKenzie, Tenn., 2,296 points

3rd: McKendree University, Lebanon, Ill. – 2,288 points

5th: University of North Alabama, Florence, Ala. – 2,280 points

6th: University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Ala. – 2,273 points

7th: Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, Miss. – 2,269 points

8th: East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, Texas – 2,257 points

9th: Radford University, Radford, Va. – 2,210 points

10th: Bryan College, Dayton, Tenn. – 2,186 points

 

Conference Schools of the Year Also Recognized

FLW also recognizes the top-performing school in each of its five YETI FLW College Fishing conferences with the Conference School of the Year award. The point system is structured in a similar way as the National School of the Year award, but points are only given for the three regular-season events in a respective conference.

Here are this year’s winners:

Southeastern Conference School of the Year 

University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Ala. – 1,749 points

 

Southern Conference School of the Year 

East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, Texas – 1,752 points

 

Central Conference School of the Year 

Murray State University, Murray, Ky. – 1,761 points 

 

Western Conference School of the Year 

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif. – 1,761 points

 

Northern Conference School of the Year 

Adrian College, Adrian, Mich. – 1,760 points

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