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Benton's Richardson named to Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team

  • Benton sophomore Laindree Richardson was recently voted as one of the top student athletes to the 2020 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team.

    Benton sophomore Laindree Richardson was recently voted as one of the top student athletes to the 2020 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team.
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By Spyder Dann mdann@dailyregister.com
updated: 4/17/2020 7:02 PM

Benton's Laindree Richardson has been bestowed an honor that only 48 other high school students received.
Richardson, a sophomore at Benton, was named as one of the top student athletes to the 2020 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team.
Richardson was joined on the Illinois list by Minooka's Wyatt Pazdro.
The students were selected for the honor based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement and leadership in conversation and community service.
To be considered fro the All-State Fishing Team, a student must have been nominated by a parent, coach, teacher or other school official. Students enrolled in grades 10-12 with a current-year grade point average of 2.5 or higher were eligible.
Richardson, who carries a 4.5 grade point average at BCHS and is part of the National Honors Society, competed at Smith Lake in Alabama and Toledo Bend in Louisiana before the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also cleaning up around local lakes along with helping out at her church, First United Methodist in Benton. In addition, Richardson took over her brothers line recycling program at local lakes and making masks for her community.
"I've fished my entire life," Richardson said Tuesday after learning of the announcement. "I began fishing in tournaments when I was in the seventh grade. My entire family fishes, but my brother Dailus is my biggest inspiration."
B.A.S.S. received more than 300 nominations from across the nation. From these, judges selected 49 student anglers from 33 states to make the All-State Fishing Team. In addition, 54 students received Honorable Mentions recognizing them for their tournament success as well as community service and academic achievement.
Goreville's Landon Albright, along with Decatur's Maxwell Trotter and Gardner's Grant Olsen were all named to the Honorable Mention Team.
Richardson now moves her name into a second round were a new panel of judges will review nominations of the 49 All-State team members and select the 12 members of the 2020 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. As in All-State judging, criteria include success in high school fishing tournaments, involvement in conservation efforts and other community service activities.
The 12 finalists will compete in a one-day Bassmaster All-American High School Bass Tournament held during the 2020 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department event, a fan-favorite festival which is currently scheduled to take place June 5-9 on Lake Fork out of Quitman, Texas.
 Elite Series anglers will serve as teammates and "coaches" of the student anglers in the tournament. The high school standouts will be honored on the main Texas Fest stage at the weigh-in.
 
Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois Local Media News Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.