Red Hawks are 22nd in new School of the Year standings

Photo courtesy of Careco TV
Photo courtesy of Careco TV

HICKORY, N.C. — After its latest tournament in Arkansas, the Catawba Valley Community College has started its 2021-22 season with a record-setting ranking in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year Standings.

The Red Hawks are ranked 22nd in the initial School of the Year standings released this past week — the highest ranking to start a season in the program's history.

"I think that being ranked this high in the standings so early in the season is a sign of just how good this team can be," said Catawba Valley head bass fishing coach Angela Mayo. "(Assistant coach) John (Mayo) and I expect good things this year."

Catawba Valley is also the highest-ranking junior college on the list and the top-ranked bass fishing team from North Carolina ahead of N.C. State (59th) and Charlotte (147th).

This past weekend, the Red Hawks were powered by three performances during the season-opening AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark.

Red Hawk freshmen Hunter Keller and Grant Harris were the highest-finishing team in 52nd place during the tournament, while the tandem of sophomore Justin Eggers and freshman Carson Eckard and freshmen duo of Wes Smith and Cabe Mackey also finished in the top 75 percent of a field of 215 boats.

"Even though we have several freshman, we have a few returning anglers that will be great leaders," Angela Mayo said. "Our goal is to break into the top 10 of the School of the Year standings this year."

The Catawba Valley Community College bass fishing team returns to the water on Friday, Oct. 22 for the 2021 Major League Fishing (MLF) Southeastern Conference tournament on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tenn.