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Lucas Sheafer and Steele Smith pose with trophies they won in the Kansas State Championships, qualifying them for nationals. Sheafer and Smith, eighth-graders at Louisburg Middle School, are members of the Wildcat Anglers Fishing Club.

LOUISBURG — Wildcat Anglers Lucas Sheafer and Steele Smith won the Kansas State Championship fishing tournament.

Sheafer and Smith, eighth-graders at Louisburg Middle School, are part of the Louisburg Recreation finishing team that was formed in October 2019.

The Wildcat Anglers Fishing Club is open to students from third grade to 12th grade. The club has 50 anglers with boys and girls who love to fish.

Winning the Kansas State Championship held at Bon Creek Lake qualified Sheafer and Smith for the National Championships in Tennessee.

Wildcat Angler Fishing Club members have the opportunity to fish competitively with Kansas BASS Nation. The club is led by coaches Darrin Jones and Denny Sheafer.

Monthly meets, held the second Wednesday of each month, feature guest speakers and practice lessons. The club is supported by various local sponsors.

Club members in middle school and high school have the option to fish competitively with Kansas BASS Nation. The BASS Nation series consists of four qualifying tournaments.

Two tournaments are held in the fall and two are held in the spring. Those who qualify go on to the state championship.

Each team has two anglers and a boat captain.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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