The New Richmond High School Ice Fishing team came just six inches short of defeating defending champion Wisconsin Rapids in this year’s Wisconsin High School Ice Fishing state competition.
“We came up just short with 295 inches, which put us behind by just five and a half inches,” said coach Jeff Albarado. “I told the kids that five and a half inches separating two teams in a fishing contest is closer than one point in basketball.”
A total of 55 teams competed at the competition, which took place on Shawano Lake in Shawano, with Wisconsin Rapids claiming first place for the second year in a row.
New Richmond took home three of six possible individual championships for largest fish of a specific type. Those honors went to Ben Shilts and Aiden Meirs. Meirs is a two-time individual state champion for catching the largest bass of the championship — at 19” long — as well as the largest perch of the championship — a 1.34 pound, 13.5 inch fish. Shilts took home the individual state champion title by catching the largest Northern, at 32.25 inches long.
The competition saw nearly 500 students competing from 40 different Wisconsin high schools.
The New Richmond team that participated at the state championships included Jordan Lyons, Noah Boyd, Andrew Hilby, Austin Fischer, Hunter Moody, Danielle Reali, Chayden Melby, Josh Severson, Anthony Kastens, Dawson Minke, Jordan Fischer, Ryan Jansen, Logan Bartlett, Chandler Canopy, Hunder Childs, Shilts and Miers.