By Brand Driver, Staff Writer
Recently, the Mountain Lion fishing team of Young Harris College began action for the second consecutive year led by a squad of fishermen from the Young Harris student body.
Last year the YHC Mountain Lion Bass Fishing Team was started by Clint McNeil and Bradley Rutherford, who were excited to start a new club on campus. Rutherford was quick to recruit good fishermen to join the team alongside him. Rutherford and McNeil surprised the school when they took first place in their first qualifying tournament taking home ten thousand dollars to go toward the school.
Danny Rubino found out about the team and quickly jumped to the job of being the faculty adviser for the team. Danny helped bring more members to the team and helped find more sponsors to help out the ride.
This year, the team has twelve members growing from five last year.
“I am really excited about how fast the team is growing as well as the sport in general,” said sophomore Bradley Rutherford of Lavonia.
Sophomore Brooks Driver also had a few words about the coming year.
“I am looking forward to the upcoming season, because we have more experience and a few freshmen who we are looking to step up for the team,” said Driver.
The team recently sent sophomore fishermen Bradley Rutherford and Brooks Driver to Lake Chickamagua to fish the FLW (Forest L. Wood) qualifying tournament.
They came up just short of qualifying finishing in 8th place. Bradley Rutherford and freshman Robert Malcom will be going to Lake Pickwick in Florence, AL for another qualifying tournament.
Robert Malcom, a freshman from Royston is very excited about competing with the team for the first time.
“I hope to be a helpful addition to the bass fishing team this year and help take the team to the next level,” said Malcolm.
The Mountain Lions look to have a strong sophomore influence throughout the season. They also expect some over-the-water leadership expressed through second-year fisher Brad Rutherford. Students who are fans of outdoor sports can catch more news soon from the growing YHC Bass Fishing Team.