The Daviess County Public Schools are hoping to offer a new competitive sport to local high school students, one which would require a rod and reel as well as a new head coach.
According to the KHSAA, during the 2012-2013 school year, Kentucky became the third state nationally to offer bass fishing as a varsity sport, following behind Illinois and Tennessee. The KHSAA also said the regular season scheduled for the sport is from late February through mid-April, with the postseason and state competition taking place in late April.
Both Daviess County and Apollo High Schools will have an opportunity to sponsor this sport.
“Apollo has gone through the steps to have an interest meeting that includes the students as well as the parents, with full disclosure about what this means, and is ready to post the position as soon as they have board approval,” said Charles Broughton, DCPS director of secondary education and district athletic director.
Broughton said, while the opportunity is certainly available to DCHS as well, the high school is still trying to determine the level of interest they have to decide if they will have a team next year or not. With the level of commitment and cost involved, he said it is important to make sure there is enough interest there.
Pending school board approval Thursday evening, a head coaching position may be posted for AHS as early as Friday.
Broughton added this was another opportunity for students to be successful and get more kids involved in extracurricular activities.
“It’s new territory for DCPS, but it’s been around for a while,” Broughton said. “Muhlenberg County is the best example. They’re kind of veterans at it and — no pun intended — we’re just dipping our toes in the water.”