RCHS Eagle Angler Devin Wallis, seated center, is shown signing a fishing scholarship to Bryan College on Thursday. Wallis is the first-ever RCHS student to sign a collegiate angler scholarship. Front row, from left, are Bill Shipley, Kelly Wallis, Devin Wallis, Michael Wallis and Frieda Shipley. Back row, from left, are Jessee Wallis, Eagle Angler coach Brian Derlak, Bryan Angler coach Mike Keen, Nikki Wallis and RCHS athletic director Micah Ruehling.
Published: 5:08 PM, 12/13/2013
Last updated: 5:09 PM, 12/13/2013
Author: Ernie Harris Source: The Herald-News
A favorite pastime taught by his father and grandfather has led to a fishing scholarship for Rhea County High School [RCHS] Eagle Angler senior Devin Wallis, who inked the papers on Thursday to be a part of Bryan College’s inaugural team in the fall of 2014.
“My dad and pappy taught me how to fish when I was little and I’ve always liked fishing but I never thought it would lead to this,” said Wallis of his scholarship. “I’m very excited and ecstatic about it and didn’t sleep a wink last night.”
With the popularity of the FLW and Bass Masters Tours, competitive collegiate fishing has been rapidly growing over the past 10-20 years throughout many universities and colleges across the country, complete with multi-school tournaments.
Bryan College Angler head coach Mike Keen is hand picking and assembling a team of approximately 20 to take part in the inaugural season and is excited to land a local angler in Wallis.
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