CARLYLE — The wreck of the Antioch bass team boat on Saturday on the final day of the 11th IHSA state championship for bass fishing on Carlyle Lake overshadowed the jump by the Goreville brother-sister team of Landon and Kaeden Albright into a second-place finish.
Antioch, in second after Day 1, was returning to the weigh-in site when their boat motor died and their boat crashed on rocks onshore.
"The waves were high and mighty," Antioch coach Brad Rubin said of their return. "Then the motor died. We were maybe a quarter mile off shore. We knew the boat would hit the rocks. We called 911 immediately. We had the kids get up front and jump off first, then [Rubin and boat captain Blake Keulen] jumped off."
As of Saturday afternoon, the Illinois Conservation Police and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff were trying to figure out how to retrieve the boat; conditions are expected to be worse on Sunday.
Forecast high winds from the south-southwest with gusts to 30 mph forced an early scheduled end. The first flight came back in by 1 p.m. with the other two flights returning within 15-minute intervals.
It was the 10th year in 11 where weather forced postponement, delays or shortening of the state championship.
"We consulted with the National Weather Service and they said the winds would be picking up," Kurt Gibson, IHSA associate executive director, said of the scheduled early end. "We want to make sure everybody who comes here has a good experience. They were talking sustained south-southwest winds to 20 mph with gusts to 30."
On the fishing side, Day 1 leader Highland held on to win its second state title with 4 pounds, 11 ounces on the final day for a 21-1 total. Goreville missed the title by three ounces with the best bag of Day 2 of 12-1. The Albrights were in 12th with 8-13 after the first day.
"We were cranking' all day," Kaeden said.
Landon again caught the big bass (3-3) for the team.
Each boat may weigh their five heaviest black bass, 12 inches or longer. Each boat has an adult captain. The Albrights' mom, Jamie, is their boat captain.
"She will catch the first one and that will get him going," Jamie said.
Coach Eric Messmer said, "They had a heck of a year. They work well together and get along."
As to conditions, Jamie said, "It got pretty bad around 11."
Looks like the family tradition will keep going. After Landon graduates next year, younger sister Reice Mae will be a freshman when her sister is a senior.
"She is out there practicing with me all the time," Kaeden said.
Carbondale sophomore Jayden Snyder caught the big bass of the tournament, a 5-11, on Saturday as he and junior Kallie Heavrin jumped the Terriers from 32nd at 2-12 to finish 16th with 9-10.