The Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School ice fishing team competed in the Prairie Farm High School Invitational last Saturday, Jan. 8, held on the Chetek Chain of Lakes. Twelve different high school teams from around the area competed but the C-W team did very well on its home ice to take home the title. C-W finished in first place with a total score of 289 accumulative inches. Augusta High School took second place with 276 inches, followed by Amery in third place with 259 iches. The totals represent the total inches of fish caught and released in four categories—panfish, bass, northern and walleye. By winning the tournament, the C-W ice fishing team qualified for the State Tournament in Wisconsin Rapids in late-February, which will take place in Wisconsin Rapids. Highlights from the fishing tournament included senior Eric Taft catching a 20-inch walleye and junior Tyler Monnier catching a 23-inch walleye and 28-inch northern pike. Monnier, seniors Vinny Murray and Will Sexton, along with freshman Ethan Nelson, all caught respectable bass. The entire team contributed solid panfish to the cumulative total. “The team wanted to extend its appreciation to our sponsors—Rod & Gun Sport Shop for supplying bait and equipment and Pine Crest Golf Course for donating pizzas for lunch. Pictured in the team photo is, in front, from left to right, are Nelson, Sexton, Murray, Monnier and Taft; in back are coaches Jay Dachel, Indy Thompson and Lee Killoren. Also pictured  Monnier holds up a 28-inch pike, Sexton holds up a big largemouth bass he caught, Taft displays a chunky bluegill he reeled in on a jig pole.


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