McKendree Signs 11 for First Bass Fishing Team
Lebanon –McKendree University head bass fishing coach Jon Rinderer announced the first 11 signee’s in program history on Monday.
The roster includes freshmen Austin Chapman, of Meridian High School; Charlie Kreke, of Carlyle High School; Curtis Lilly, of Sterling High School; Brian McClanahan, of Elverado High School; and Trenton Robinson, of Lewistown High School; sophomores Reece Ellerbusch, of Massac County High School; and Derrik Starrett, of Alton Marquette High School; and juniors Adam Brookman, of Mount Vernon High School; Elliot Emann, of Washington (Mo.) High School; Phillip Germagliotti, of Highland High School; and Dustin Pendegraft. of Lebanon High School.
“With the end of summer comes the beginning for the McKendree Bass Fishing program,” said Rinderer. “I’m very excited about our new program and can’t wait for these anglers to have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Invitational Tournaments, as well as the FLW and Cabela’s BoatUS Bass Fishing Circuits.
” Our roster includes great fishermen from all over the state and they all have impressive lists of accomplishments that are sure to benefit our team. I’m really looking forward to working with this great group of young men as we get ready for our first invitational tournament at Carlyle Lake, on Oct. 12.”
On March 27, McKendree University announced the addition of bass fishing as its 24th sport. The program is funded by the university and does offer. The program will compete at various collegiate tournaments throughout the midwest and south, and will also host tournaments on Carlyle Lake in Carlyle.
Here’s a look at the McKendree signees:
* Austin Chapman, freshman, Meridian High School in Blue Mound. Chapman was a sectional champion on Lake Shelbyville as a senior at Meridian High School and won the Edinburg Invitational on Lake Taylorville as a senior. He also won the Montgomery Bass Club open tournament on Sangchris Lake as a senior and helped lead the Hawks to a third-place finish in the state tournament on Carlyle Lake as a senior. He .claimed Big Bass titles at the Lake Shelbyville sectional as a senior (4.96 pounds) and at the Hawk Open on Lake Shelbyville as a junior (4.83 pounds). He finished as runner-up at the Hawk Open as a junior…finished in seventh place in the Bass Federation state tournament on Lake Shelbyville and was a three-time sectional qualifier at Meridian High School. Chapman has numerous top three finishes and Big Bass awards in Assumption Bass Club tournaments held at Lake Shelbyville, Jim Edgar Panther Creek Prairie Lake, Lake Decatur, Lake Jacksonville, and Clinton Lake. He finished 2012 with the highest average per bass in the club.
“Austin brings several strong fishing techniques to our team,” Rinderer said. “He is a great jig and worm fisherman, and he specializes in shaky-head and sight fishing.”
* Charlie Kreke, freshman, Carlyle High School of Carlyle. He is a member of the Carlyle High School Bass Club.
“Charlie’s knowledge of Carlyle Lake will be a huge asset to our team,” Rinderer said. “His favorite approaches are fishing crankbaits and spinnerbaits.”
* Curtis Lilly, freshman, Sterling High School of Sterling. Lilly was a two-year member of the Sterling High School bass fishing team and helped lead his team to a third place sectional finish and competed at the state championship. He primarily fishes Carlton Lake and Pool 13 on the Mississippi River.
“Curtis helped Sterling to a third place finish in the sectional and qualified for the state tournament,” Rinderer said. “He specializes in the use of jigs, worms, and crankbaits.
* Brian McClanahan, freshman, Elverado High School in Elkville. He was a four-year captain of the Elverado High School bass fishing team and helped lead the Falcons to championship finishes as a freshman and senior, and runner-up finishes as a sophomore and junior at the Marion Wildcat Invitational championship. He led the Falcons to a third place finish as a junior and a fourth place finish as a senior at the sectional tournament and finished as the runner-up as a junior at the state championship at Carlyle Lake. He was a two-time Big Bass winner at the Marion Wildcat Invitational.
“Brian brings an incredible personal resume of fishing accomplishments to our program,” Rinderer said. “He is very well versed in all types of fishing techniques and specializes in off shore deep water fishing.”
* Trenton Robinson, freshman, Lewistown High School of Havana. Robinson placed fifth in the Thursday Night Bassers tournament at Lakeland Park.
“Trenton’s strengths are jigging and worming heavy cover,” Rinderer said. “He especially loves to entice bass with a topwater frog. He can really make that frog dance.”
* Reece Ellerbusch, a sophomore, Massac County High School in Belknap. He frimarily fishes Smithland Pool and Mermet Lake.
“Reece is well versed in all types of presentations,” Rinderer said. “His favorites are pitchin’, flippin’, spinnerbaits, and finesse fishing. He is fantastic with a little Mojo Rig. His experience on rivers will be a great asset to our team.”
* Derrik Starrett, ophomore, Alton Marquette High School, from Brighton. Primarily fishes Otter Lake.
“Derrik has spent many hours on Otter Lake,” Rinderer said. “His best technique is the jig and pig. We look forward to having his competitive personality on our team.”
* Adam Brookman, junior, Mount Vernon High School, from Opdyke. He competes regularly in Rend Lake Sporting Goods Wednesday Night Tournaments on Rend Lake. He has two top three finishes at the Joe Prusacki Memorial Bass Tournament on DuQuoin CIty Lake and Crab Orchard Lake and claimed the championship at the 2011 Rend Lake Lunkerbuster Bass Club tournament at Rend Lake. He placed 35th at the 2011 Midwest Bass Classic on Crab Orchard Lake and placed third at the Annual Tamaroa Booster Club tournament on DuQuoin City Lake in 2009. He finished fifth in the Pinckneyville High School Athletics Fundraiser tournament on DuQuoin City Lake in 2010.
“Adam’s very confident in all techniques with a special knack for crankbaits and Carolina rigs,” Rinderer said. “He has spent many hours on Newton Lake, as well as Rend Lake. His versatility and experience on Rend Lake will be a great asset as we begin to fish Carlyle Lake, a lake very similar to Rend Lake.”
* Elliot Emann, junior, Washington High School in Washington, Mo. He has lots of experience fishing Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, Mark Twain Lake, Carlyle Lake, and also various rivers.
“Elliot brings many years of fishing experience to our team,” Rinderer said. “He has spent many hours on Lake of the Ozarks and will be a great source of knowledge when we head to this lake. He specializes in structure fishing and excels at pitching a jig and throwing crankbaits.”
* Phillip Germagliotti, junior, Highland High School in Highland. He was a two-year member of the Highland High School Bass Fishing team…helped lead the Bulldogs to a third place finish at the sectional qualifier and a 15th place finish at the state championship.
“Phillip is very suited to both shallow and deep water fishing,” Rinderer said. “His best techniques are jigging and shaky-head fishing. Since completing high school, he has also won many open tournaments.”
* Dustin Pendegraft, junior, Lebanon High School, from Summerfield. Pendegraft primarily fishes smaller summer tournaments at Rend Lake.
“Dustin didn’t have the opportunity to fish on a high school team, but he has logged many hours on the water fishing for largemouth bass,” Rinderer said. “He works hard and is continually seeking knowledge and honing his skills to be an incredible fisherman. He has spent his practice time on Carlyle and East Fork Lakes. His work ethic will help push our team to higher limits.”