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Bethel Maintains Lead in Cabela's School of Year Race

West Virginia and North Alabama sit in 2nd and 3rd

by: Amanda Gutierrez,

Bethel University
Photo by Amanda Gutierrez
(Aug 23, 2017 - San Antonio, TX)  The 2017-2018 Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia is off to a hot start with Bethel University out to an early lead. Bethel University has fished three events so far in the 2017-2018 Season. Some of the top finishes which have led Bethel to the number one ranking recently include Evan Owrey and Kristopher Queen third place finish at the FLW Championship, Cole Floyd and Carter McNeil second place finish at the B.A.S.S. Championship and the team of Hunter Louden and Cully Scroggins 8th place at the B.A.S.S. Wildcard event. Right out of the gate, Bethel University has had six different anglers contributing points to the team which shows the depth at the program for this season.
"We think that it's a great honor and we hope that we can go all year this upcoming year and win the school of the year points. We have most of our guys coming back this upcoming year and many more great young anglers coming into our program this year. We look forward to competing this upcoming season." said Gary Mason, Bethel University Bass Fishing Coach.

In second place, is West Virginia University, which is their highest ranking ever. They've competed in all four qualifying School of the Year events this season with a 44th finish by Nolan Minor and Casey Lanier at the B.A.S.S. College Championship and 6th at the B.A.S.S. Wildcard event, the team of Kirkland Price and Bailey Gordon finished 23rd at the FLW Championship, and the team of Michael Shughart and Branden Newcome had a top ten finish at the FLW Northern event placing 10th. When asked what it means to be sitting in second place and what it would mean to win the Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, West Virginia University had this to say,

About the ACA
The Association of Collegiate Anglers, a division of Careco TV, is a sanctioning body developed to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing. The ACA provides support to dozens of school operated regional events nationwide and owns the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, the largest participatory collegiate tournament circuit in the country.  With dedicated collegiate fishing programming on several television networks, four nationally televised collegiate bass fishing events, and thousands of members, the ACA is the leader in competitive collegiate bass fishing.  For more information on the ACA, or the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, visit For more information on Cabela's visit,