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Mississippi College Bass Fishing Team Competes in Televised Tournament

September 21, 2012

The NBC Sports Network this fall will showcase a major collegiate bass fishing tournament that will include Mississippi College’s team competing with other leading Southern rivals.

MC’s team will compete in the FLW National Guard College regional championship at Lake Wylie, South Carolina September 27-29.

The Mississippi College duo of Adam Horn of Madison, and Chip Wells of Meridian will compete against teams from such schools as Auburn, North Carolina State, the University of Alabama, Troy University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Wake Forest, Tennessee Tech and Mississippi State University.

Horn, a May 2012 MC School of Business graduate, and Wells, a senior, qualified for the seven-state regional championship last spring at a tournament at Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia.

MC competes in the Southeastern Conference that includes Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida. Participants in the late September regional tournament will compete for the top prize of a 2013 Ranger Bass Boat worth about $25,000. The top five finishers get invited to the FLW College National Championship in the spring of 2013.

MC Bass Club President Grant Phillips is impressed with the two-man team of anglers. Horn and Wells qualified by catching 13 pounds, 11 ounces at the tournament in Georgia to finish second, and won $1,500 for the university in Clinton. “They qualified for the Southeastern Conference Regional for the first time in school history.”

The September event will be filmed for airing at a later date, but there will be a live feed accessible on the website collegefishing.com. The live weigh ins can be seen at FLWOutdoors.com during the three days of competition.

MC bass fishing coach Webb Collums is proud of the team’s dedication to their outdoors sport.

“The team puts in lots of time on the water on their own along with having four intense practices at Providence Hill Farm with local professionals to help them prepare for the season,” Collums said. “They have been very fortunate to align themselves with some great sponsors both locally and nationally.”

Duncan Marine in Brandon along with Ranger Boats provided jerseys for the MC team. Tacklewarehouse, Duckett Fishing and Vicious Fishing also contributed to the team’s success, he noted.

Jim Turcotte, the vice president for enrollment management and dean of students, oversees MC’s bass fishing, clay shooting and equestrian teams.

Interest in the trio of sports continues to grow at Mississippi College, Turcotte said. There are 25 students who are equestrian team riders, about twice the number from a year ago. In addition, there are 15 students on the clay shooting team, and 18 students with the bass fishing team and club. All of the MC squads are based at Providence Hill Farm.

For more information, contact Jim Turcotte at 1.800.738.1236 or 601.925.3315 or turcotte@mc.edu.

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