Georgetown, KY – The latest team to put Georgetown College “on the map” doesn’t kick, shoot or spike a ball. Rather, it’s all about reeling ‘em in.
On June 19, GC’s Bass Fishing Team placed 10th among 40 collegiate squads in the National Guard College Fishing Tournament at the Wolf River Chain of Lakes in Wisconsin. The other 39 duos represented universities; Georgetown was the only college!
Club president Clay Elliott, a rising junior from Pikeville, and Vincent Timperio, a junior from Corbin, represented GC and caught the limit of five fish – the largest a 9-pound, 13-oz bass. Eastern Kentucky University (12 lbs/10oz) and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (12 lbs/1oz) finished one-two.
Elliott, who is leaning toward a marketing career after college, said he went up with his father about two weeks prior to pre-fish the tourney area. “After that I was totally comfortable,” he said. “A local fisherman we went out with said he’d throw me in the lake if we didn’t finish in the top 10!”
The Bass Fishing Team is hoping to be declared an official “club sport” under the supervision of Georgetown College Athletics sometime in July. Volunteer coach Rex Huff, a semi-professional bass fisherman and father of team member Mike Huff – a junior from Corbin – would be the coach.
To say the team is “family” is not a stretch. Mike Huff, Nick Huff (who lives on the same Corbin street as Mike) and Clay Elliott are all first cousins. (Incidentally, Nick’s father, Dave, is an ’83 GC grad; both of Clay’s parents – John and Shanna (Huff) Elliott – are ’80 grads.)
Cousins Mike and Nick will represent the College at the next National Guard FLW College Fishing Central Division tournament July 16 at the Detroit River in Trenton, Mich. And, Clay has organized a “Battle of the Border” tournament between colleges from Kentucky and Tennessee at Lake Cherokee, TN, July 23-24.
The other members of the team are Logan Kincer, a junior from Mount Vernon; John Hunter, a sophomore from Shelbyville; and Shelby County High graduate Lauren Kelly, a sophomore now of Morehead City, NC.
Elliott said these Tiger fishermen love to show off their “GC” jerseys at regional and national competitions. “We’re a human billboard,” he said.