The year has not been a good one for the Arizona State University Sun Devils.
The football team failed to earn a bowl invitation, the basketball squad won’t be going to the NIT much less the NCAA tournament and baseball is on sanctions and is prohibited from going to the collegiate World Series.
As if that wasn’t enough agony, even more was heaped on Devils’ disciples Feb. 19 at Roosevelt Lake where the ASU bass fishing team had to settle for second place in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Western Division Tournament.
And guess who relegated the Sun Devils to the runner-up spot on ASU’s home lake?
A bunch of Ducks.
The Oregon Ducks, that is.
The OU team of Ross Richards and Reed Frazier took first place in the event weighing in five bass that tipped the scale at 12 pounds.
ASU’s team of Joseph Jarrell and Kyle Keegan had to settle for the silver medal, boating five bass that weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces.
Jarrell, a material science engineering student and Tempe Desert Vista High School graduate, entered the tournament as a favorite, but the Oregon team pulled off the upset.
California Polytechnic Institute took third, California State University fourth and the Northern Arizona University team of Nicole Albright and Brent Perkins was fifth.
Those teams qualified for the region championship where the first place prize will be $12,500 for their school, $12,500 cash and a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90 horsepower motor. The boat will be painted the winning school’s colors.
At Roosevelt and all other FLW college tournaments the college students fish for free and local boat owners volunteer to escort the young anglers on the lakes.
Payson bass fishing tournament co-chairman Jim Goughnour said he was extremely grateful for the local volunteers who stepped up and offered the use of their boats.
The next National Guard FLW College Western Division tournament is May 7 at California Delta in Stockton, Calif.