The Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) Fishing Club is celebrating after recently being ranked the No. 1 team across the nation in collegiate bass fishing, LSCO reports.
According to the college, the Association of Collegiate Anglers released its all-inclusive rankings Aug. 20 with Lamar State College Orange sitting at the top of the list with 1,305 points. The LSCO anglers have a more than 300-point lead over second place Adrian College. The Top 5 is rounded out with Lawrence Technological University, Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University.
The new season for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu began on July 1, and LSCO already has two teams that have qualified for the national championship tournament. LSCO’s team of Trent Buchholz and Grady Doucet placed third in the Abu Garcia College tournament at Fort Gibson Lake in Oklahoma and LSCO anglers Brett Fregia and Jack Tindel qualified for the national tournament earlier this year on Toledo Bend.
With the ranking announcement came a Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast episode featuring several LSCO anglers.
Trace Moore said in the podcast that it was honor and “kind of a shock” for this first-year club to be ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Dagan Leger, also featured in the podcast, said he and the other LSCO anglers wanted to put their names on the collegiate fishing map and let people know who Lamar State College Orange is.
“We want to make it known we’re here,” he said.
LSCO Fishing Club advisor, Thera Celestine, said the club is thriving.
“This is our first year to have a collegiate fishing club and it hasn't come without challenges,” she said. “Lamar State College Orange fishing club anglers have made our college and community extremely proud. We are excited to watch them thrive while participating in a sport they love. Huge thanks to all of sponsors! Without their support it would be difficult for our anglers to attend these tournaments.”
LSCO President, Dr. Thomas Johnson, shared in the exciting news.
“We are so excited that our LSCO Anglers are competing and winning against some of the largest universities in the nation,” he said. “We may be a small two-year college, but we have some of the best anglers in the world right here in Southeast Texas and this ranking clearly proves it. Go Gators!”