In the second year of any sports program you would not expected to be competing for a championship. But a few Corrigan-Camden anglers defied all odds and brought back a state championship to East Texas.
Wyatt Frankens and Clay Nash, two sophomores at Corrigan, competed in the FLW Texas High School State Fishing Tournament. Not only did the ‘small fish in the big pond' 2A school hold their weight against 36 other teams, they won. Second year coach Ernie Provasek (who is also the school's Geometry teacher) spoke about why he decided to begin coaching the fishing team.
"I do it for the kids," said Provasek. "I'm just proud of the boys to go and compete in something they may never have had a chance in before."
Nash and Frankens each brought their championship trophies to school on Monday. Both sophomores were extremely proud to bring home the championship to Corrigan and all of East Texas.
"It felt like the odds were definitely against us," said Nash. "Just being a team from a small school in East Texas. But in the end it felt great to represent our school, it is one of the greatest feelings to know you are a state champion."
The Bulldogs may have gone in to the tournament feeling like underdogs but that did not stop them from having confidence. It may not be on the scale of the Hoosier's basketball story, but these boys are proud of their win.
"It feels great, it's like a dream come true," said Frankens. "You know we might be a little school but we went out there and proved we could hang with the big dogs too."
In all Corrigan sent three teams to the state tournament and hope to grow the program in the future.
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