A South Carolina teen is among 12 high school students from 10 states who have been named to the first Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team. Carter McNeil, a senior at Abbeville High School and a member of the school’s fishing team, joined 11 other top youth fishermen whose names were announced on Monday.
McNeil, who has a 3.2 GPA, is the founder and president of Abbeville’s team and has helped with projects to plant aquatic vegetation on Lake Russell.
McNeil and his partner won the B.A.S.S. Nation High School Southern Divisional tournament on the Pee Dee River in April and finished third in the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School Classic exhibition.
McNeil will be attending Bethel University on a fishing scholarship.
The 12 All-Americans were selected from a pool of 57 all-state anglers from 33 states. Judges reviewed tournament resumes, service activities and recommendations from coaches and school officials.
Other members of the team are: Laura Ann Foshee of Gardendale, Ala.; Zeke Gossett of Cropwell, Ala.; Joe Grafeman of Lake Ozark, Mo.; Dillon Harrell of Porter, Texas; Jake Lee of Knoxville, Tenn.; Julius Mazy of Phoenix, Ariz.; Nick Montilino of Edina, Minn.; Jared Penton of Sanger, Texas; Cam Sterritt of Newfields, N.H.; Ryan Wood of Broomfield, Colo.; and Trevor Yates of Norman, Okla.
The 12 have been invited to participate in a special Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament to be held in conjunction with BASSfest June 3-7 on Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Tennessee. Each high school angler will be paired with a Bassmaster Elite Series pro for the one-day tournament.