by Ed Beach
The Drury Bass Fishing team moved up six spots in the latest Bass Pro Shops School of the Year points race and are now ranked sixth in the nation. Adrian College in Michigan is number one in the standings, while McKendree is ranked second, and Murray State is third.
The national standings are based on points schools accumulate at sanctioned events throughout the year.
The Panthers have had a strong fall season with three boats finishing in the top 30 among 134 competitors at Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas in late October. Cole Breeden and Cameron Smith won the Fishing League Worldwide event at Lake of the Ozarks on October 21, and that tandem has been in the top 15 throughout the season.
Drury has finished the year ranked 30th in the nation in each of the last two seasons. Head coach Rick Emmitt, one of the country’s preeminent experts on bass fishing, has guided the program since its inception five years ago.
Drury has competed in six events in the 2019-20 campaign and is scheduled to be back on the water Feb. 22-23 in the Boat US tournament at Sam Rayburn Lake in Texas.